Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they’re getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read - the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories....
Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it’s a game - unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle.But soon the game turns strange - and scary. They discover that the “stories” are real, and that what they thought was a fictional battle between good and evil is still going on. And the scariest part is: They have become part of it.
Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help - a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that’s not supposed to exist at all. At each step they must solve new puzzles and escape new dangers, all the while knowing that if they fail, the evil they are fleeing will be let loose on an unsuspecting world.
©2011 Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The Star Catcher series prior to this latest installment was really charming and loveable. Aimed at a younger audience and taking place in the nineteenth century, it was unique and stood in contrast to the various Harry Potter knock-off series that dot the landscape. It was beautifully narrated to boot.
This new Star Catcher book modernizes, Americanizes, Disney-fies, young-adult-ifies, and commercialises the series. The story is brought into the present day, shifted to the United States, replanted in Disneyworld, recast with teens and a twenty-something, and now makes frequent references to modern, brand-name goods and services.
I'm disappointed. Reading this new book felt exactly the same as reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I imagine the authors are trying to cater to their aging (teen-aging) and primarily American audience and hoping for a movie deal with Disney and some product placement lucre from Apple, Google, Starbuck's, etc. Fair enough, but the series no longer seems special, at least to me.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Still a very fun, fast paced book. I really liked it. I so loved the first three and Jim Dale that it was a little hard to get used to a different narrator. I still highly recommend this book and this series.
We have listened to all of the Peter and the Star-catcher's books and were excited to find a new release in the series. This book is nothing like the previous works, and it is truly awful! We stuck with it for one hour hoping it would get better, but it never did. The narrator is OK, but even the great Jim Dale couldn't make this book enjoyable. Save your credit and look elsewhere for something you will be able to enjoy.
Compared to the rest of the series was rather a disappointment. The attempt to bring this story into the present day just didn't quite work. The narration was especially a disappointment after the fantastic narration of the first four books. Oh, well.
I loved the Peter and the Starcatchers books. The different readers made the characters come to life. In this book, they didn't do that and they had a the same male reader for the main female and male character making it difficult to understand who was talking. Did not make the characters come to life.
It keeps Peter and the Starcatchers alive.
What a treat for anyone who loved the Peter and the Starcatcher series. I constantly enjoyed the modern take on the series. A pleasant surprise! The narrator did a great job keeping the story interesting and bringing the characters to life. Jim Dale was a tough act to follow, but great job!!!
I miss Jim Dale!! But as the main characters are from the USA...an american voice is appropriate. He (Andrews) does a fantastic job!! The story is sweet...a lot happens quickly to get the story going...but then it is a grand ride...for a few chapters I was worried it might enlist the help of those other Ridley Pearson adventurers....but not this book anyway.... Keep writing them please..can never get enough of the Starcatchers!!!
I thought that this was a great book! I started listening to it yesterday and I couldn't stop till it was over. I think it's great how at the end they made it to where it sounds like there will be another book in the series. Keep up the good work.
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