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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Alan
  • st george, UT, United States
  • 10-21-11

I was skeptical

I was skeptical about watching the movie. We all know the story, great preview, sucks when you see it. After watching the movie however I thought "Wow, not that bad." then I thought hey wonder if there is a book. And you know the rest. Like most books its better than the movie and has a different ending.

The performance by Fred Berman is excellent and he really makes Glynn's story pop.

In short. Get it!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Kula, HI, United States
  • 03-24-11

Good Read!

This story kept up my interest. It is one of those books that is hard to stop listening to. I really liked it a lot!
I also liked the narrator and thought he did a great job. I can see where this would make a good movie as well.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining, Slightly different than movie

I felt that the narrator was very talented, and had a melodic cadence to his voices which was very easy to listen to for several hours. I also enjoyed his many and varied dialects and characterizations.

The ending was different than the movie. I liked the movie, and the novel equally well. They were different enough to both be interesting, but similar enough that the one seemed, to me anyhow, to add to the other.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • daniel
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 10-05-11

Great Story and Interpretation

This story is sort of a modern day Jekyll and Hyde, but rather than explore the downside of one's animal nature taken to its extreme, the most intelligent manifestaion is explored instead. Very interesting. The reading is pretty good as well, as the story takes place in Manhattan and the reader does have an NYC accent and does a pretty good Russian accent when interpreting one of the central characters. Enjoyable and I would recommend.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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amazing story very fun.

Great writing I felt as if I had been taking MDT my self I was enthralled in Eddie Spagonals life and the character development was excellent.i recommend this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 04-14-11

Good with a great Twist

I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but there was a sense of superiority that was annoying. Also, there were some points in the book that I was saying, like you do in a movie, seriously? It just had a few too many unbelievable moments where the answer was quite obvious, and yet, the character seemed not to notice the inevitable. Overall, this is a very entertaining book. I am glad I listened before seeing the movie. Be sure and stick with it till the end. It has a great twist.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love this idea, the book's not the movie

I love the idea behind this book and the movie.

the book is much more raw than the movie. The plots pretty much follow the same flow. I didn't like the character as much here as in the movie even though he is more real here. He's a lot slimier in the book. His direction and world view are limited.

Glynn has his character doing 1/2 a pill and acting like a moron. Thats what bugged me most. I didn't enjoy reading about a guy that was supposed to have an IQ of 800 and then look at his actions as though he were a low brow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Liked the movie better.

I liked the movie much better but it was worth the money. I recommend it especially if you haven't seen the movie because once you read it you will want to see the movie and I'm sure you'll enjoy the movie much more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Reader Great Story

I purchased the book already watching the movie and as with most the book is way better then the movie. The ending was much more plausible. I could not wait for the ride home to listen to the whole way thru the book. The reader gets you into the story and keeps you going. I have already recommended the book to a few friends and would do the same for you reading this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Limited

This was a decent enough easy read, but not the action or pace I expected after reading the reviews... Better than average, and deserves a 3.5 star rating, but don't get half star options in the rating system, and it's notquite good enough for a 4... The story concept was fascinating, but never really explored it the way that would have heightened its appeal... At times it moved slowly, and kept going from idea to idea w/o really digging into them... Maybe related to the aspects of the drug and its effects... A lil mirroring perhap??? I bought the book bc I'm enjoying the new tv series, but the book falls short of the tv series appeal... The narration did make the book better than it would have been otherwise... I'm disappointed mainly bc I expected more which could be me more than the book... That being said this isn't a book full of thrills as the reader might expect... More thoughtful introspection and window into flaws of the main character, than a romping adventure thriller... Woulda preferred a better read for the credit, but worth it all the same... Intrigue is maintained, but more for the fact that you keep expecting it ramp up as hints it will do, but stays a bit vanilla in the end...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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