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Summary

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 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.

©2014 Alan Glynn (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing

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This was a great book, by far one of my favourites

Great book, much better than the film and managed to finish it in about 4 days, loved it and would 100% recommend it. It very much has a Lucy meets wolf of wall street feel to it. x

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brilliant

I picked this audio book because I liked the film, but the book was so much better and the narrator was great as well

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Like the movie but Longer

I enjoyed the book for the most part, the end for me seemed a little rushed at the end which left me a little empty like all the loose ends were unfinished.

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Stick to the coffee...

Like Daniel Keyes's 1960's science fiction classic "Flowers for Algernon" this enjoyable thriller takes the idea of a drug that supercharges the human brain, enabling the taker to think at stratospheric levels, and achieve transcendent feats of analysis and systems thinking.
That's what happens to Eddie Spinola, shlubby, coasting writer, wrestling with ill health and apathy. His brother in law offers him a free sample of a new drug that is being trialled on he market...and very quickly Eddie sorts his flat out, masters languages, catches up and gets ahead with his work, and beds women after one conversation.
But nothing is without a price. After visiting his brother in law Eddie stumbles on his murder, and finds a stash of the drug, money and a an address book. As his use of the drug deepens, so his abilities. Winning a fortune on the stock market he is soon leading corporate mega mergers. But with deeper use come side effects. Memory loss and black outs. And Eddie to his horror discovers they may have led to murder at his hands.
Uncovering a shadowy corporate pharma network and a trail of dead and mentally ruined people, Eddie discovers that, like Icarus, he may have flown too close to the sun..
With its intriguing premise that leads you to imagine what you would do on MDT (the name of this fictional drug), and with sharp, where it counts characterisation, and a rattling pace, this hooks you in right to the final act, where you find out how just deep the rabbit hole goes.
A prequel, sequel is now available, "Under the Night."
Bryan Bound's narration is a good match, dry and laconic, and he has a good range. His female characters are less convincingly voiced. Often just stopping at speaking a bit falsetto.

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not as good as the film.

love the film.
this has a different, lesser ending.
not sure I'd bother if I was you.

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A remarkably human tale

interesting, exhilarating and increasingly relevant to the challenges we as a society will likely face in the near future.

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excellent read

loved it. really liked the movie but this has so much more depth. great narration aswell.

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First time I rate film above book.

Unusual but the movie, or rather the screenplay, was a better and more logical story. The original Eddie in the book isn't half as intelligent as the Eddie of the screenplay. Actually he is quite dimwitted. He totally ignores his biggest problem and doesn't even THINK about a solution. (think about that)

Unbelievable blunder for a genius analyst.
At several points even the reader sees how he could have nipped it in the bud. No wonder the screenwriter made the obvious adjustments.

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Excellent and enjoyable

A very clever story telling one man's challenge to change his life following a chance encounter on a New York street.
The plot is far reaching but logical and plausible. I enjoyed the description of New York and its areas and suburbs.
The narration was excellent - it feels like Eddie is talking to you.

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Disappointed...

Huge fan of the film, one of my favourites. Wouldn't recommend if you've seen the movie. The book is more somber than the movie, and for me misses the same inspiration and momentum. The movie adaptation and screenplay added a lot more to the characters, especially Carl Van Loon and Victor Gennady. Narration was fine.

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  • 27-12-19

Excellent! Much better than the movie.

This is a great book - it is way better than the movie and the tv series. The performance is equally great - I loved every minute of it. Sad thing is I am in Poland and Audible does not want to sell me the prequel/sequel "The Receptor" :(

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Terrific! Really well written and a great reader.

Thoroughly recommend this unusual and fascinating book. Never once lost interest and the reader was excellent. My first Alan Glynn. Read with the same pace and rhythm with which it was written. One of the best books of the year so far for me.
A touch of the Stephen King about the story without the weird and unbelievable stretches. I always had a belief that this could be possible and the story tied me to it until the last words. One of those rare books that was disappointing to finish.
Well worth a credit. Go ahead and get it, you won't be sorry.
Very well done.

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  • 17-12-16

Very good

What about Bryan Bounds’s performance did you like?

The narrator was extremely good. Really gave life to the story

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I felt that the hero could have been more smarter in the book.

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  • 01-03-16

A great book!

It's a great audiobook but the ending was kind of boring since I exoected something more after the movie.