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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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    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 02-07-15
    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    Great story that brought Peter Pan into a remarkable light. He becomes a real hero and not just a silly boy in this adventure that tells us where he came from and why he can fly! Highly recommend.

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    Cheryl 01-21-15
    Cheryl 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun story for adults as well as kids"
    What did you love best about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    It was a blast to get into a fast moving tale of swashbuckling heroes and villains on the high seas, and to in the gaps of the story of Peter Pan. I was looking for a light read after "All the Light We Cannot See," and this fit the bill.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jim Dale has an annoying way of drawing out the ends of words so that the characters sound whiny. His female voices (just one, really, for this book) are particularly grating, and poor Tubby Ted was made even more unlikeable by Dale's voicing him as a complete dolt. Unfortunately, Jim Dale narrates the second book, so I think I'll have to read that one in print. (I didn't like his reading of Harry Potter, either, and quickly switched to the Stephen Fry readings, so Dale might not be a problem with other listeners.)


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

    It would be easy to listen to in one sitting, but a time commitment.


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    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 12-01-14
    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 12-01-14
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    "I am now a child over 60 and I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    knowing the good guys would all win no matter how bad the problem!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story reminded me how much fun it was to read when I was 4 or 5. This story was not the old peter pan - and as an adult I really don't need to remember how confused I was that Peter was really a Mary - not that there is anything wrong with that -but no confusion here, no thinking required, just enjoy and smile.


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    Barbara 03-14-14
    Barbara 03-14-14
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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.

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    Jennifer E. Marinan Philadelphia, PA USA 12-02-13
    Jennifer E. Marinan Philadelphia, PA USA 12-02-13 Listener 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


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    J Killeen, TX, United States 10-08-13
    J Killeen, TX, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2014

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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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    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13
    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Clever, Fun, Entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13
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    "My son really enjoyed this story."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 05-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Re-Imagination of the Peter Pan Myth"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun and Entertaining"

    This story is fun and entertaining. The characters are cute, the story is clever. Overall a must listen.

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