It's definitely at the top. The story is very interesting, the narrator is great, the characters are well-defined. It's like an old-fashioned mystery that you get really wrapped up in and feel like you're actually there in the mansion.
Maybe some of the old Agatha Christie novels. Lots of rich characters, interesting setting.
He does a great job with voicing the many characters, to the point where I sometimes forgot it was the same person performing.
At times I did chuckle or gasp.
The one thing that is wrong, and is different from the normal mystery formula, is the POV. In both this one, and Murder on Mystery Island, the POV of the murderer is misleading. They think the same things as the victims, have the same concerns, etc. That isn't realistic. If I'm the killer, I wouldn't be worrying about whether or not I'm investigating the right room, or trusting the right people. That part was very disappointing. Otherwise, this is great. I bought it a year ago, and I still listen to it often, even knowing the outcome :)
The performance was excellent, but the story wasn't satisfying. Too many loose ends and unexplained facets: Why did the killer do any of this? How were the victims chosen to be part of this plan? Who was the killer to have access to this huge opulent estate and the various tools they used? The story is clearly an underdeveloped ripoff of a classic Agatha Christie tale. I listened all the way to the end (I did want to know, and the actor was good), but left feeling unsatisfied and cheated.
Suzie - KyBunnies (Bunny's Review)
***Disclosure: This audio book was purchased at Audible.com.***
This is the first in the Whodunnit series by Anthony Zuiker. After reading the authors bio I realized he created several television shows that I have enjoyed watching. It seems like this author has many different creative outlets and they all pull readers into wanting more.
This story line was very interesting. It almost played out similar to a murder mystery weekend or a dinner theater murder/mystery. Something that will pull readers in and allow them to want more.
Then we have the narrator Gildart Jackson. His voice is something that kept me interested while listening to the audio book. I cannot wait to listen to more by this great narrator or read books by this great author.
So far the author only has two books out in his Whodunnit mystery series. I really hope he will publish more in the future.
The bunnies and I recommend this book to any who enjoy an intriguing mystery novel.
The bunnies and I give this book 4 carrots.
This book seemed confused from about half way through. The plot tended to go in circles and not make any forward motion. The "twists" seem forced and unfulfilling. The ending was frustrating, because it was a poor attempt at a (failed) tv show pilot. It seemed afraid to give a satisfying ending lest people should not feel compelled to watch the show.
This book left me disappointed and frustrated.
If you want a good whodunnit, read something else.
I read mysteries to understand the motivations of the people involved. This story failed miserably at that.
The narrator was wonderful.
The puzzles were well done,but I couldn't get over that rhere was never an explanation for all the killing.
I enjoyed Zuiker's other books, the Level 26 series, and Gildart Jackson is a top notch voice for this book, so I'd probably check him out again
It was a good setup for the TV Show, but soooo much more could be done with this to make it more interesting. I wouldn't say it wasn't worth the time, but I really wanted more.
Good for a light read despite the content. The characters and the backstory could have been fleshed out a bit, but Gildart Jackson was impeccable in his delivery and performance and really held the whole thing together for me.
for love of your sacred time, do not waste it on this retarded book. there are so many frustrating holes in the story that I was wishing I could have been one of the poorly developed murder victims