The Westing Game

  • by Ellen Raskin
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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!

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What the Critics Say



Newbery Medal, 1979
"A supersharp mystery...Confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist)

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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.
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- Dave "I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out."

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.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible