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Peter and the Starcatchers Audiobook

Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

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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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    Debra 04-17-13
    Debra 04-17-13

    Addicted to audio books.

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    "A wonderful adventure"
    Would you listen to Peter and the Starcatchers again? Why?

    Yes, it was a fun adventure my daughter and I could listen to together. It flows with the original Disney Peter Pan


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

    Great as always, the perfect voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How Peter becomes Peter


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the sale price for sure.

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    shanna johnson Winter Park, florida, US 03-18-13
    shanna johnson Winter Park, florida, US 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb"
    Would you listen to Peter and the Starcatchers again? Why?

    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!


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

    I don't want to give away any plot but there a few laugh out loud moments!


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jim Dale could make any story come to life! His range of voices and his character creations are wonderful!


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

    I wish I could have!


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    MJT Oakland, CA, United States 03-18-13
    MJT Oakland, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Nonstop Adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter and the Starcatchers to be better than the print version?

    Jim Dale's narration is wonderful. He totally carries you along in the story.


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

    Black Stash - he's so evil and Mr. Dale performs his voice to perfection.


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

    Heart pumping adventure.


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    Julieann 03-14-13
    Julieann 03-14-13
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Peter and the Starcatchers again? Why?

    I listened to this with my grandchildren and we all loved it. I thought that it would be a very typical youth book "starring" Peter Pan. Wrong! it was delightful and not only enjoyed by my pre teen and teenage grandchildren but also by myself. Jim Dale did a marvelous job on the voices and really brought the work to life. I am sure I will be listening again and again to this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter, George and of course the "Bird Woman"


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humor, depth and great voices that I could not even think up in my head. Superb!


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

    Wouldn't want to spoil it for the rest of the listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    I will keep this in my library for myself and all of my family members. It would make a great gift too.

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    Dan Henrietta, NY, United States 03-12-13
    Dan Henrietta, NY, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Such vivid language!"

    I have listened to dozens of books to date. I can honestly say that this book is the most "cinematic" that I have experienced. I can't say whether it's the flow of the story, or the writing style, or the narration... All are superb, and probably all contribute to some extent to the effect. The result being that, as I listened to Peter and the Starcatchers, the characters, scenery, and events unfolded in my mind as though I was watching a movie. It was an exhilarating experience.

    The story starts out with just a passing resemblance to the well-known Peter Pan story, and as it progresses, more and more familiar elements are thrown into the mix, but in such imaginative ways that they continue to be fresh and unexpected. Right up to the very end, I was not sure what would happen next, but as the pieces fell into place, it just felt so natural that my immediate response was "Well, of course! That's the way it had to be!"

    I was listening to Peter and the Starcatchers to evaluate it as a potential read for my son. He will definitely be getting a copy for his birthday, and I will be listening to the next book in the series very soon.

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    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 03-08-13
    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 03-08-13
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    "Who was Peter before Neverland?"

    This first book of the Starcatchers was wonderful. I have always loved the Play Peter Pan and Disney made a great animated movie of J. M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan. But Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson make a great adventure to how Peter became Peter and where Neverland and it's memorable characters come from.
    Jim Dale is one of the best narrators, he has taken this delightful children's story and made it to where you will feel like you are flying with Peter on his adventures. Every narration that I have heard Jim Dale do is wonderful from the Harry Potters Series to this Starcatchers series you will feel as if you have been pulled right into the adventure will these heroes.

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    Kevin Jersey City, NJ 02-20-13
    Kevin Jersey City, NJ 02-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Nerd.

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    "Very Cleaver"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter and the Starcatchers to be better than the print version?

    Never Read the print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definately Molly. She is so Confident and Smart but Sweet and Innocent at the same time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Molly is talking to the Porpoise. "My teeth are green.' lol


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Every Child Grows up... To a point. I didn't get to see the Play but I would love to.


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    Rebecca Northumberland, PA, United States 02-19-13
    Rebecca Northumberland, PA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "new fan"
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    I had only ever see Peter Pan movies but the back story of Peter in this book has made me a new fan, and want to be a kid again... can't wait to see how the series continues

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    Dan 02-16-13
    Dan 02-16-13
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    "Worth it for the Jim Dale performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    If Jim reading the HP books brought you here, just buy it. He's amazing. His voices and accents, while some are similar to the HP book characters, are definitely not exact copies. He somehow manages to come up with more.

    The story is bit contrived to fit in and at times panders to the kids a bit, but still very high quality story telling.


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

    Stupid as it may sound, some of the slapstick is quite funny, even when read.


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

    Yeah, all the HP books. He's brilliant, truly unique talent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bloody pirates!


    Any additional comments?

    It's fun, even for us old guys. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!

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    Katie United States 01-15-13
    Katie United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "FABULOUS READER!!"

    This book was excellently written! It was a true adventure brought to life by both the authors and by Jim Dale (his character voices are spot-on and so fun/funny). I am a 6th grade teacher and I will be highly recommending this to book to my students. I will probably have to get the other books in the series now...I'm hooked!

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