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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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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?

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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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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good

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

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Robotic narration did not do the book justice

The storyline is interesting and engaging, which was the thing that stopped me from quiting on this book. the narrator sounded like a robot. All the characters have the exact same voice and none of their personalities came through at all. At times I was confused who is talking, or whether something is the narrative, a character's inner thoughts or speech.
if you can find this book narrated by someone else, I'd stay away from this version.

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Narrator makes it impossible to listen

I've tried multiple times to listen to this book and I just can't deal with the narrator. I think he's the worst I've heard but I've been privileged with them. He doesn't tell the story, he reads it. Every character, every situation, same monotone droll. A character is said to do a Nixon impression and he reads it straight. Sorry. I cant judge the story

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Bad narration

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, but the narration was awful. The character voice differentiation was almost nul, and the narrator mixed up what voices he had created. It was as if a grade school child had been reading a text for the first time for a teacher in front of the class. Not impressed.

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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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Narration was tough to listen get excited about

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Appropriately Celebrated Crime Thriller

This book is a well-contrived/well-executed Police Procedural (there's no mystery - we "know" who the killer is early on.. although the twists at the end are jawdropping). James Patterson introduces an iconic sleuth: Detective/Psychologist Alex Cross. The story follows the hunt & capture of a fascinating child abductor who may be a genuine Multiple Personality. At the same time, Patterson explores the personal development of a Black single father/workaholic crimefighter (an intriguing character). The book melds the two plotlines remarkably well, providing a fast-paced, screenplay-quality tale that includes psychological suspense, courtroom intrigue, and occasional violent action. 'Along Came A Spider' is a legitimate page-turner.

I actually didn't find the narration from Taye Diggs *brutal*. Charges that his character voice repertoire is limited are fair (every character sounds the same in dialogue)
..and I wouldn't describe his reading as "robotic", but he has a cadence that reminds the listener that he's clearly reading out loud (rather than performing the story). That said, his diction, timbre, and tone are respectable, Hachette Audio does a nice job with technical support, and setting playback speed at 1.20X corrects for some of the deficiencies in Diggs's reading.

This book likely merits 9.5/10 stars, but a subpar performance brings down my rating of this audiobook iteration to 8 stars out of 10. It's still well worth a listen (you are justified in spending time and money on it), but the best way to enjoy this exemplary 90s Mystery-Thriller is undoubtedly with a text copy (eBook or Paper).

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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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  • 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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  • Valérie
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nate_D
  • 2020-08-31

Great book, with subpar narration.

You either love Patterson or you don't. I am not one of his biggest fans, but I do enjoy most of his books. This one is one of his best. I did not care for the narration, though. I felt like Tase Diggs just did not get what the author had in mind as he wrote the book. Very disconnected.

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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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  • Julie Ann Morris
  • 2020-06-16

Narration

Taye Diggs was fantastic as a narrator for this genre. I would like to hear him do more. I enjoyed the story itself immensely.

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