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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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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A fun, clever but handicapped origin story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby 11-10-13
    Toby 11-10-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mac The Beardless WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 05-28-13
    Mac The Beardless WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great performance by Dale"
    What disappointed you about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson again?

    No, absolutely not.


    What three words best describe Jim Dale’s performance?

    Wonderfully richly voiced


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment after disapointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 03-27-13
    breckoz 03-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Prequel to Peter Pan"

    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.

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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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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 03-25-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 03-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "meh"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A major overhaul.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    I felt no special attachment to any of them.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jim Dale


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 04-02-11
    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 04-02-11 Member Since 2013
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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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    Mary Ann Woods 08-22-15

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    "How it all began"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have loved Peter Pan since early childhood. This was a great way for me to finally explore how Peter came to be.


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

    Learning how Peter came to fly and not aging.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    The moment Peter was sitting at the table deciding not to go back to London.


    Any additional comments?

    Ready to get the next one.

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    Jo 08-14-15
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    love it,when Peter and Molly said goodbye ,I feel very sad.The narritor is just okay.

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