Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor : Whodunnit?

  • by Anthony Zuiker
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • Series: Whodunnit?
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A grand estate. Ten unsuspecting guests. A diabolical game of life and death.
A companion to the upcoming show Whodunnit? on ABC.
Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor. The others are told they must solve the crime or be the next victim. The killer, their diabolical host, is hiding among the frightened guests. Is the murderer the well-toned trophy wife, the retired deputy sheriff, the stoned college dropout, or perhaps the sweet, homely grandmother? The killer toys with them, inviting the guests to explore the lavish estate, from the stables to the hedge maze, in an effort to uncover the gory details of how the murderer pulled off such a gruesome murder. Alliances are forged carefully and information is shared warily, since none of the remaining guests knows whom to trust. The next to die a hideous death will be the one with the least accurate solution to the latest murder. In the end, only three guests will remain: the winner, the loser, and the killer.
Full of tricky plot twists and over-the-top schemes, Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manner is riveting required listening for mystery fans. Listeners are treated to an edge-of-their-seat thriller as they participate in solving the crime. It's Clue meets Ten Little Indians.
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. His mystery reality show, Whodunnit?, is his first foray into unscripted television. He lives in Los Angeles with his three children and his wife, Michelle.
Whodunnit is performed by the show's host/butler, accomplished narrator Gildart Jackson.


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Owwww! My ears, my ears!

Free Audible books aren't really free - they require an investment of time. I've found some real gems - Neil Gaiman's short story "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" (2004) with the first chapter of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" (2013) was so great I listened to Shoggoth's twice, and that first chapter of "The Ocean" again when I listened to the entire book. Kurt Vonnegut's "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" (2013) was an Audible gift - and it was charming and inspirational.

On the other hand, Anthony Zuiker's free "Whodunit? Murder in Mystery Manor" (2013) was so painful that after the first few chapters, I lost all sympathy for any of the murder victims. I wanted to give the 'continuing character' butler a swift kick in the butt, badly. I figured out "Whodunit" in about 30 minutes, skipped to the end and confirmed my suspicions, and stopped wasting my time.

My disappointment was heightened because I really liked the concept. It's a companion to ABC's series "Whodunit," which Zuiker created. Zuiker's behind one of the few TV shows I actually watch, CSI. If Zuiker had a novelist write the book, it might have been palatable. Actually, Agatha Christie did write it in spirit - the plot is "And Then There Were None" (1939). Not that I have a problem with that - that plot is used in about twenty five percent of modern horror movies. Christie's not with us, but there must be someone who can do more than turn ACTION BLOCKS into prose and call it a novel.

Free isn't free when it costs time you could use on a good listen.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Didn't make sense

I couldn't pass up the free book but wish that I had. It was a collection of puzzles tied together by a completely unbelievable and unrealistic story. There was very little character development and no attempt to explain why the game was put together nor why these contestants were chosen. I'm embarrassed that I kept listening to it--somehow I hoped that it would make sense. It never did.

At least the narration was well done...
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- Daniel "Father of three"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios