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Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1 | [Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson]

Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock and revealed a wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan.

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

This riveting adventure takes listeners on a journey from a harsh orphanage in old England to a treacherous sea in a decrepit old tub. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds a magical substance with the power to change the fate of the world - just a sprinkle and wounds heal; just a dusting and people can fly. Towering seas and a violent storm are the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing waves eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island - where the action really heats up.

Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and the ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and the fearless Peter.

"Dale has the uncanny knack of knowing his characters; he presents each personality to us as an intimate acquaintance." (AudioFile)
Listen to the rest of the Starcatchers series.

©2004 Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The real lure is the richly drawn characters, especially the villains, who exhibit just the right amount of swagger and smirk." (Booklist)
"Jim Dale gives a one-man performance that is truly astonishing. He creates distinct voices for all the characters - pirates, women, British soldiers, and native tribesmen. Adults and children alike will enjoy this rollicking tale." (AudioFile)

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    Madiantin United States 09-20-12
    Madiantin United States 09-20-12
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    "Awesome"
    If you could sum up Peter and the Starcatchers in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Entertaining. Gripping.


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

    Made the kidlet and I giggle at lot.


    Any additional comments?

    The 7yo constantly asks to listen to this recording. We really enjoyed the green teeth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Harvey, IL, United States 01-03-12
    David Harvey, IL, United States 01-03-12
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    "Eyes Glued to Book - Ears Glued to Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story. Everybody know the story of Peter Pan. This let you know how it all started


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter and the Starcatchers?

    Peter was thrown overboard and started to fly for the first time


    Did Jim Dale do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. He changed his voice. Some of the characters sounded alike but you could still tell who was talking by the scene.


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

    When Peter jumped without being pushed to Mister Grin


    Any additional comments?

    Several parts in the book was read wrong. Example: He said King instead of Queen. He read a few chapter titles wrong. I assume that the book is different in other countries or something. I like to read the book while listening to it. But when the reading is slightly different than the book, this can throw you off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    djinx Central U.S. 04-02-11
    djinx Central U.S. 04-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!!! for the Whole Family!!!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-10-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Rob Thomas

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    "Why are these books not better known?"

    The Starcatcher series tells the tale of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. These books (we just started the third in the four-book series) are so well written, I can't understand why they aren't better known than many other similar but less well written series for kids (I won't name any names).

    They are the kind of books both kids and adults can really enjoy and get into. They are packed with suspense and laughs. The characters are extremely engaging and believable. The stories are fantasy and nevertheless are so convincingly set out that you find yourself completely immersed in them.

    I highly, highly recommend the Starcatcher series for great family listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara DUBLIN, OH, United States 03-14-14
    Barbara DUBLIN, OH, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I always wondered where Peter Pan came from."
    If you could sum up Peter and the Starcatchers in three words, what would they be?

    Swashbuckling. Unexpected. Fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene when the mermaids were chasing the longboat.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Dale always does a great job with his characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer E. Marinan Philadelphia, PA USA 12-02-13
    Jennifer E. Marinan Philadelphia, PA USA 12-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter and the Starcatchers to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it in book form just have the audio


    What other book might you compare Peter and the Starcatchers to and why?

    For me this series is like reading wicked it's a reimagining and I loved it


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book with Jim dale narrating and to be honest it was why I had purchased it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toby lexington, MA, United States 11-10-13
    Toby lexington, MA, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Well written, beautifully read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Killeen, TX, United States 10-08-13
    J Killeen, TX, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Series"

    This series of books was a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of it, but I have enjoyed some books narrated by Jime Dale, so I took a chance. Jim Dale's talent at bringing audiobooks to life is obvious. The story is well-written and highly entertaining and is perfect for all ages.

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-03-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dave Barry at his best - Highly entertaining!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13
    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever, Fun, Entertaining"
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    I was hesitant to buy this audio book, because it seemed too "young" for me. (I am 31). I am very glad I took a chance on it, because it has been one of my favorite audible books, yet. The story is clever and fun and entertaining and magical...but the narration really earns the 5 stars from me. I cannot imagine a better narrator, and I missed his voice once I finished the book.

    My girls are young (less than 4), but I can't wait to re-listen to this together once they get older.

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