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The Westing Game Audiobook

The Westing Game

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Publisher's Summary

One fateful day, 16 people gather for the reading of the will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing's murderer. Only two people hold all the clues. One is a Westing heir...and the other is the listener!

©1997 Ellen Raskin; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal, 1979

"A supersharp mystery...Confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist)

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    Jeannessa Norton Oklahoma 02/10/2015
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    "It won't work with Windows Media Player"
    Would you try another book written by Ellen Raskin or narrated by Eric Michael Summerer?

    I would read another book by Ellen Raskin. I love this book and think she is a creative author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It will not play on Windows Media Player. What's the point of having a file if it won't play on a basic mp3 operation?


    Was The Westing Game worth the listening time?

    I read the book - did not listen to it because it would not play


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Dave
    Whittier, CA
    29/07/15
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    "They Really Don't Make Them Like This Anymore"

    Here's something I wasn't expecting -- a quirky little mystery packed with interesting, flawed, often-hilarious characters and experiences and tinged with the bittersweetness of growing up. Sixteen people are invited to live in a prestige apartment building by a mysterious benefactor. Soon, they discover that Sam Westing, the millionaire who lives at the top of the hill, is dead, and they've all been named as potential heirs, and are invited to play a game. Each character in this diverse cast has secrets and fears and motivations -- be it the kids or the adults -- and there isn't any obvious single protagonist. Best of all, it's a YA novel that never considers condescending to a younger audience.

    My 10 year-old daughter discovered it in her school library, and she loved it so much I picked up the audiobook to listen to with her. I have lost count over how many times she's relistened to it.

    Eric Michael Summerer provides a solid no frills-narration that might sound a little flat to some, but he brings a confidence to the reading that helps anchor all the different characters and the complexities of the story in a relatively short amount of time. He made it sound easy (and good)!

    This is simply an excellent novel (It won the Newbery back in '78) that's at times smart, funny, exciting and surprisingly emotional.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Troy Hightower
    31/07/15
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    "The best!"

    As a senior citizen I thoroughly enjoyed this book. i it was recommended by slates cultural fest. this is an excellent book even though it's for young readers I recommend that adults read it

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    montclair, NJ, USA
    23/02/08
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    "A Great Suspense Story"

    I read it in the summer between fourth and fifth grade, and really loved it. I like that it is a really complicated mystery with so many clues and possibilities that it's almost impossible to figure it out. My favorite character was Turle, a girl a little older than me because she was really smart and spunky and not afraid of anything.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mandi
    12/05/12
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    "Great Mystery!"

    One of my all-time favorite books. I love the continual twists right to the end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Crystal, MN, United States
    19/03/13
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    "A Game of Wits"

    I read this book when I was very young in school and I went back to it now and remembered how my love of the murder mystery started. A stand out great book that provides entertainment and fun through the ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    27/08/14
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    "Fantastic rendition of a favorite book"
    What did you love best about The Westing Game?

    This was one of my favourite books as a child and I was very happy that the book itself did not disappoint me as an adult.

    I also very much enjoyed the narration. The narrator really brought to life the different characters and, if possible, made me enjoy the book even more than when I had read it in print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Westing Game?

    The denouement honestly made me cry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The court scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The game is afoot


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It had excellent pacing and a mystery that was suitable for younger readers, but the extremely well fleshed out characters and setting, and the real plot behind the mystery, make it a delight for readers of any age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ryan
    8/02/11
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    "Quick read, fun story"

    This book was a quick read, and a really fun story. Would work well for a variety of age groups.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Word Nerd
    United States
    29/03/09
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    "Pretty good"

    This is a cute, whimsical story full of curious people and mysterious events. It was entertaining, to say the least, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, I felt the story could have been improved all around. Many of the characters were indistinguishable, particularly the women. I kept getting confused as to who was who (oddly enough, the Who's were the easiest to keep track of). That was one problem. Also confusing were the side plots, which didn't seem to have anything to do with anything. The thief and the bomber . . . what was that all about? The third issue was that some of the side plots were more adult-oriented like the Wexler marital problems which had the potential to bore a kid to death. Fortunately, those situations were scarce so the main thing was just confusion of plot and characters.

    What I loved about the book was Turtle, of course, and the mystery of the Westing murder, and the chess game going on in the background, both physically and metaphorically.

    Overall, the entertainment value of The Westing Game was fairly high.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Courtney
    27/10/16
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    "7th grade"

    I downloaded this because my coteacher and I are getting ready to read this with our 7th grade ELA classes. I had never read it before and needed to get through it quickly. I really enjoyed the book and I'm so excited to share it with my students. However, I was a little disappointed with the narrator. There were many breaks in the chapter and no pauses to indicate those breaks. It made the performance really jumpy and quick, which made it hard to follow when perspectives shifted. I found myself skipping back multiple times to listen a second or third time in order to clarify what I was hearing. It was made easier when I read along with the audio, but that wasn't always an option. I had hoped to use this recording in my class and plan to try it out, but I worry it will confuse some students and I may end up reading it to them myself instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • frances
    25/10/16
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    "decent book!"

    pretty good mystery doesn't end how I wanted it to but it's all a cliff hanger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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