Regular price: $19.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    738
  • 4 Stars
    606
  • 3 Stars
    463
  • 2 Stars
    212
  • 1 Stars
    215

Performance

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    951
  • 4 Stars
    537
  • 3 Stars
    303
  • 2 Stars
    104
  • 1 Stars
    133

Story

  • 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    644
  • 4 Stars
    515
  • 3 Stars
    439
  • 2 Stars
    210
  • 1 Stars
    220
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Silly book. Compelling reader.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book was offered for free and was a decent time passer - listened to in the background. I really would not recommend anyone to buy it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise promised a modern take on Agatha Christie, and so I looked forward to what that would be. However, nothing held together, characters were not developed or interesting, the murders were mechanical tricks, and there was no rhyme nor reason for the killing of the particular characters, or explanation for the motivation of the killer... Also many inconsistencies would lead a careful listener astray (and not in a slight of hand way - rather in a sloppy author way.)

Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to this reader before, but he was the only good thing about the audiobook. They say that even the phone book can sound interesting if read by a consummate actor. Jackson has a rich welcoming voice that is easy to listen to. However, I would recommend he spends some time with an accent coach the next time he wants to try for American accents. He just did not get them - and they were kind of ridiculous. HOWEVER the wonderful timbre of his voice lead me to forgive this lapse - which could be egregious in someone less compelling.

Could you see Free: Whodunnit? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Probably. It is about the level of most current movies. I would not attend.

Any additional comments?

Said it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Sucked in!

So easily sucked in! Enjoyed trying to figure it all out along with the characters. Definitely should write more! And free so pretty sweet!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Lisa
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 07-22-13

Fun

I liked this book. It wasn't the best book ever, but it was nice, light, and easy to read. Its one of those books you can just sit back and listen without getting too wrapped up in it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 08-06-13

So glad it was free . . .

. . . because I just didn't like it well enough to even finish. It became clear very quickly that the tone of the story was very TV script-like with a central casting line-up of characters. No surprise because of its connection to the new reality show. I figured I could play along. But once the cardboard characters started to actually talk, the real weakness of the script and the narrator crystalized and I was out of there. I haven't watched the TV show - not a reality TV fan - but had hoped for a fun tongue-in-cheek mystery that didn't happen.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A waste of time!

The ending was awful: no explanation of how or why this was done. It was as if the author just ran out of interest. It was over the top and each murder became more impossible and implausible. I was irritated at the book halfway in but hung in hoping that the end would explain all. What a disappointment.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 09-06-13

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.

[If this helped, please press YES.]

14 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • cc
  • 10-15-17

What is the point

This book goes on and on. No motive , no reason why anyone was selected to attend this function ...just dumb

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A great book.

Love these whodunnit books. Hopefully get more of them to listen to for free like these ones.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

At the end it dragged on, and on, and on

Unlikable characters and a story that doesn't allow you to think. So trying to figure out who the killer is or the next next victim is futile the story doesn't have a rhyme or reason of whats going on.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Keeps you guessing.

I was apprehensive at first about a whodunnit book. This book keeps you guessing until the very last moment.