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)
If Jim reading the HP books brought you here, just buy it. He's amazing. His voices and accents, while some are similar to the HP book characters, are definitely not exact copies. He somehow manages to come up with more.
The story is bit contrived to fit in and at times panders to the kids a bit, but still very high quality story telling.
Stupid as it may sound, some of the slapstick is quite funny, even when read.
Yeah, all the HP books. He's brilliant, truly unique talent.
It's fun, even for us old guys. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!
This book was excellently written! It was a true adventure brought to life by both the authors and by Jim Dale (his character voices are spot-on and so fun/funny). I am a 6th grade teacher and I will be highly recommending this to book to my students. I will probably have to get the other books in the series now...I'm hooked!
Purchased this book to help a long car trip go by, and thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the presentation. I look forward to more "Peter" books, and would gladly listen to other stories read by Jim Dale. He has an excellent range of voice styles, and his consistency in using them, despite multiple characters, was amazing.
Yes, good story, great narrator
Harry Potter series. Mostly due to Jim Dale's performance, but similar style story I thought.
Really great job. But he made me think of many of his Potter voices in those books.
I never knew where Peter Pan came from, I think this is a cool prequel series.
Jim Dale's voice. It is like music to my ears.
It was fun and easy to listen to.
When Peter saved the chief.
It made me laugh.
I got this one because I like to listen to Jim Dale but the story was really good.
Listening to books is the best way to picture them
Anything read by Jim Dale is better than print He bring the characters to life in an indiviualistic way
In the end when Peter named the island neverland it kind of tied things together
I've listened to all of the Harry Potter book done by Jim Dale he is so amazing i loe how he uses a different voice for each character its wonderful and consistant
"Before the Disney Peter Pan...."
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Really liked it, and saw the Broadway play so I wanted the full context.
Loved hearing about where Neverland and the Lost Boys came from. Lots of humor with lots of drama.
I would listen to anything Jim Dale narrates. He is simply amazing. If he reads the dictionary, I'll download it.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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!!
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