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)
Jim Dale is by far my favorite narrator. He brings each character to life with the magical tones of his voice, lending to great story telling! But, by far with this book, he had a great story to work with! I'm a huge Peter Pan fan, but was unsure about these stories since they are a reworking of the story and they are geared towards YA, but I loved it regardless. Something I'm keeping to share with my kids some day.
My 11 yr old son and I LOVED this audio book! The narrator is one of my absolute favorites. The story is captivating and I was pleasantly surprised with how the author tied all of the pieces together. The ending was very good! Great Book, Highly Recommend!!
Yes. It's well written, brilliantly narrated and offers something special to the child's heart in each of us.
Jim Dale's voice resonnates honesty and sincerity. His voice is both comforting and entertaining as well.
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.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
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!
Books are where I can clear my head and fall into another world for a short while.
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.
Jim Dale ... period! He is amazing! If you long for Harry Potter because you love Jim Dale, this book is a must!
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.
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.
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!
My children are listening to these and love them too!
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.
A major overhaul.
I felt no special attachment to any of them.
I bought this one on the strength of Jim Dale's narration. I knew it was a kid's story, but I guess i didn't know how young the target audience was. I also didn't know it was meant to be a prequel to Peter Pan, I think it could have been better. Uninspired.
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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