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)
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
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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.
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.
When my son was sick we bought this for him to listen to while he recovered. It was so helpful. He looked forward to it. The story was fun and imaginative and the orator gave the characters life. I enjoyed listening with my son and wanted to know what would happen to the characters. Peter and the Starcatchers has a special place with us. My son is much better now and we have a wonderful memory shared. Thanks for traveling with us on our journey.
The best thing about this audiobook is the performance of Jim Dale. I could listen to him read the phone book and find it interesting.
I enjoyed the story, especially waiting to see how the elements of the original Peter and Wendy book would be incorporated into it.
I would recommend reading Peter and Wendy (also known as Peter Pan) because it is good to be able to compare the two different stories. Also, I think that you can compare favorably the performance by Jim Dale in this story with his excellent job with the Harry Potter series.
The early scenes setting up the story were my favorite. I really enjoyed how the character Peter became a much more three dimensional person in this version compared to Peter and Wendy. He is not the one dimensional character of the original story.
Yes, although I think it is too long to do so. Again, Jim Dale's excellent reading of the story makes it a joy to listen to.
This story is fun and entertaining. The characters are cute, the story is clever. Overall a must listen.
I have never really been a big fan of Peter Pan... BUT since Jim Dale was narrating this I thought it would be a good book to listen to on long car trips with my kids (He's such an excellent narrator). What I did not expect was to actually, really enjoy the story. It was a good enough story that I actually found that I like the world of Peter Pan as envisioned by these authors. This was truly a good and fun prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know and grew up with. Jim Dale of course is excellent. Highly recommended.
Yes, it was a fun adventure my daughter and I could listen to together. It flows with the original Disney Peter Pan
Great as always, the perfect voice.
How Peter becomes Peter
Worth the sale price for sure.
I would listen to Peter and the Starcatchers again and probably will when my husband listens to it! I love to listen to Jim Dale tell a story!
I don't want to give away any plot but there a few laugh out loud moments!
Jim Dale could make any story come to life! His range of voices and his character creations are wonderful!
I wish I could have!
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