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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

Critic Reviews

"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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On Par for Patterson

On Par for James Patterson. No regrets. My next audio book will be a James Patterson. A Private series book, probably.

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Story great but narrator not good.

What did you like best about Along Came a Spider? What did you like least?

I love the series, I had read this book a long time ago, but wanted to hear it in audio form, bad mistake.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex of course, he is a good guy working for hard people.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Turner?

I'm not familiar with all the names, but it would be someone with a richer sound to their voice and able to bring the character out more.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Seen it, Alex was played by Morgan Freeman, it wasn't bad, but Alex's character is younger.

Any additional comments?

I have read other Alex Cross books, if I decide to listen to another one I hope the narrator is a whole lot better.

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Good introduction to Alex Cross

Enjoyed the book, but will probably read the rest. The narration tended to take away from the excellent story. My first introduction to the Alex Cross character sparked my interest in hearing more from him and his peers.

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  • Lynn
  • Dayton, Oh, United States
  • 03-13-15

The audio version ruined the book for me

I really didn't like the reader. Morgan freeman is a hard Alex Cross to follow but it was just bad. I can't even contemplate suffering through a second.

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Awesome

It kept me always wanting to hear what the next chapter was about and wondering what was about to happen.

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Awesome

As always great book and did not expect the ending. Keep me wanting to keep reading. Love all of James Patterson books

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very good book

he did a good job of not letting you know what was up ahead in this book. lots of surprises.

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Blasphemous language-bad author

The horribly blasphemous language alone would make me advise Christians to refuse to listen to Patterson but the agonizingly long and hopelessly drawn out plot with repeated parts should make it fail for anyone!

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Praying for the kids.

Would you consider the audio edition of Along Came a Spider to be better than the print version?

I can't really answer this question because I have not seen the printed version.

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

The most memorable moment of this book was when Maggie (the little girl who was taken) was remembering what her life was like before she was kidnapped from the kidnapper, and she was appreciating the little things with her parents and friends. Just to see from her eyes was something memorable to me, she was strong and hung in there until she got rescued.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think my favorite scene was when the detective and his grandmother were sitting down at the table and she was telling him that she didn't have a good feeling about this lady cop that he was seeing, not only because of the interracial relationship but because she had a bad feeling about the woman, and come to find out she was right.. that dang woman's intuition.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

MMM, I am not sure what kind of tag line I can think of that could describe this book, but it was very interesting. Maybe something on the lines of Who is Who or Who can you Trust in Blue?

Any additional comments?

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Good story

Started off suspenseful and had enough twists to keep me intrigued. Narrator read well, changed tones when warranted. A pleasant listen.