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Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor | [Anthony Zuiker]

Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

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.
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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.

©2013 Anthony Zuiker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    sienna Savannah, GA, United States 08-08-13
    sienna Savannah, GA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Darn Good!"
    If you could sum up Free: Whodunnit? in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Engaging, Suspenseful


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely one of those books you should get if you enjoy suspense. Its not gorey (not really). You can sort of play along! The narrator is a great fit, and really captures the mood/action in each scene.
    To sum it up- Its a definite chiller for all those who don't need to be all E.A.P. about it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-30-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A free listen"

    This was an okay listen. The beginning was a little far fetched, but when the story got going not too slow but my advice is to imagine your own ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dorothy adair, IA, United States 07-10-13
    dorothy adair, IA, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "beyond awesome"

    This book kept me guessing the entire time! The narrator was great. I so had the wrong person as the killer. Im going to listen agsin to see if I missed any clues. I am not normally a mystery reader but this is a great one to start out on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-13
    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2015

    esmarks

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    "Diamond in the rough! Not what I expected..."
    What made the experience of listening to Free: Whodunnit? the most enjoyable?

    The price was the main reason I downloaded title, but after I gave it a listen, I was pleasantly surprised....


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Much better than the TV show...


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Great for the subject matter, kept story interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't shy away from title just because it is based on a reality TV show, get it now while it's free...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-20-13
    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a truck driver who loves listening to audio books. I also play a music and some gardening when I can. I do really like to cook as well.

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    "Bring me More!!!"

    I had see a little of the TV show. Not liking it at all but these books are fantastic. I love the narrators voice. I would pay for these free books no problem!! Bring me some more!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Total Popcorn and Candy Mystery"

    I watched the Whodunnit? TV show this past summer. I enjoyed it and was able to spot the Killer well before the end.

    This one was just as enjoyable but a little harder to guess the killer.

    One thing that bothers me, though, in a TV show we don't get to hear the thoughts of each character. But in a book we do.

    The thoughts of the killer weren't truly fair to what a real killer would have thought.

    But otherwise it was just as much fun to put together the clues as they were dropped along the way.

    The performance by the same fellow who played the butler on the TV show was excellent even if his American accent and female voices were a little hokey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-13
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    "Kinda Like "Ten Little Indians" -- Not for kids"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author says at the beginning that people like to solve the crime along with the detective in the story. That, however, requires some clues to be dropped along the way. Some red herrings are expected, but not like thoughts described in the mind of the murderer that lead you to believe that he/she is truly sympathetic to the victims. Even assuming that the murderer is a sociopath, this is not quite fair play by the author. This may be acceptable for a TV script in which resolution is expected in an hour, but it doesn't play very well in a book.

    The book also comes through like a remake of the movies "Clue" and "Murder by Death". The main difference lies in some truly ingenious albeit lurid and contrived murder methods.

    I would NOT change the narrator -- he's great!


    If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Zuiker before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution, which was left truly up in the air till the end, although how the murderer came to be able to afford the setup is truly mysterious.


    Did Free: Whodunnit? inspire you to do anything?

    Not particularly -- my background obviated the need to check the technologies in the murder methods, most of which I figured out before the textbook solution was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    How can one complain about a free book? Not a waste of time, but I suspect that Zuiker, who showed some ingenuity in the murder methods, can do better by applying it to the plot as a whole. (He showed more in CSI in my opinion.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not All Too Suspenseful for Me"
    Would you try another book from Anthony Zuiker and/or Gildart Jackson?

    I'm not sure I'd give Anthony Zuiker another shot. I thought the writing was ok but the book did not really draw me in as many other writers in this genre. For me, there are many more options out there that I'd spend a credit on first. I've listened to 3 or 4 narrations by Gildart Jackson and I can say that I would enjoy to hear him more. I think he handles fictional stories with a variety of characters very well.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Zuiker’s story?

    I thought the characters were not believable. For me, I get drawn into a suspenseful story when I can buy into how the characters react in their circumstance. The characters here did not have much substance to them and I found myself not really caring about any of them.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Gildart Jackson's narrations. He did a good job varying his voice for the different characters to the point that I could tell who was who without their name having to be spoken.


    Was Free: Whodunnit? worth the listening time?

    For a free book I'd say it was worth it. The story is not too bad and it goes by quickly although I did let myself get distracted which usually means I got bored at times and stepped away from listening for a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    It's free so give it a shot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 08-24-13
    Theresa 08-24-13
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    "NOT a who dunnit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's a "how done it" - not a who dunnit ; the who turns out to be completely irrelevant. What this story is missing - is a story. Fine for people who don't like characters, plot or even good sense in their audiobooks.I want the time I wasted on this audiobook BACK! Anthony Zuiker should have his writers card revoked.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by the people who brought me this aural fecal matter.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gildart Jackson?

    Poor man, he must need the work. There's no other reason he'd stoop to reading such pure drivel.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it ended (but not soon enough)


    Any additional comments?

    None that you can post.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-21-13
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "I got what I paid for..."

    I could not finish this audio book, and since it was free I felt free to delete it and never consider going back to it.
    The problem was I didn't care about any of the characters, save Giles the butler, but even he couldn't carry this. I understand that this is in relation to a reality game show, which apparently excuses poor character development. It was when the 2nd murder occurred, it was clear that these people weren't going to get any more interesting, and found it hard to believe that people would react that way if there was a chance that most of them will die. They behaved, at least as far as I got, like people on a second rate reality tv game show. The people, except Giles, all seemed shallow and petty or one dimensional and I wouldn't want to have a drink or spend time with any of them, so why would I care if they died?
    So I cut my losses.
    The narration is good, but, still a poor story is a poor story.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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