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Along Came a Spider

25th Anniversary Edition
Written by: James Patterson
Narrated by: Taye Diggs
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
5 out of 5 stars (11 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)

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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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Irish Jones
  • 2019-09-16

great read great book

great twist. great narration. oh and very vivid write.
just read the book ok blah

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-27

loved it

Loved the reader and loved the book. I enjoyed reading the book years ago and enjoyed listening to the book now.

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  • RStruve
  • 2019-07-20

Decent...

Since they had a professional actor narrating this book, I would expect a lot more acting and characterization when voicing the different people. The same voice is used for Alex Cross, his grandma and both his children... as well as all speaking parts of this book. Which is fine, if just doing a straight read of the book - but especially makes listening tricky when several people are talking and it isn’t immediately obvious who is speaking. Otherwise, decent... just a little surprised it was done in this manner.

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  • Haley
  • 2019-06-04

Can't believe this is a best seller

I got 2 hours in and almost quit because its so hard to listen to. The author uses words like "really" and "very" to describe things and often repeats phrases for emphasis. The vocabulary used was at the 5th grade level. I prefer to be shown not told what things are like through vivid adjectives and verbs. There were none. Only thing that kept me going was the fact that this is the first book in a large series so it must be good, right? The storyline was interesting, well thought out, and dramatic but the character names, vocabulary used, narrator voice, everything else just really didn't do it for me. By the end of an 11 hour book you should feel something for the main character. I had no emotional investment in this book, just tried to get through it to see what all the hype is about. I think I will stick to Stephen King books since he never disappoints.