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Along Came a Spider

25th Anniversary Edition
Written by: James Patterson
Narrated by: Taye Diggs
Series: Alex Cross, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the classic thriller that launched the number-one detective series of the past 25 years, now one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads".

Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a PhD in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, and seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough as it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair - at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, listener, he's about to become yours.

©1993, 2018 James Patterson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Patterson's storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn." (Library Journal)

"Brilliantly terrifying! So exciting that I had to stay up all night to finish it! Packed with white-knuckle twists." (Daily Mail)

"An incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind villain who is as terrifying as he is intriguing." (Clive Cussler)

What listeners say about Along Came a Spider

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good

nice one .. interesting and must listen best way to listen to good music. .

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Robotic narration

I enjoy James Patterson which is why I chose this book, but I almost had to stop listening because of the terrible, robotic, unimaginative narration. By far the worst of all the books I’ve listened to!

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Which one was the spider? <br /><br />

I've read a lot of his books and this one definitely doesn't disappoint...give it a try it is a great book written by a very gifted writer that will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a very surprising ending !!!

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Taye Diggs was great as the narrator.

I read the book 20 years ago, but listening to Diggs read it to me was so much better!

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Along came a spider

Great story enjoyed it a lot love this author. He keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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Good thriller

Great twists and turns. Engaging voice. Occasionally odd use of lists or overly descriptive setting. Would read another novel by the author.

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Maybe just not my type of book?

I struggled to get through this book... not quite sure if it was the narration which was mediocre (not the worst I've ever heard, but definitely didn't do the book justice, in my opinion) or if it was the story itself (found it quite copy and disorganized at times). Thinking I'm going to read the book hard copy before I make my final decision on 'Along Came A Spider'.

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Sounds like a kid reading a book report to the class

After listening to the dynamic narrators in other Patterson books like Invisible, Tate Diggs comes across like that kid in 8th grade who is called on to read this next section of the textbook aloud in class. There is no change between characters or between thoughts and dialogue.
The story is good, of course, but ruined by passionless narration.

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Captivate

Likely will order more Cross in the future. Good story telling draws you in and this book had me captivated.

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Another enjoyable read from Patterson

Although I enjoyed the story quite a bit, I think part of the problem may have been in the narration. Although I love Taye Diggs as an actor, I don't think reading audio books is where he shines. His voice really didn't change as the characters spoke. It was difficult at times to tell who was speaking & whether they were speaking out loud or if it was a character's thoughts or if it was just the story being told. I got lost a few times, perhaps there were too many characters. So I did find myself having to go back in the book a few times. I found the author's use of the phrase “Soneji slash Murphy” really annoying after about the 30th time he said it! If you can over look a few of these issues I think you will enjoy the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-14

Not who you think

I love this book. The narrator was awesome. I was easy to get into and stay in tune throughout. This book did not waste any time with capturing my attention. The first chapter went directly into jaw dropping thriller.

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  • Maria
  • 2019-01-03

MC Patterson fan

The story was good but the narrator was terrible. I am a Patterson fan but this was tough to listen to.

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  • Maestro
  • 2018-12-10

Good Story Ruined by Poor Narration

When there is so much voice talent out there in the world, why would you match a great story and award-winning author with such poor narration? I don't know Mr. Diggs' resume for such work, but he is incapable of shifting between characters and his voice is really quite monotone for most of this work. Disappointing!

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  • David S Stanley Jr.
  • 2020-08-19

Outstanding Drama; BUT Read NOT Narrated

This was a excellent Novel with emotional highs and lows and an ending that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud.
If ‘reader" (and that’s all he was0 made this novel almost impossible to follow. It was read in an emotionless monotone with little if any different inflection between characters. Too often I had to back up to figure out who was talking.
I remember enjoying this book much more when I originally read it.

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  • Westley Dent
  • 2019-03-09

Good Read

Good book, enjoyed the story. It was suspenseful and easy to follow. The narration left a little to be desired.

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  • Tammia
  • 2018-12-30

The book is good but the reader is not.

This story is complex and enticing. The reader put weird inflections into his interpretation. In many places his pace is pedantic and very off.

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  • Norman D. Harrison
  • 2018-12-26

Exciting

loved it. Very exciting.
very surprised ending.
sometimes very scarry.
If you like mysteries, you'll love this book.

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  • Valérie Gay
  • 2020-09-04

The narration spoiled it for me.

I was very much looking forward to this story comment but the narration is hideous. After a quick search for an alternate narrator, of an unabridged version, I decided to read the reviews. There are enough negative reviews regarding the narration come of that I have no desire to invest the time in this book.

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  • GigiNapa
  • 2020-08-23

Taye Diggs was awful!

This production would have been a lot better if the narrator wasn’t so terrible! Love Taye Diggs the actor, but as a narrator....NO. Completely monotone, zero vocal changes between characters and he reads like we are all Kindergartners. Save yourself the 11 hours and just watch the movie.

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  • BrianW
  • 2020-08-21

Reader was hard to listen too

The reader of this book was difficult to listen too. His voice did not match the characters in the book.

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