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The Westing Game

Written by: Ellen Raskin
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Newbery Medal Winner
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
An ALA Notable Book

"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist, starred review)

A bizarre chain of events begins when 16 unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger - and a possible murderer - to inherit his vast fortune, one thing's for sure: Sam Westing may be dead...but that won't stop him from playing one last game!

©2004 Ellen Raskin (P)2017 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges - a demanding but rewarding book." ( The Horn Book)

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Solid book

I feel like this book is a book better read than listened to, not due to the voice actress... just for the flow.
It's a good book, not ground-breaking nor emotional, not perfect - but solid.

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  • Alex
  • 2018-12-17

I love this story

listening to this story brought me back to when I was in middle school reading it for the first time.

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  • M
  • Long Island, NY
  • 2018-03-02

Excellent, Engaging, Smart Whodunit

If you could sum up The Westing Game in three words, what would they be?

This flew. The story was well crafted and kept my attention. The details are everything, and the book truly deserves multiple listens. Who killed Sam Westing? Which one of his many heirs will solve the crime? And why did the eccentric millionaire turn his own death into a game? I am a fan of mystery novels, and this certainly fits the bill.

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

The scene where the will is read starts things off nicely.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

The narration had feeling.

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  • Karen M. Brinkley
  • HENDERSONVILLE, TN, US
  • 2018-04-24

I thought this was a really good book!

I found the plot intriguing! Not your run-of-the-mill murder mystery. And I've read quite a few.

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  • Robert F Klie
  • 2019-03-31

Great book

Love it but not for kids under age 8 or 9 best time to read 10 and up so you can understand the book and solve it yourself.

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  • RRineer
  • 2019-01-26

loved it all the way to the end!

loved it! witty, charming, lots of interesting characters and had me guessing until the end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-10

One of my favorite books

A fun, clean story with memorable characters and a crafty plot. I've read this several times and now enjoy it as an adult.

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  • Ethan
  • 2018-11-06

Amazing!

This is a beautifully written and read book. It is a thriller type murder mystery book but is still appropriate for 3rd or 4th grade and up! If you are younger or scare really easily, I wouldn’t suggest reading this at night or before bed. It is a book that you have to experience. There are so many plot twists and clues that you can keep up with. You can even play along as you read!! 😍 This is a definite 10/10!!!!

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  • Andrea
  • 2019-11-25

Awesome book!

this is a wonderful "play on words" kind of book. I think that it just might be my favorite book. totally recommended.

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  • Amy
  • 2019-11-18

Simply,Beutiful

I really liked how the ascents were played,and how there was
edge-of-the-seat suspense.

There was really nothing wrong with it, and I hope that readers all over the world will discover(and of course LOVE) it.

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  • Jennifer Calderone
  • 2019-11-15

Just as Fun as I Remember It

My eight-year-old son was hooked on this book at school -- he's reading it with his reading group -- and he asked if he could listen to it with me. For several nights we stayed up well-beyond bed time just to see what was going to happen next.

I remember it vividly from when I read it in elementary school. The characters are deep and well-drawn ; they have actual inner conflicts that they have to overcome, pasts that have to be reckoned with, and sins that need to be forgiven -- all of which are rare phenomena in children's literature these days (think Harry Potter's very flatly drawn good guys and bad guys). I think that I remember this book so well from having read it 40 years ago because of these characters. It was clear to me as I listened to the book this time around that the author, Ellen Raskin, knows that children can understand and forgive unreliable narrators and flawed human beings. She also knows that they don't have to be as sheltered from real life as many grown ups insist on doing.

Even beyond the character development, this book is a great introduction to the genre of murder mystery. When we finished listening, my son suggested giving the hard copy to my mother as a birthday gift as she loves Agatha Christie and her literary descendants.

The performance was good with one major flaw. Why give the character of J.J. Ford a southern accent? We know from the description of her background that she grew up in Wisconsin. No drawl there.