Limitless

Imagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential A drug that allowed you pick up a foreign language in a single day A drug that helped you process information so fast you could see patterns in the stock market.Just as his life is fading into mediocrity, Eddie Spinola comes across such a pill MDT 48 a sort of Viagra for the brain But while its benefiImagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential A drug that allowed you pick up a foreign language in a single day A drug that helped you process information so fast you could see patterns in the stock market.Just as his life is fading into mediocrity, Eddie Spinola comes across such a pill MDT 48 a sort of Viagra for the brain But while its benefits materialise quickly, so do certain unwelcome side effects And when Eddie decides to track down other users, he soon discovers that they re all dying, or already dead
Limitless Imagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential A drug that allowed you pick up a foreign language in a single day A drug that helped you process information so fast you could see p

  • Title: Limitless
  • Author: Alan Glynn
  • ISBN: 9780571273348
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
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    Alan Glynn

    Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College His first novel, The Dark Fields, was released in March 2011 as the movie Limitless by Relativity Media He is also the author of Graveland, Winterland and Bloodland, for which he won the 2011 Irish Book Awardcmillan author alanglynn

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    • Froztwolf said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I'm always saddened when this happens. You see a movie, made after a book, and you get the feeling there is some dense, convergent story in the book that had to be greatly simplified to fit into movie form. Instead, what you get is an unfocused, chaotic story with a disappointing ending. On a technical level the book is well written. The language is rich, but easy to read and the characters are believable, if not very relateable.The structure is where the book fails. It seems like the writer sta [...]

    • Lucy said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I've been meaning to review this book for awhile just like I was meaning to finish the last couple of chapters for a few days. When I don't feel a big drive to finish a book I know without a lot of examination that it's not four stars, but here's the breakdown anyway.The book got lost in a lot of financial jargon. It went down some tangents where bulk information unrelated to the plot was relayed and I was inclined to skip or skim. It was a case of the research showing too much. Imagine you're w [...]

    • Gabriel said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      Good, but very different from the movie. Recall that this book was originally named "The Dark Fields" and written by a brooding Irishman. Don't expect the same story arc or ending as you find in a Hollywood movie named "Limitless."All that said, I enjoyed the movie and the book for different reasons. They tell different stories and tell them in different ways. In the movie, Robert De Niro has a line that goes something like "Your powers are unearned to date. Nothing is unearned." I thought this [...]

    • Nasrin Saberi Shakib said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I watched the film adaptation (Limitless) before reading the book. Usually it is the other way around for me. I thought the book went into the social impact of the drug much better than the movie did. It accomplished this partly by delving into the experience of other users, besides the protagonist. The main premise, as other reviewers have noted, is a new designer drug that enhances the intelligence. The main character, Eddie Spinola, lives an uninspiring life as a contract writer hurrying to m [...]

    • Rice said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I decided to pick this book up because I saw the movie trailer and thought it looked really good. I really hope the movie is better than the book, for once.The story line seemed promising, but it never picked up. Sure, there were a few parts that started to get exciting, but there was nothing in this book that kept me wanting more. There were way too many irrelevant slow paced parts in the book, a handful of pointless characters (Ginny, especially), and the ending was awful. My husband told me I [...]

    • Brooke said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      You will possibly know this as the Bradley Cooper movie Limitless (if you go searching for the book, look it up under the movie's title - I don't think it's published under the original title any longer). The main character, Eddie Spinola, acquires some medication that makes him insanely smart. He absorbs information and processes it so quickly that he learns new languages in a day and is able to play the stock market like a toy xylophone. Unfortunately, the drug has its downsides as well, as on [...]

    • Steve said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I'm glad I read the book. They shouldn't have changed the title to match "the Movie", as the two stories are barely connected by names. The book is it's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Jekyl and Hyde, Frankenstein; the movie is Cinderella with chemicals. The book does a reasonable job of exploring the practical complications of the question "If I am my mind, and chemistry changes my mind, am I still me?"; the movie explores the question, "What happens if I find a pill that makes me full of win?". The [...]

    • Prakash said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I decided to read the novel because I enjoyed the movie so much. I had taken my family to the movie and they really enjoyed it too. Had the movie been true to the book, I don't think that would've been the case. I believe the changes were done intentionally so that the movie would have much more entertainment value.I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who praised Alan Glynn for the research he did on the various subjects touched on in the book. It very much feels when you read the book that [...]

    • Jennifer Willis said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      If you were offered a pill that would make you smarter, more focused and infinitely more productive, would you take it? Would you bother to ask about the side effects first?Protagonist Eddie Spinola isn't initially told what this tiny pill will do for -- or to -- him, but he knocks back the MDT-48 anyway, and his life immediately becomes a thrilling (and unmanageable) roller coaster.I've not seen the movie, "Limitless," based on this book by Alan Glynn. The film previews got me interested in the [...]

    • Sonia said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I saw the trailer to the film Limitless some time ago, and thought “Cool – that looks excellent” and then didn’t get a chance to see it at the flicks, so when I saw the book cheap on Kindle (a cool £1) I thought I’d give it a bash.I didn’t realise that the book had actually been re-released under a different name to tie-in with the film. The book was originally published in 2001 and was called The Dark Fields.I have to admit, I was completely drawn in right from the very beginning.E [...]

    • Michael said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I think having seen the movie, made the book less enjoyable, all the key plot points are in the movie; minus all the long drawn out jargon that the author uses. There are some interesting things in the book that didn’t translate in the movie, but its too simlar. In the end the movie is much more enjoyable.

    • Tyler Simard said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      Alan Glynn wrote the novel "The Dark Fields" Which was later changed into "Limitless". This book is a definite page-turner for me. I am reading this book after seeing the movie several months ago. I notice that many parts were interpreted in the movie and I am recieving a whole new insight on the plot of the story. It is interesting to see the differences between the film and the book. Limitless is a great example of the word Automaton. The dictionary definition for Automaton states the followin [...]

    • Laura Freed said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      When I first started this book, I wrote: Wow. This book is blowing me away. If the movie is half as good as this I'll be surprised!Then I got mid way through (maybe not even midway) and while the action scenes were page turners, the author had a tendency to give excruciating details about what Eddie Spinola (great character name!)was learning about when he took the "limitless" drug. It was like a condensed history lesson about things I could care less about and that did not further the story alo [...]

    • Otherwyrld said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I picked this book up on a whim as I had seen the film a while ago and hadn't realised that it was actually based on a book.The story is told from the point of view of Eddie Spinola, your average heading towards mid-life crisis type of guy, who is suddenly given the chance to turn his life around with a mystery drug provided by his ex brother in law. The sudden improvement in his ability to think and do things that seemed to be beyond him before provides for an exhilarating ride as he explores t [...]

    • Jenny said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      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 [...]

    • Angie said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      This was very similar to the movie. I had actually seen Limitless before I read the book and as I'd loved the film wasn't sure at all how the book would hold up. I loved it.The books about a new super drug that allows you to preform 200% but there is a major downside. The come down is a total bitch! I loved the characters, and its was wonderful seeing in my mind Bradley Cooper as Eddie Spinola. The book moves at a fast pace and when the deaths and confusion start it go from good to excellent.

    • Danm said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      This is the movie Limitless. If you saw the movie, you should still read the book. It's intriguing, and the ending is different. Remember, this is the original story. I couldn't give it five stars due to some repetitive situations between the halfway and three-quarter points of the book, but still a fun ride. Overall, a recommended read. I look forward to reading Winterland, even though I haven't even looked to see what it's about yet.

    • Carly Marino said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I'm sorry but I loved this novel. I read it in like a day. It was fast paced and an interesting idea. And the TV show was the best but they canceled it. Wahh. But this isn't a TV show review, it's a BOOK review. haha. So I wanted to say that the book is fun, exciting, and a page-turner. For me anyway. A drug that makes you smarter but has consequences. Very cool.

    • Dino said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      Film je puno puno zanimljiviji.

    • Mark said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I'll give Alan Glynn credit: He kept me engaged throughout this book, and I really did want to find out what happened to his slacker protagonist who suddenly gains mental superpowers when he takes a miraculous new drug.I can also judge this book without having been affected by Bradley Cooper-mania and the movie version, which I missed. The story begins when Eddie Spinola, a lonely, frustrated copy editor for a New York publisher, bumps into his former brother in law, and agrees to take a pill th [...]

    • Breanna Domingos said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      The book called "Limitless" presents itself exactly how it sounds. It is creative and as out there as possible. While reading this book I discovered that my two favorite characters were the main character, Eddie Morra, and Vernon Grant, his ex wives brother. These two characters controlled and influenced the entire story due to a coincidence. Eddie also influenced my appreciation of this book by his quick character change. He goes from a broke and divorced hood rat to a high class man who is now [...]

    • Lone Automaton said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I picked the movie tie-in version of this novel at a secondhand store under the title "Limitless". I had seen the film when it was in theatres and decided to give the book a go.I went into it not expecting much. It was a great film, but somehow I couldn't see it being a compelling read, but I was pleasantly surprisede book reminds me a little of "American Psycho" or "Fight Club". It's hip, sleek, addictive.Despite his obvious flaws I found the main character immediately likable and wanted him to [...]

    • David Lucero said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I saw this movie because the main character was a writer, burnt out and clueless. As a writer myself I can say I know the feeling. Anyway, I wasn't too thrilled about watching the movie because Bradley Cooper was the lead actor. It's not that I don't think he's any good, but rather he played the role of creep in 'Wedding Crashers' so well that whenever I saw him in another role I couldn't shake the character he played in Wedding Crashers. Well, that has all been erased. Not only did Cooper do a [...]

    • Jared said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      (SPOILER ALERT!)This book is the literary basis of the highly likable movie "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper and Robert Deniro. The book and the movie are that rare breed of identical twins that are actually easy to tell apart. They share many of the same players, or people who add up to the same players, and the paint largely the same picture. However, the book for me is actually lacking when compared to the movie. 1. You know the outcome, through the storytellers own devices, after the firs [...]

    • Josh said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      A vivid imagery of time lapsed reality distorted by fragmented moments both out of body and out of character. MDT-48, a designer drug for the intellect and recollection becomes the quick addiction of Eddie Spinola transforming him from a struggling author of sorts into a high powered stock market trader and broker of multimillion dollar company mergers. I couldn’t put this down, speed reading with vivaciousness akin to Eddie’s own reading ability whilst consumed by MDT-48. I simply couldn’ [...]

    • Rebecca said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I didn't see the movie, though it looked somewhat interesting. I'll catch it when it's on FX in like 3 years. In the meantime, I found out that the movie was based on a book! So instead of waiting for the movie, I picked up the book for free to see what the plot was all about. Yeah, it was pretty much what I expected. I actually thought the book would be worse then it was and it really wasn't awful. I wish the author dove more into the history of the drug or what happened to all the people that [...]

    • Internet said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      Basically a modern retelling of Flowers for Algernon, moreso than the movie.I enjoyed the inspiring "zero to hero" story in the first half. One or two moments struck me as a neckbeard's fantasy such as when Eddie impresses a girl by telling her about the mechanics of wind and how it's formed. Yet it has a merit of truth to it, because depending on how you say something--the more charismatic you are, the more interested the listener is.In the second half I was questioning almost all of Eddie's ac [...]

    • Carmen said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      This wasn't a very good book, because it was not very well-written, not because the concept was poor. There is a drug that makes you all you can be. You are productive, driven, creative, and you can learn very fast. This makes you (usually) rich and powerful and thin. But if you ever stop taking the drug, you don't just “go back to normal”. You suffer blackouts (well, you do this even while on the drug, and sometimes get aggressive and kill people and don't remember it), have headaches, inso [...]

    • Natalie K. Martin said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      I watched the film a few years ago and didn't even realise it was a book. I was a bit sceptical at first but it's fantastic. The story kicks in straight away and it's written in a way that makes you really feel the effects of the drug in Eddie's system. He goes from being a struggling, jaded writer to frankly an amazing, intellectual, knowledge hungry and often scary person under MDT's effects.The story is well thought out and even though there are technical bits in there about stock markets and [...]

    • Daniel Mihai Popescu said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

      They took a good book and made a lame movie. Now the book is reviewed on my blog, RodolfoGrimaldiBlog • Twitter • Facebook • LinkedIn • Instagram • Google+

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