• Along Came a Spider

  • Alex Cross, Book 1
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Along Came a Spider

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The legendary thriller that launched the international Alex Cross phenomenon.

Two children have been kidnapped from an elite Washington D.C. private school. Detective Alex Cross must find them.

The kidnapper's identity is quickly determined as the students' maths teacher, Gary Soneji, but capturing him is the true challenge.

Alex's pursuit of the sinister Soneji escalates and it becomes increasingly clear that he's something far more dangerous. Alex discovers that the crime runs deeper and begins to uncover connections that no one could have anticipated.

Adapted as a major Hollywood movie starring Morgan Freeman.

©2017 James Patterson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it." (Lee Child, international best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

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Weak story with unbelievable characters

Painful parade of stereotype characters whom undergo no personal change whatsoever. After reading M Connelly books for years this is a hard landing out looking for other crime authors.

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Awful

save yourself stay away from this audiobook. it is an insult to ones intelligence. I actually suffered listening. there are mistakes in the English language, and a completely immature understanding of human nature. don't touch it!

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Great Listen but very long

I found the book very entertaining it was a very well written story with loads of drama. It was just to long it felt like it will never end even
though you are entertained all the way it was to long.

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Although it's not really my genre, enjoyed it!

Understand why people like this book / James Patterson's style. Fast paced, lots of surprises and events. Likeable characters. Jokes.

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briljant and captivating

Great caracters, well reseached story with a gripping plot and great ending. Well read

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good read

gripping storyline with Twista and turns. narration was really good. it's a keeper. could easily happen!

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  • K. J. Kelly
  • 10-16-18

Easy-read, fast moving detective thriller.

I can see why it's so popular - easy-read, fast-moving psychological detective thriller.

My first Patterson. As a library worker for several years, I've avoided reading this author, who fills several shelves by himself, but recently I also listened to a Lee Child and saw this first Alex Cross was also coming out on Audible for the first time. Why not?

As a student of psychology myself, I was very interested in the villain of the piece, and did enjoy travelling along with Cross as he talks us through his thought process when two children of famous/important parents are kidnapped from their school by a teacher.

The twists didn't all come as surprises, the writing was pretty straightforward and standard, but the story did keep its intensity and it was very cinematic (probably why it has been filmed!). I liked the constant flipping from Cross to the kidnapped girl to the 'villain'.

I don't think I'll be reading any more but I'm glad now to be able to say I've sampled a new author. It was a quick few hours as it flowed well, despite its length.

The Audible version was a good listen for this style of narration, as Cross talks to us with his thoughts a lot, but I did find that the reader used the same voice for more than one character, not making them distinct enough. I could work out who was speaking, but thought this was unusual in an audiobook narrator.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Ian
  • 10-18-18

Along came a spider

Great book, good story telling, but oh how I wished it was Morgan freeman narrating

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-19

doesn't matter if you saw the film is very differe

enjoyed, great narrator. and the storys very good. uncomfortable at times. worth a listen. already got the next one loaded and ready to go.

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  • Antony
  • 03-01-19

Disappointed

I originally read the hardback version of this book years ago and loved it and subsequently bought all the following Alex Cross novels, it’s hard to put my finger on it but this audio version just seemed flat and boring, I persevered until the end but just didn’t enjoy it and was left disappointed.

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  • Jenny Theodule
  • 11-20-18

Gripping read

I thought the characters were credible, the bad ones were scarily so.

The story’s pace gripped me from start to finish. The twists and turns caused my heart to beat faster at times. I shed a tear for the rescue

The reading of the book by Ako Mitchell added to the excitement and suspense.


As always, James Patterson did it again. EXCELLENT!

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  • Shelleen
  • 08-14-20

Awesome

I have all Alex Cross books but visualised better with the narrator, will get more

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  • real talk
  • 10-06-21

very good

this is my 1st james Patterson book and I have to say I am impressed by the way it pulls you into the scenes and keeps you hooked

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-21

brilliant loved every second

the narration was awsome, James patterson can denfintly write a story can't wait to read the rest

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  • Alicat10
  • 01-21-20

Excellent

This is the first Alex Cross book I have listened (have read the womens murder club) and had this over Christmas as a way to relax.
The story line had me guessing from start to finish and even the ending came as a surprise.
Without giving the game away, 2 children are taken in broad daylight in site of teachers and nothing is said, which starts a story of twists and turns.
I believe that there is also a film but not seen that - but totally recommend the book

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  • Michael Jubiler
  • 02-21-19

As average as they come

Couldn't wait for this to end, not even sure how I managed to stick it out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Wow

I’ve heard of James Patterson and his books for years - this is the first one I’ve read - I now know what the fuss is about.

A terrifically intricate story and outstanding delivery.

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  • Marg the reader.
  • 03-12-19

enjoyable if not a bit predictable. probably won't

enjoyable if not a bit predictable. probably won't bother with the rest of the Alex cross series.

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  • Vicki hobbs
  • 09-01-22

fantastic

wow what a great read.action all the way. great story line had me on the edge. great performance by the road.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-22

What a great story and performance

I first read this around 15 years ago and remember really enjoying it, this started my love of the Alex Cross and later Michael Bennett series. I had forgotten how good it really was, an absolute classic and now with the performance of Ako Mitchell it's even better, after about half an hour I thought he had always been Alex Cross he suited him so well.

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  • kelly
  • 05-17-22

Great story but bad narration.

I persevered with this book as I liked the story but found it very hard to cope with the different volumes in the narration. Over and over I had to rewind to hear what was being said by the criminal character.
I did get the next book in the series Kiss the Girls but the same problem happened in the narration and I returned the book. Shame it was getting interesting.

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  • Loretta.
  • 04-06-22

Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

What a good book had me going Lol so I did an all nighter to finish it Thank You James Patterson 💜& Thank you Ako Mitchell for reading to me💜