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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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    Linda 05-28-12
    Linda 05-28-12
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    "Peter and the Starcatchers"

    This is an addition to the fantasy books of childhood, somewhat similar to the Harry Potter series, and the Narnian Chronicles. It presents a version of the origins of Peter Pan in an original story.

    The chapters are short enough for reading aloud at bedtime, and the story is not as dark and violent as many of the later Harry Potter stories. The quality of the story is not in the same league as the Narnia Chronicles, but is engaging and a good listen for a long car trip

    I would recommend this book for kids, and adults who are interested in children's literature. The reader did try to convey the excitement of the story, and maintain the voices of various characters.

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    Ruth United States 05-26-12
    Ruth United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "From Reality to Pixie Dust!"

    I loved this book! My little boys finished it long before I did and they kept asking me, "Mom! Where are you in the story?! Are you finished yet?" It was a lovely fairytale turned novel that we all enjoyed. We loved Dave Barry when he was writing columns for the paper and this book proves that it was okay that he quit. We didn't like the idea at all initially. This book has just left me with a broad grin that I can't seem to shake. I really enjoyed it, everything from the Croc to Cap'n Hook to mermaids to pirates are all explained and the answer is closer to home than you'd think. How Peter got to be Peter Pan is a great story for kids of any age. My kids like to turn off the sound on the computer games and turn on the audio books. I have to shoo them out of the house sometimes, because they just want to keep listening. The next book in the series I'm going to get in paper form so that my youngest will read. He needs something motivating, and exciting. I think this is just the ticket.... but I may get the next one on audible for me. If you love the Peter Pan story, you can't go wrong with this one. This would make a great audio book to take on a family trip. I hope you'll spend the credit or buy it outright and enjoy!

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    Loves Books 05-17-12
    Loves Books 05-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Books are where I can clear my head and fall into another world for a short while.

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    "Peter a new twist"
    What did you love best about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    I love this new perspective on Peter Pan. Even if you are not a fan of Peter Pan you have not met him until you have read Peter and the Starcatchers. The story is much more interesting, detailed, and different than you think.


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    Julie Montgomery, AL, United States 04-30-12
    Julie Montgomery, AL, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Adventure Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale ... period! He is amazing! If you long for Harry Potter because you love Jim Dale, this book is a must!


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

    Oh, so many. I think understanding why Peter becomes the way he is in Peter Pan was most revealing. This book explains so many things about the Peter Pan we all know and the lost boys.


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

    Hard to choose ... they are all great. I'd say Leonard Astor was very impressive. He is similar too the voice for Professor Snape ... who was the most admirable man. It made me feel his power and strength through his voice. But if you have not heard Jim Dale perform Harry Potter, Leonard Astor would still be a commanding presence in the book.


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

    My intense reaction was suspense and surprise. Every revelation was so exciting. An "ah" moment time and again. And, I did laugh at the initial interaction between Fighting Prawn and Alf. Really funny!


    Any additional comments?

    My children are listening to these and love them too!

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    Will Essex, VT, United States 04-29-12
    Will Essex, VT, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect bedtime story!"
    Would you listen to Peter and the Starcatchers again? Why?

    My 8 year old loved the story -- it's a great "prequel" to Peter Pan, but just dark enough to sustain the interest all the way through the story. This is a definite "more than once" audio novel.


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    Kathy 03-19-12
    Kathy 03-19-12

    I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this"
    Where does Peter and the Starcatchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a kids book I loved it. I am near 50 years old.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was glued to it didn't want to stop cause I wanted to see what happened next


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Superb


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

    Good clean entertainment


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    Mike Collins 03-05-12
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    "Creative beginning for Peter Pan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this idea of how Peter Pan cam into existence. Yes, it is a youth book, but very well put together and well worth the listen. Jim Dale, who also reads the Harry Potter books, does an excellent job as usual.


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    Erica Scott Bothell, WA USA 03-05-12
    Erica Scott Bothell, WA USA 03-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Jim Dale elevates a pretty good story to great"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale does such a fantastic job narrating. Not only are his voices very distinctive, making it easy to follow which character is speaking, his sense of dramatic timing and addition of special effects noises bring the story to a whole new level.


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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-05-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not just for kids!"

    I picked this story based on the reviews it had and was not disappointed! Learning the backstory of Peter Pan was just delightful. The story had good pace and the narrator was a perfect fit. Being an adult I sometimes crave a good read that doesn't have adult themes and this great little read really fit the bill! Give it a try, you won't be sorry. I can't wait for the next installment.

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    Amazon Customer 02-29-12 Member Since 2014

    I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.

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    "Can I give it 6 stars?"

    This is a great story of how Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Neverland came to be. It is narrated by Jim Dale, who is one of the best narrators in the universe!! Every time a new part of the Peter Pan story's oriigin is revealed I was amazed! It has sword fights, mermaids, pirarates, a fairy and wonderful characters who I both loved, and loved to hat! This story is for everyone.. boys, girls and adults and children alike.
    I plan on reading all of the books in this series! I cannot wait to be a part of Peter and Tinkerbell's adventures in the next 3 books!! Get this book...you will be glad you did!!

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