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Limitless Audiobook

Limitless: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture from Relativity Media.

A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function.

One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food. Naturally, he begins to play the stock market. But when Vernon turns up dead, Eddie makes off with the only stash of the drug in existence. Then come the side effects: black-outs, blinding headaches, and violent outbursts he can’t seem to remember.

Alan Glynn’s Limitless is a high-concept thriller for this Adderall age, and a haunting meditation on the allure and the curse of human potential.

©2001 Alan Glynn (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Alan Glynn has created enough twists and thrills to keep readers up late—even without resorting to illegal and dangerous substances." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A compulsive chemical thriller." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Chris 03-12-15
    Chris 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible ending"

    Never thought I would say this but the movie was better. The ending seemed as if he was ready to get it over with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joshua p sines 09-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked the movie more"

    Close to the movie but liked the movie a little more. The book had to many loose ends for me.

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    Don M. San Diego, CA USA 09-17-17
    Don M. San Diego, CA USA 09-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the premise as it's easy to put yourself in the position of the antagonist and imagine what you would do if your intellect suddenly increased by an order of magnitude.


    Any additional comments?

    What frustrated me most about this novel was the fact that this person with supposedly infinite intelligence kept making the most stupid and ridiculous decision. It kind of pulled me out of the story.

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    William 09-12-17
    William 09-12-17
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    "limitless limited"

    I purchased the book in hopes it was better than the movie, but in the end I liked the movie better. The narration was good and the story line was very close to the movie through most of the book. While I won't listen to it again, I did enjoy listening to it.

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    Kody 09-05-17
    Kody 09-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "it was okay (the movie was MUCH better)"

    it was alright. it really dragged in the middle and it just wasn't what I was expecting since I have seen the movie. I would of probably felt differently if I had went into it with zero expectations but, alas, here we are. voice acting was okay, at best. story was super slow to develop but had some really interesting spots, overall, if it's on sale for $5, give it a buy... but anything more is too much for this book

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    Sahid 09-02-17
    Sahid 09-02-17
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    "Movie and book drift plot wise but both are great!"

    If you are thinking about buying the book after seeing the movie, don't hesitate and do it!

    There is definitely a fork in the story lines, and while I liked the movie more than the book, I truly enjoyed the later to the point where it became the first book I finished one go. Yes, it is that freaking intense!

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    In stories like this one, in my opinion, people want more than an abrupt, wasteful, ending. The ending of the book is not the best since it ended too soon and left a sense "wasted intellect". The author could've have taken it to a whole different dimension! Alan Glynn failed in this endeavor, but someone else succeeded.

    Leslie Dixon, screenwriter from California, took the story and made it better for the movie. She delivered satisfaction by keeping the character alive, successful, and very very veeeery smart! She opened up the possibility for a sequel (sadly, the show was shit). In short, she did away with the wasted intellect.

    Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Jabari Breary 08-11-17
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    "great book"

    one of my favorite movies and novels. would like to read more book like this one.

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    JMGuitars 03-29-17
    JMGuitars 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story, Terrible Language"
    What disappointed you about Limitless?

    I loved watching the movie and TV series, however, the language was much better in those forms.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed that an author would need to use weak language to sully a story. I haven't finished it and will not because it is offensive to me.


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    Timothy Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-17
    Timothy Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "the movie was better"

    It had a week ending. if you liked the movie or the tv show don't bother with the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 12-15-16
    Melissa 12-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Unique"

    Unique and interesting story. I could relate to the main character. Also love the movie.

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