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The Westing Game

Written by: Ellen Raskin
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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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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boring

The writing was well done, the performance was excellent and the story boring. The plot is meaningless. had to power thru, I came very close to just delete the book, but the last 3 hours are ok. There is a lot of character with no real lead, keeps jumping from one to another with some time elapsing and no warning, you just figure it out. there is nothing really to hook us to the story or make us care about the characters. There is a lot of better books out there to spend your credits on.

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Will be putting this on the digital shelf to read again!

Fantastic narrator! A story that keeps you guessing and intrigued throughout! Will be listening again to put the pieces together and see things from another angle (knowing the outcome).

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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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  • NC38
  • 2020-02-04

Fascinating mystery, great story

Like many books of the last century, this one takes time to get into. You might think that you've solved the puzzle halfway through, but you'll learn that that solution was only the beginning of a deeper puzzle.

What really makes the tale, though, is the way Raskin winds up the stories of all the characters into a tightly wound conclusion.

I read this many years ago when I was in elementary school, and it is somehow even better the second time around.

The narrator is excellent. She does a very good job with all the different voices. And it was fascinating to hear the afterward of Raskin 's former editor. What a marvelous person this author seems to have been, and how sad that she departed the world so soon.

Many thanks, Ms. Raskin, for gifting us with this wonderful book before you departed.

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  • Shanna
  • 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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  • M
  • 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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  • 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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  • Karen M. Brinkley
  • 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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  • Mel
  • 2021-02-10

Needs to be amended

It is a wonderful story but my only criticism is that the language used in the text regarding people with learning/physical differences is considered offensive today. It would benefit to a note before reading acknowledging that since the author is no longer alive to revisit the text. This is considered an upper elementary/middle school book and I believe it should be noted considering the audience.

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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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  • Rachel Rineer
  • 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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  • Ariel
  • 2020-10-01

Still a Favorite

This was a favorite book of mine as a child and now even as an adult it remains a favorite. This was the first time picking this book up in a decade and the passage of time allowed some of the plot to become a mystery to me once again. I loved figuring out the game along side the characters of this book. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages!

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