Along Came a Spider

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Patterson
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: February 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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A missing little girl named Maggie Rose. A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him-even after he's been captured.

Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He's so popular that the kids all call him "Mr. Chips." And he's very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them-he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He's done it before. Hundreds of times before.

Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality-one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?

Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Reviews (18)

Great story

Written by Anonymous on August 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. The story moves along nicely and the narrator does a good job. There are a few annoying parts, such as the cheesy music they play when there is a love song. But those don't ruin the book.

Along Came a Spider

Written by Angela Jones on August 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked the story but all the accents were kind of trying at times to listen to. Good read while on long trip helped to pass the time quickly. Would recommend to any James Patterson fan.

Along came a Spider

Written by Anonymous on October 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good. I like Alex Cross. One of the early ones. Wish they would list them so you would know them in more of an order. Takes you by surprise.

Along Came A Spider

Written by Kay on May 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another great Alex Cross novel but this one was really full of unecessarily bad language, more than all the others. At times, it was hard to get through it because of that. The story line was very good though so I had to look over the language.

Along came a spider

Written by Cynthia Graham on March 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

You need to stay with this one. A great read or listen if you can do it in one setting.

Very different than movie

Written by Anonymous on October 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book was far better than the movie. I loved the twists and turns of Patterson's novels. Leaves you wanting more at the end.

Typical Thriller

Written by Dena Jensen on May 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If you are a fan of thrillers, you may like this more than I did. I found the plot entertaining at the times, but I won't remember much about it a week from now. Lacks depth. Some of the plot was non-sensical to me. James Patterson has been highly recommended by many people; perhaps just not my type. I thought "Kiss the Girls" was better. Good listen while commuting though.

Along Came a Spider

Written by Lori on May 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this book was Outstanding....I went out and rented the movie after listening to the audio book and was very dissappointed in the movie. The book was much better!! The reader was Outstanding! I would highly recommend this audio book!!

Along Came a Spider

Written by Nelson Eberly on January 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book was fair and the narration was excellent.


Written by abr on November 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of my very favorite audiobooks. It felt like I was watching a movie. The narration was lively and involved. I loved every second of it!!

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.