The Starling Project : Harold Middleton

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Series: Harold Middleton
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Performance

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.

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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)

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This is a DRAMA, not a book!

Would you listen to The Starling Project again? Why?

I will definitely listen to this audio drama again. The experience was not like listening to an audiobook, but more like listening to a movie soundtrack, with sound effects, music and overlapping dialogue, all which made the experience richer. I listened in the car, but would love to listen lying down on my sofa, through headphones. I feel like I could listen this way and pick up even more details of the story. The sound effects almost become their own character, helping you to feel immersed in the environments the characters find themselves in, whether the lobby of a hotel, or a Mexican jungle.


What did you like best about this story?

My favorite thing about this drama is that I felt like I was carried along with Harry and his team, almost becoming one of them, as they worked to complete their mission.


Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina and full cast – was your favorite?

Alfred Molina is always great, but I particularly enjoyed relationship between the characters of Carter and Mustafa. They were the "buddy film" within the story.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a lover of mystery and stories of international intrigue, this selection was right up my alley. If you're looking for an Oprah Book Club selection--a tearjerker, or a romance--go elsewhere. I want a story that challenges me, takes me to places I've never been. This one did.


Any additional comments?

FYI - Other reviewers for this audio drama seemed to be disappointed that this wasn't more like a book. One mentioned a lack of description. But this story is more like listening to a movie or play, told for the most part in dialogue. You should know this going in. If you do, and this is the kind of entertainment you like, you won't be disappointed!

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- Writrix

Fast Paced W/ Great Sound Effects & Production

Would you listen to The Starling Project again? Why?

Will listen to again! This book is awesome what a phenomenal story, and the cast made the book come to life. Audible did a masterful job producing this book. The action is fast paced and the sound effects made the book even better. If there is any criticism is that sometimes you would get lost on who was speaking.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Professor Harold Middleton. He is so brilliant and when you think he is going to be outsmarted by the bad guy he is able to flip it on them. The book has lots of great twists!


Which scene was your favorite?

The Scene where the bad guys had taken the hostages in the bank, and the team had to save the hostages and the head of the World Bank.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book moved me. It was this great James Bond Style book. I highly recommend this book. Killed the book in 1 day!!!


Any additional comments?

The whole cast made this book so great and this my first Alfred Molina narrated book, but it surely will not be my last. I highly suggest this book as a must listen to.

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- Thomas "Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios