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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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    "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
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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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    Amazon Customer SILVER SPRING, MD United States 02-10-12
    Amazon Customer SILVER SPRING, MD United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Utterly charming!!"
    What did you love best about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    I love this series. It's compelling, imaginative, the characters are well drawn. I am an adult listener but adore a good, clever story like this with plot twists and turns, humor - enjoyable for all ages! Even if you didn't love Peter Pan, it's so fun!


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

    Great job, very easy to listen to! Love that I know which character is speaking by his voice even before he says


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    msappington 02-04-12
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    "Great book. Not just for kids"

    Loved it. It's a great beginning to the Peter Pan story. Great to finally know where he came from. The story is great, very enjoyable listen. Jim Dale is outstanding. This book is good for young and old alike.

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    David Harvey, IL, United States 01-03-12
    David Harvey, IL, United States 01-03-12
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    "Eyes Glued to Book - Ears Glued to Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story. Everybody know the story of Peter Pan. This let you know how it all started


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

    Peter was thrown overboard and started to fly for the first time


    Did Jim Dale do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. He changed his voice. Some of the characters sounded alike but you could still tell who was talking by the scene.


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

    When Peter jumped without being pushed to Mister Grin


    Any additional comments?

    Several parts in the book was read wrong. Example: He said King instead of Queen. He read a few chapter titles wrong. I assume that the book is different in other countries or something. I like to read the book while listening to it. But when the reading is slightly different than the book, this can throw you off.

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    Alison Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-13-11
    Alison Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "My 12 year old boy LOVED it!"
    Where does Peter and the Starcatchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My son says: It's as good as Harry Potter and as exciting as Eragon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My son says: Peter!...because he is brave and funny and thinks he's the boss and likes to be older than other kids he meets. He's funny.


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

    My son says: Jim Dale is the BEST story teller ever! He knows how to create all the feelings of the characters and the action of the story. You feel like you are there....you wish you were. It's hard to turn off a book when he is reading it to you.


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

    My son says: I laughed a lot and sometimes I was shocked.


    Any additional comments?

    My son says: I recommend this book. It was totally great.

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    "Loved It!! So much more than I expected."

    Our entire family loved this book. It was a great story, appropriate for everyone and the narrator was fantastic.

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    Abigail 10-27-11
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    "I love this book!"

    i really enjoy listening to Jim Dale read and its a plus that this story is wonderful too.i have always loved the little boy never getting older story and i love the pirates! its got great action and lovely scary parts too.

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