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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

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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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    katie bennett 04-22-10
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    "A great new adventure for an old favorite"

    Peter and the Starcatchers is a colorful fantasy, and a fabulous, imaginative origin story of Peter Pan, his mates, and his enemies. As the first in a series, it left me wanting to learn more about Barry's & Pearson's vision of that world. Jim Dale's performance is compelling. His characters are as rich and distinctive as those in his Harry Potter readings. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randerson Tejas 11-28-08
    Randerson Tejas 11-28-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Escape to Neverland"

    Great reader, greater story and it answered alot of questions...I highly recommend it to adults and children

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    Tish Forked River, NJ, USA 07-12-08
    Tish Forked River, NJ, USA 07-12-08
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    "Loved it!!"

    I thought it was fantastic. I found the book to be entertaining and Jim Dale's variety of characters to be engaging. I highly recommend this selection.

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    Mary DajiaTaiwan 05-26-09
    Mary DajiaTaiwan 05-26-09
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    "not too scary for children"

    I was drawn to this book because of the narrator Jim Dale, and found an interesting story of a new take on Peter Pan, the world's favorite boy who never grew up. This story seems to serve a good background story for how Peter became who he is.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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