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Peter and the Starcatchers Audiobook

Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

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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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    Mom of 3 Georgia 11-28-12
    Mom of 3 Georgia 11-28-12
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    "Excellent book, well performed"

    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.

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    Ryan 11-02-12
    Ryan 11-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Prequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good story, great narrator


    What other book might you compare Peter and the Starcatchers to and why?

    Harry Potter series. Mostly due to Jim Dale's performance, but similar style story I thought.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Really great job. But he made me think of many of his Potter voices in those books.


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

    Ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I never knew where Peter Pan came from, I think this is a cool prequel series.

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    Crystal 09-10-12
    Crystal 09-10-12
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    "Fun and exciting."
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    This book was just fun. It had wonderful visuals, cheeky humour, action and a great story.

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    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-13-12
    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love that Jim Dale."
    What did you love best about Peter and the Starcatchers?

    Jim Dale's voice. It is like music to my ears.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fun and easy to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Peter saved the chief.


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

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this one because I like to listen to Jim Dale but the story was really good.

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    Jillian marine city, MI, United States 08-06-12
    Jillian marine city, MI, United States 08-06-12

    Listening to books is the best way to picture them

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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter and the Starcatchers to be better than the print version?

    Anything read by Jim Dale is better than print He bring the characters to life in an indiviualistic way


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

    In the end when Peter named the island neverland it kind of tied things together


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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


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

    "Before the Disney Peter Pan...."


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    Kristi Smyrna, GA, United States 07-03-12
    Kristi Smyrna, GA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2016

    I’m a creator, leader, writer, Christian, humorist, multi-tasker, filmie, foodie, environmentalist, daydreamer, traveler and entrepreneur, to name a few.

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    "The Origins of Peter Pan from a Master Storyteller"
    Where does Peter and the Starcatchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really liked it, and saw the Broadway play so I wanted the full context.


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

    Loved hearing about where Neverland and the Lost Boys came from. Lots of humor with lots of drama.


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

    I would listen to anything Jim Dale narrates. He is simply amazing. If he reads the dictionary, I'll download it.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Kindle Customer 06-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Why are Kids books so good???"

    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.

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    twyla 05-29-12
    twyla 05-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Best Audio Books Yet!"

    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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    Ed Daniels 05-29-12
    Ed Daniels 05-29-12
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    "5 STAR-catchers!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's well written, brilliantly narrated and offers something special to the child's heart in each of us.


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

    Chapter 30.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale's voice resonnates honesty and sincerity. His voice is both comforting and entertaining as well.


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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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