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Along Came a Spider

Alex Cross, Book 1
Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2018

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. Noyes
  • 16-10-2018

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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  • Jenny Theodule
  • 20-11-2018

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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  • Ian
  • 18-10-2018

Along came a spider

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