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  • Along Came a Spider

  • Alex Cross, Book 1
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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Along Came a Spider

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
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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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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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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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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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Loved the book

Book was great, the narrator is wonderful with story full suspense and turns you don’t see coming

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Epic

Awesome, thanks to the narrator. Excellent listen. Thank you especially to the writer definitely going to listen to next book in series. Highly recommend.

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Loved every minute of my first audio book

Have read some more in the series, but needed to come back to the beginning of it all, lays great foundations for the characters and the following books … well and truly hooked.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. My first James Patterson novel.

Highly recommend. Now for Book 2 in the series. Good narrator and very enjoyable listen.

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Not up to his usual standard. Give this one a miss.

Usually like James Paterson but this fell very short of his usual standard. Definitely give it a miss

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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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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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