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)
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©2004 Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"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)
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.
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.
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.
I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.
For a kids book I loved it. I am near 50 years old.
I was glued to it didn't want to stop cause I wanted to see what happened next
Good clean entertainment
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.
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