I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This was a fantastically interesting take on Peter Pan and where he came from. Unfortunately, the story didn't really want to go where it had to end up.
I saw a production of Peter and the Starcatchers on Broadway, and decided to listen to the book. Dave Barry is a wonderful writer-full of humor and clever characterization. Jim Dale does a superb job breathing life into the various characters young and old, male and female, smart, and dark. I will probably continue to read the series, that's how enjoyable it was. You will recognize aspects of Peter Pan in this tale, this prequal, so to speak. This is an easy, enjoyable, totally entertaining listen.
It has been over a year since I listened to the entire Starcatchers series and think it is time to write a review on it. First, it is appropriate for all ages. It does get suspenseful and there are some pretty nasty characters, but good triumphs over evil (as it should be in kid fantasy stories). If you were ever curious about how Peter Pan came to be, this is absolutely the story for you. It is a grand adventure, from start to finish. I loved the characters, how the story was developed, the wonderfully done narration by Jim Dale, and how each book is resolved but yet is tied to the following book. If you do get this first book in the series, you will be "hooked".
The plot is pretty simple and straight forward, but it is wonderfully done. Dave Barry does a masterful job creating a world that is fascinating and highly entertaining. As an aside, I absolutely loved that Jim Dale narrated the whole series.
If you've not listened to this series yet, take the plunge. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend the whole series.
This story dragged in all aspects. It easily had five or six reasonable ending points. The action sequences were all entirely contrived and exceptionally trite overall. We bought this for a family road trip, by an hour and half in to it the kids were begging to turn it off, and I joined the chorus another forty-five minutes in. My wife held strong and followed through, we all regret that decision and wish we could just get our several hours back from Peter and the Pirates.
No, absolutely not.
Wonderfully richly voiced
Disappointment after disapointment
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This was a fun casual listen for someone who likes the classic fantasy. It appears to be for all ages and was an enjoyable prequel / adaptation to classic story of Peter Pan. This retelling seems like it may still fit the classic model but it does give us some more details on certain aspects like magic (star dust), how hook lost his hand, and the people and creation of Neverland. The narrator is excellent. Solid 5 stars for an opening book.
Funny. Entertaining. Gripping.
Made the kidlet and I giggle at lot.
The 7yo constantly asks to listen to this recording. We really enjoyed the green teeth.
A major overhaul.
I felt no special attachment to any of them.
I bought this one on the strength of Jim Dale's narration. I knew it was a kid's story, but I guess i didn't know how young the target audience was. I also didn't know it was meant to be a prequel to Peter Pan, I think it could have been better. Uninspired.
It's so refreshing to find a book like this. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this. For the family: no bad language, a classic disney type of story only better. The narration is one of the best I've ever heard. I will definitely be listening to the rest in the series. Do yourself and your family a favor and don't pass this up.
Such a fun series for children & adults, read/performed by Jim Dale who apart from also performing the Harry Potter series (US version)....is the best audio book performer EVER!! ALL HALE JIM DALE!!!!
Fabulous narrator. The story is entertaining and an interesting take on Peter Pan. Jim Dale makes it worth listening to.