Mozart's Starling

Narrated by: Linda Henning
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

On May 27, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

Two centuries later starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart's Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

©2017 Lyanda Lynn Haupt (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    54
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and well performed

Well written, engaging and personal. The listener shares the experience of the author and is pushed to think and reflect. Narration is beautifully done and enhanced the experience. I would absolutely recommend this book!!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Mozart’s Starling

I was intrigued by the story and have a new appreciation for birds cohabiting and interacting with humans. The story I’m certain is a much better read than heard through this Audible performance. I wondered if the speaker was actually AI. I was driven mad by monotone and never pausing at the end of a sentence. I only stuck with it because of the story. There have been few Audible readers I have not warmed to. I tried with this one.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Whimsical!

A joyful book of nature, nurture and creativity...a whimsical window into one of Mozarts creative inspirations! Musical and magical, joyful and sorrowful, wild and witty! This book is a little gem shining a light into the connection between art, nature, man and bird.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a bit disappointed by narrator

This is a fascinating book, well worth listening to, despite the almost robotic narration. There were also several mispronounced words, the worst of which was "Papajeeno" for Papageno.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Birds of a feather

This charming book gets an A plus! Entertaining and informative... Sweet and thought provoking... A glorious read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

Gives a whole new perspective on Mozart and on Starlings. I so enjoyed this book. Now, I want a Starling.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book, disappointing reader

This is a terrific story. If only Ms Henning had done her homework. So many mispronounced words: recitative (she pronounced it re-SIT-ta-tiv. it’s Italian, the “c” is pronounced “ch”, final syllable “teeve” gets the accent), pedal pianoforte (she pronounced it pe-DAHL piano-for-TAH - what???), Papageno (she pronounced it Papa-jeeno - it’s Papa-Gay-no), same problem with Papagena, Köchel (she pronounced it Koh-kul - it’s German), accelerando (she pronounced it like the English accelerate, it’s Italian). Where was the editor/producer who should have caught these errors? Any student of music would know the correct pronunciations. I finally stopped listening and read the printed book - a much better experience.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Fascinating Story

I was intrigued by this story and the length the author went to research Starlings. It made me love Starlings and have new respect for them. I got bogged down with all the details and didn't finish the audio--I am glad I listened to the parts I did however .

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Classical music lover

Although there were interesting facts about starlings and Mozart’s history, the book felt forced and stiff. Also lots of repetition in the thoughts by the author.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Author primarily talks about her life

This is quite poor compared with other stories of women who have cared for a falcon or an octopus, for example. Mozart is incide