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The Starling Project Performance

The Starling Project: An Audible Drama

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016
Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016

New York Times best-selling author Jeffery Deaver will make your ears tingle and your pulse race in this Audible Studios original full-cast audiodrama starring Alfred Molina.

An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington - from London to Marseille to Prague - war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling - when he always seems one step ahead?

With more than 80 speaking roles and state-of-the-art sound and music design, The Starling Project is an immersive listening experience written by a master of the thriller

About the Cast

Alfred Molina ("Harold Middleton") has won acclaim for his memorable roles in the movies, on TV, and on the stage, receiving both Emmy and Tony Award nominations. Molina made his film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since then, he's played such diverse characters as the mayor in Chocolat, and the evil Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.

The cast of The Starling Project also includes:

  • Lisa Stathoplos as "Sonya Tadic"
  • David J. Curtis as "Devon Carter"
  • Aaron Abano as "Mustafa Haddad"
  • Ian Carlsen as "Kyle Nelson"

Previous Harold Middleton thrillers include The Chopin Manuscript, winner of the Audio Publishers Association's Audiobook of the Year Award, and The Copper Bracelet.

©2014 Gunner Publications, LLC (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With his smooth vocal presence, Alfred Molina embodies Middleton's confidence and continental charm as he leads an outstanding ensemble of 30 actors playing 80 speaking roles in this high-velocity thriller.... Slip on a pair of headphones to fully appreciate every detail in this carnival ride for the ears."(AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    JamesW Nr Stroud, Gloucester 02/02/2015
    JamesW Nr Stroud, Gloucester 02/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Utter drivel"

    It's been a while since an audiobook has been so bad it's actually made me angry! I forced myself to finish this to be able to write a review.
    Alfred Molina who is an incredible actor normally is as flat as a pancake in this drama. His voice is so monosyllabic and without emotion that you actually suspect he wasn't in the same room as the other actors when recording their lines as he recites his with absolutely no feeling at all.
    The British accents are borderline racist! It's something from the 1960's in fact the two actors who did the best British accents weren't actually supposed to be British at all.
    Because of Molina's deadpan acting the rest of the actors come across as overacting to compensate which is a shame as they tend to carry the story along much better.
    At times the exposition is so staged it feels like you are listening to a video game moving onto the next scene.
    Plot wise, it redeems itself slightly in the last half hour but twist and turns become laughable because of the acting and aforementioned plot and scene setting.
    If this was supposed to encourage me to read anything else by Jeffrey Deaver than it has failed miserably

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 25/11/2015
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 25/11/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Down to Earth with a CRASH!"

    I've been on a good run recently: authors new to me; first-time authors and most recently the wonderful Mr Fry doing Harry Potter. So for a change of pace I dug this out of my library and . . . well I'm not sure where to start.

    I'm sure Audible didn't set out to produce something this bad. The production values seem high with varied music, sound effects and a full cast. Sadly most of them were more caricature than character and the story just seemed a bit daft.

    Maybe others will find value in this but for me it was a rude awakening; not everything listed on Audible is worth listening to. Sorry, this one definitely didn't work for me.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    the-leveller 15/01/2015
    the-leveller 15/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Ridiculous accents"

    British accents were farcical, stilted performances by all, applied the story which may have been ok - it's hard to tell.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Howes 16/02/2015
    Lucy Howes 16/02/2015
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    "awful"

    I afound this eally cheesy with a really weak story line, I was very disappointed.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Mr GLASGOW, United Kingdom 02/01/2015
    Mr GLASGOW, United Kingdom 02/01/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Audible Original"

    Keeps you listening, much like a page turner in the physical book world. The dramatisation really conveys a great picture in your mind of what is going on and the voice actors are excellent. The story itself is really good and is well worth the listen. If you are into modern covert operations you will enjoy it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    barbara KINGSTON UPON THAMES, United Kingdom 29/08/2015
    barbara KINGSTON UPON THAMES, United Kingdom 29/08/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "The worst audible production I have ever bought"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like cliches, this is the book for you. In fact the book is just one long cliche. Lots of macho posturing, macho female posturing, rapid, overexcited speech, sultry Eastern European agent, utterly predictable. Sounds as if it was put together by people who have overdosed on spooks, jack Higgins, etc etc and has ended up as a parody of the spy/action genre. In fact it is so bad it's actually quite funny.


    What could Jeffery Deaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Might be a better read??


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

    Yes, I only paid 1.99 for this title........hmmm........think I overpaid by 1.99


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CrisH United Kingdom 04/03/2015
    CrisH United Kingdom 04/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    A really good story, full of drama and suspense. There were many twists and turns and it kept a good pace right up to the end.
    The audio cast were very impressive, Alfred Molina was particularly good in the lead role.
    It kept me guessing and I didn't see many of the twists and red herrings.
    I would listen to a production like this again and I would read books by the same author. I like his style of writing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLIE CLARKE 06/02/2015
    CHARLIE CLARKE 06/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but bad accents!"

    Enjoyed the fast moving story, but I found the accents almost comical - really hard to stomach (apart from Alfred Molina who I thought was good).

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Winston Bunn Italy 18/05/2015
    Winston Bunn Italy 18/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a bad story. Terrible English accents"

    Most of the performers were okay but the British accents were terrible. They sounded like Basil Brush. Story okay though.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Williams UK 06/01/2015
    P. J. Williams UK 06/01/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "good drama"

    I find the audible full cast dramas to be worthwhile and well done, good cast good script and professionally executed

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason D. Aydelott
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    06/04/15
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    "Good Cast Salvages Weak Story"

    The story is predictable, supporting characters are weak and stereotypical. The performance of the main cast gives an otherwise uninspired story life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • POS
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    "Great Drama"

    Enjoyed listening to it very much. Alfred Molina was very good as was the rest of the cast.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ScripsiScriptum
    18/08/15
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    "Excellent performances"

    Alfred Molina is excellent! As were most of the rest of the cast. The story itself was not bland or boring but not exciting or stimulating either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa J Weedin
    06/08/15
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    "Not a bad way to listen to an audio book"

    Took me a little while to get used to multiple voices but it worked! First time to listen to a full cast. Story was interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Newburgh, NY, United States
    06/08/15
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    "Adrenaline rush"

    I loved l the plot and all the characters. I thought the music was over powering. I like how the story ended leaving room for the possible start of a series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dana
    Springdale, AR, United States
    20/07/15
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    "Highly entertaining!"

    I was fascinated that such a complex
    Plot could be preformed completely with dialogue and no narration. The performances were top rate. I dinged the rating one star only because near the end I felt as if I should be keeping notes, there were so many twists to keep up with and I would have appreciated a more definitive ending. But really, I recommend this whole heartedly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jefferson Roberts
    13/06/15
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    "Loved it"

    close your eyes and you can see it all. wish was longer. this one will have to go back a listen again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Amazon Customer
    12/06/15
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    "Wow, didn't want it to end."

    It was really good. I love the special effects. I love to be different performers they were amazing. What I did not like was how often they kept saying Jesus whenever they got in trouble or something like that that was way too much. Otherwise can't wait to go to the next episode.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ann
    04/06/15
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    "Like this"

    At first I wasn't so sure I enjoyed all the different voices & sounds. Had to listen
    to the first 15 minutes twice...but then I found I like it. It forced me to listen better and pay attention more. I found I rather enjoyed this short tale and its cast of characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    01/06/15
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    "Amazing"

    Very entertaining. It was exciting and never dull. I didn't want to stop listening. I hope they make another play to continue the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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