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.
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.
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.
I love Dave Barry and have enjoyed my exposure to Ridley Pearson. They wrote a lovely tale of how Peter Pan came into being. The story is filled with adventure, and is well written. I had a difficult time putting it down and didn't want the story to end, so I immediately downloaded the next one. Jim Hale is an excellent narrator, capturing the tones of he story beautifully.
It was a blast to get into a fast moving tale of swashbuckling heroes and villains on the high seas, and to in the gaps of the story of Peter Pan. I was looking for a light read after "All the Light We Cannot See," and this fit the bill.
Jim Dale has an annoying way of drawing out the ends of words so that the characters sound whiny. His female voices (just one, really, for this book) are particularly grating, and poor Tubby Ted was made even more unlikeable by Dale's voicing him as a complete dolt. Unfortunately, Jim Dale narrates the second book, so I think I'll have to read that one in print. (I didn't like his reading of Harry Potter, either, and quickly switched to the Stephen Fry readings, so Dale might not be a problem with other listeners.)
It would be easy to listen to in one sitting, but a time commitment.
knowing the good guys would all win no matter how bad the problem!
The story reminded me how much fun it was to read when I was 4 or 5. This story was not the old peter pan - and as an adult I really don't need to remember how confused I was that Peter was really a Mary - not that there is anything wrong with that -but no confusion here, no thinking required, just enjoy and smile.
Swashbuckling. Unexpected. Fun.
I liked the scene when the mermaids were chasing the longboat.
Jim Dale always does a great job with his characters.
Didn't read it in book form just have the audio
For me this series is like reading wicked it's a reimagining and I loved it
This is my first book with Jim dale narrating and to be honest it was why I had purchased it