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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Along Came a Spider by James Patterson.

The international best seller introducing Detective Alex Cross.

Two children have been kidnapped from an elite private school in Washington, DC, and Alex Cross is charged with finding them. 

The kidnapper is their maths teacher, a man named Gary Soneji. As Cross gets pulled deeper into the strange world of the kidnapper, it becomes clear he is not what he seems....

©2018 James Patterson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Not a gripping tale...struggled to finish...

Not a gripping tale...struggled to finish...narration is good ...very ...not worth the time spent..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-20

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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  • magda begeman
  • 21-01-19

briljant and captivating

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-11-18

good read

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

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  • Ian
  • 18-10-18

Along came a spider

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

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 16-10-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-19

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
  • 01-03-19

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
  • 20-11-18

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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  • Alicat10
  • 21-01-20

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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  • Billie
  • 28-02-21

Absolutely Brilliant!

I was hooked from the start with this well written (and read) story. I haven't read any of Patterson's work but keen to keep to the Cross series.
Fast paced and what a detective story should be about.

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  • Maggie May
  • 11-12-20

So much better than the film

Loved it, couldn't wait to finish it, brilliantly narrated with good voice changes as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

Even better listening than when I read!

Loved it better than when I read the book several years ago! Downloaded book two already!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-20

Awesome

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-19

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.
  • 12-03-19

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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