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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Glynn Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A burnout at thirty-five, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jay | 2/14/2014

    " I was intrigued by the premise, but didn't get what I expected. No ruminations of taking MDT myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 2/5/2014

    " If you've seen the movie you might be disappointed by a totally different ending. Still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/26/2014

    " I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars on this one. I love the premise, the idea - and it's not far-fetched at all - that a pill could help us utilise our full mental potential. How addictive that would be! Glynn's writing is good as are his characters. If anything he overdid the research in my opinion: there's way too much information regarding how his MC conquered the stock market - pages of it. For me he should have summed this all up in one paragraph: For the next couple of months I analysed and mastered the stock market, earning myself a shit-load of money - and then moved on. And then there's the story's ending, which I'm pleased to hear was rewritten for the film. Yes, the ending is true to life, but this is fiction, not life, so I believe it should have been a bit more hopeful. Glynn could have done so much more with this great idea. Still, it's worth reading if for no other reason than it makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joy | 1/25/2014

    " I picked this up because the movie Limitless was based on it, and I was curious to see how the novel ended; I felt the movie ending was a departure from the story as it had been proceeding. I was right; the book ends quite differently, much more in line with the main thread of the story. Not as happy of a resolution, but certainly a more authentic and satisfying one. An interesting comment on the notions of human potential, reminiscent of Flowers For Algernon, though with less pathos and a touch of conspiracy theory. "

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