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Along Came a Spider Audiobook

Along Came a Spider

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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)

What Members Say

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    Bokworm 02-06-14
    Bokworm 02-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeps Getting Side-Tracked"

    I got tired of the story line being side-tracked. The "love-story" got boring as it interrupted the action and plot...and the ending was pretty predictable. I got to thinking this was filler for an otherwise short story line. I was very disappointed in my first Alex Cross book--as it will be my last.

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    Andrew 01-07-14
    Andrew 01-07-14
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    "Somewhat Dissapoinment"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Charles Turner?

    Patterson - NoTurner - Yes


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is a detective police procedural for the masses. Not for me.


    Did Charles Turner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not bad but could have been better although I think the source material was somewhat limiting.


    Could you see Along Came a Spider being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It is already a movie. I watched it after reading the book. It was worse.


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    Tiyanna K. West Bloomfield, MI, United States 12-25-13
    Tiyanna K. West Bloomfield, MI, United States 12-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Everyone has to have that "Thing They Love!" This is how I find and keep up with mine!

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    "James Patterson is THE MAN!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You can't go wrong with James all of his books are Thrilling!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Along Came a Spider?

    Um.. I liked it all I guess I am not good at these reviews..Use a credit you won't be disappointed..


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    Charles 11-29-13
    Charles 11-29-13

    I enjoy detective series of books, especially Issac Bell, Alex Cross and Michael Haller. Biographies, most recently was Unbroken...

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    "Fantastic movie and the book is much better!"
    What did you love best about Along Came a Spider?

    The twists in the story that kept you on the edge of your seat.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many good parts to pick a best... a great read, a great movie but the audiobook was by far the best of the options,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie 10-12-13
    Annie 10-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as I hoped"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I got bored with the story and wasn't impressed with the narrator.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I just don't think I'm a fan of his writing style


    Any additional comments?

    A disappointment

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    JJ FRamingham, MA, United States 09-09-13
    JJ FRamingham, MA, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Along Came a Spideer"
    What made the experience of listening to Along Came a Spider the most enjoyable?

    There were enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of listening and not wanting to shut it off. I liked that there were not too many characters. Very well done.


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    Amazon Customer Florida, USA 09-01-13
    Amazon Customer Florida, USA 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "DOA"
    What would have made Along Came a Spider better?

    This book is racist, pandering to a political segment of our society "...never trust white people". Patterson is advancing his own personal views at the expense of writing a good book.

    The book also meanders through a story that was pretty much dead on arrival in the first place, and often takes forever to get to the point.

    Save your credits/money.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Patterson book!


    How could the performance have been better?


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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-18-13
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2011

    audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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    "hello Alex cross"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I never dear take on James Patterson. This was the first and all series have to start somewhere


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Cross of course the way he is written and more so in the other books in this series. His thinking and his mind really add so much to this series


    Which character – as performed by Charles Turner – was your favorite?

    Charlie did a good job with all of them, I was very happy in the way he told the story


    Was Along Came a Spider worth the listening time?

    Yes as you have to start a series and you need to hear or read them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was the weakest Alex Cross book but it is a must as it is the first in the series and every series have has to start some where

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    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 08-13-13
    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a great book"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Charles Turner?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    I couldn't really get into the book, but I am not sure if it was the plot or the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Many times the narrator slurred words, especially the name Jessie. By the halfway point of the book, I was so annoyed with the way he pronounced the name, I was turned off of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed. I know Patterson has written a lot of books, but I just didn't think this one was good. Again, not sure if it was the narrator or the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-21-13

    Kindle Andrew

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    "Excellent start to a series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was my first James Patterson book. I've heard all the hype about him but was not sure what to expect. Along Came a Spider was a real thriller. Serial killer Sineji is diabolical and you really don't know until the end is he for real or not. The ending also has another unexpected twist.


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

    The plot was intricate and took some effort to keep straight at times. I had a little difficulty getting into it at first but then got hooked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the courtroom hypnosis scene and the MacDonalds shooting scene was downright terrifying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really liked Alex Cross. He is a delightful, caring family man who is intelligent and a great detective. Nana-Momma is the solid foundation of the family. I look forward to seeing the children's personalities develop as they get older.

    In this book the relationship between Alex and Jesse is interesting. This book was written in the late 90's and inter-racial relationships were less tolerated then. I think things would be quite different today.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Turner was an excellent narrator. His voice fit my impression of Alex Cross to a T. I am disappointed he is not doing future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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