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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-25-11
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail 10-27-11
    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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    John Provo, UT, United States 08-01-11
    John Provo, UT, United States 08-01-11
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    "Great for young listeners. Get Enhanced format."

    Fantastic pre-quel to the traditional Peter-Pan story you're likely familiar with. The kids loved listening to it on recent roadtrip and can't wait for the next book, and amazingly enough, for the next long drive. Highly recommend as an entertaining adventure for the young as well as those whose birthday might suggest otherwise.
    The british accent of the voice talent lended to the authenticity, but was a hard to follow at times - download the highest quality you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiger Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-01-11
    Tiger Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-01-11
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    "WOW FUN"

    JIM DALE gives one of the best readings Ive ever heard and is the new man of 100 voices!
    The book is fast paced and superbly written. Really enjoyed listening to it.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-30-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed the narration, well written"

    My son enjoyed the book so I decided to try it out. I did enjoy it but felt the audience for the book was not my age group but young teens. A little too simple to warrant a five star. I still do not know if I would go on to listen to the next three books. Not a bad quick book to get but be ready for a simple, predictable plot. It would be an easy five star book if I was 12 years old.

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Liked it!"

    This was a fun and quirky twist on the classic story. It was a fun one to listen to!

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    Meghan De Beque, CO, United States 08-31-10
    Meghan De Beque, CO, United States 08-31-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Peter pan with a twist"

    The authors do a wonderful job of rewriting the story of peter pan. They've turned a classic children's fairy tale story into a wonderul adventure and really brought it to life. I love how they incorporated the orginal bits and pieces of the story of peter with their own back story. Wonderful book, I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Denver CO 08-13-10
    Rex Denver CO 08-13-10 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Denver based web designer who enjoys having (or making a commute) so that I can listen to my favorite books.

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    "Don't drive and read it! It's too good!"

    I'm not just giving Peter and the Star Catchers a good review to boost it or anything, I really do feel like its a good book and worthy of a five star rating. I've been listening to it in the car and have had to catch myself because I was so into the story, I wasn't really aware of what was going on around me.

    There's no reason you should believe me, I'm just another person in the crowd, but I liked this book enough to take some time and write a review and that should tell you that its worth your time and is a great read/listen. I also like Jim (the narrator's) characters and voices.

    Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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