Cradle and All

Version: Abridged
Author: James Patterson
Narrator: Len Cariou , Ally Sheedy
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: May 2000
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The #1 bestseller Pop Goes the Weasel proved once again that James Patterson is an undisputed master of suspense. Now he has written his most compelling and surprising thriller ever. . . .

Cradle & All

In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant--even though she is still a virgin.

In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition.

And in cities all around the world, medical authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It all feels like a sign that something awful is coming.

Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate the immaculate conceptions. Even as she comes to care about and trust the young women, she realizes that both are in great danger. Terrifying forces of light and darkness are gathering. Stepping into uncharted territory where the unknown is just the beginning, Anne must discover the truth--to save the young women, to save herself, and to protect the future of all mankind.

Cradle and All probes our most deeply held fears and hopes in a sizzlingly fast-paced and chilling story. This is James Patterson's most brilliant suspense novel ever, written with all the extraordinary drama and overwhelming emotion that have made him a #1 bestselling writer all over the world.

Cradle and All is based on an earlier James Patterson novel, Virgin, and includes scenes and characters from that book.

Reviews (22)


Written by Diane M on June 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was certainly a different story for Patterson, but I found it very exciting throughout the story, and that last CD was powerful. I do agree with some other reviewers that Ally Sheedy was terrible. A good narrator doesn't sound like he/she is sitting at a microphone reading. Len Cariou is a master at narrating and he acts those words and never sounds like a bored reader.

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Written by betty from Ethel, AR on November 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a different mystery than I have read before of James Patterson. It is a good read, but a little unusual.

Mostly Kept My Interest

Written by Anonymous on January 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Though the book held my interest and I eagerly popped in the next CD, I found it to be a bit "fantastical" overall. As soon as I heard Ally Sheedy read, I thought; "Are you kidding me? Seriously, I have to listen to this horrible monotone the whole CD?!" I also found it weird Patterson didn't elaborate on the "fates" of the two girls whom the whole story was focused on as he did with Ann in the end. I wanted to learn more about what happened to them.

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Written by R. M. Jessie on March 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a very different type of Patterson's book. It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code. Every time I thought I had figured out the correct person something would cause me to doubt my choice.

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Written by Kay on February 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Kind of weird, not sure I would recommend this read. It was ok.

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Written by Angela Jones on January 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. Keeps you guessing. Could have done with a little less of the foul language, but overall a good listen.

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Written by Anonymous on July 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good mystery. Keep you guessing until the very end of it.

Not a typical James Patterson

Written by Anonymous on October 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is a James Patterson book?? I love Alex Cross series and can't wait for the next one. But I hated this book. Ally Sheedy is the possibly the worst choice. I started listening to audiobooks when I started communting 45 minutes one way to work. This book and Ally Sheedy's narration will put any one to sleep. Thank God Patterson did not follow this one up with another one. Sorry James, must have had a brain fart when you did this one.

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Written by Anonymous from Cherry Hill, NJ on August 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I disliked this book but not quite as much as I disliked Ally Sheedy's poor, monotone narrative. Len Cariou did a great job, used accents and highs and lows of normal speech. Ally Sheedy's read was positively lifeless and it was hard to imagine she is an actress. People do not normally speak in such a robotic tone as Ms. Sheedy's. She also had an irritating habit of whistling the consonant "s" in many of the words she was reading. This was also a weird story & the only reason I didn't return it sooner, was because I was passing time waiting for my next selection. You could skip this one. James Patterson is my favorite author for these type of suspense/thriller stories, but not this one. Big disappointment.

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Written by Anonymous on August 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Did not enjoy this book compared to other Patterson novels. The end was too far fetched. If you want a good novel on 'good vs evil', stick with Angels and Demons.

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.