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Along Came a Spider | [James Patterson]

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.
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Publisher's Summary

Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the Secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever heard.

©1993 by James Patterson; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket to give us a buzz." (The New York Times)
"Cross is one of the great creations of thriller fiction." (Dallas Morning News)

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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "An Car rider book"

    This is a good story and good narration, but it is for drive time not sleepy time.

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    Marilyn 04-26-11
    Marilyn 04-26-11

    I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.

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    "First and best of the series"

    I have read other books in this series, but I liked this one best. The author paid more attention than usual to creating a character and defining his/her motivation. Subsequent books in the series didn't bother with minor issues like character development and Patterson isn't the best author for you if you like characters who behave like real people. It's reasonably good entertainment, though, even if you can't remember it later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2012

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "Loved it"

    I loved this story and loved the movie too! What a twisted and surprise ending. I will not ruin it, but the twists and turns were very entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bowens 06-09-07 Member Since 2010
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    "A patterson Hit"

    I love most of Pattersons books, and this was no exception. I usuall try and listen to series in order, but I had some trouble getting all the Patterson books in the Cross series. It was good to see where things started. This was an excellent book.

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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 10-20-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 10-20-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Held my attention."

    Good story. Lots of plot twists. Narration was okay too. Overall, very recommendable. I've got a few other audiobooks to listen to first but I plan to check in with Alex Cross again in the near future.

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-24-03
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-24-03 Member Since 2005
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    "Good"

    If you liked the movie version of this book, don't be surprised at how different the actual story is! I won't give it away, but I really didn't know whether I really liked the story in the beginning! It is really good if you separate it from the movie, though.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-10-14
    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A little slow to start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Along Came a Spider to be better than the print version?

    I've never read it but this version was better than the movie than again any book is usually better than the movie because a movie has to sum it up in 2 hrs.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was a good plot if you are intrigued by the criminal mind and like to know how and why a criminal thinks.


    What about Charles Turner’s performance did you like?

    I like the narrators ability to effectively play a split personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes once the book caught my intention I wanted to finish it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Woonsocket, RI, United States 03-08-13
    Tracy Woonsocket, RI, United States 03-08-13
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    ""Awsome""
    What made the experience of listening to Along Came a Spider the most enjoyable?

    Along came a spider was an awsome listen with an awsome plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story was how Alex was fooled by hisgirlfriend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene was the best


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    sure was


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Mom of three

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    "Great book! Lots of bad language"
    If you could sum up Along Came a Spider in three words, what would they be?

    I always enjoy books by James Patterson. Some of his books contain more profane language and this is one that does. It bothers me a little more when I am listening to a book like that that when I am reading the book. I understand that this is no big deal to some people -- I just don't want to pop out with any zinging language in my day to day dealings with children, so I try to watch what I listen to. Along Came a Spider is, of course, a GREAT read otherwise!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff T. 01-14-13
    Jeff T. 01-14-13

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    "A thriller but rated R for violence and language"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Charles Turner?

    I don't know. The language was over-the-top for me.


    Any additional comments?

    A real page turner. Had to sleep with the lights on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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