(P)2006 Listening Library
After countless reductionist versions, it may be hard for some people to remember what J. M. Barrie's original story really was: a surreal, ironic, humorous, touching tale filled with weird details that no other writer would have dreamed of, and dry - and very English - social commentary.
Like so many other books which have been relegated to the ranks of "children's classics" and forgotten, this story is actually rather disturbing in some strange and marvelous ways - and I think it would be largely wasted on the young reader. Let them have the Disney picture book, and keep this gem for yourself.
Jim Dale is a superlative reader, who truly does justice to this strange, lapidary little piece. I recommend it without reservation to any reader/listener who will *pay attention* and see what's really there, and not the pastel wallpaper that revisionists have spread over the original work. I've listened to other versions by readers I respect and enjoy, but this one wins out over all of them: Jim Dale has got to the heart of the story that is really there, and he is mesmerizing in telling it.
I never read this book as a child. Neither was it read to me and I thought that Peter Pan was a cartoo character until I was an adult. I missed out.
If you have children then buy the book and read it to them. If you can't or won't then the next best thing is to let Jim Dale read it to them for you. His delivery is excellent and carries just the right balance of restraint and enthusiasm.
An excellent presentation of a classic story.
Always thought Peter Pan was for children, but truly Mr. Barry was writing for an audience of so much more. The narrator himself made the story come alive on my five hour drive home. . . forgot I was in Texas and thought I might be in Neverland.
I loved reading for years, but now I've become so attached to Audible I'm finding reading tedious. Is that a bad thing?....
As cleverly read as it is written. Of course everyone loves the story, but just like movie versions of Peter Pan often disappoint, a poor reading can ruin the experience.
We love to see a favorite story told well. Even the harshest critics should agree that this reading is worthy of the story.
What an incredibal story. I had never read the book, but I have always been a fan of the story. This audiobook really takes you there. If you have never read the book, or even if you have, this is a MUST for anybodys collection.
I grew up with the Disney Peter Pan and loved it so I got this book. And was extremely pleasantly surprised to discover that it is even BETTER as an audio book. Jim Dale is a master reader and this story is really a lot of fun for adults as well as children. A lot of hidden humor.
p.s. I would love to see Peter & the Star catchers on audible.
Kat at FanLit
This is one of the best children's stories I've ever read and this particular narration with Jim Dale is stunning. Totally excellent. Highly recommended.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Yes, I would! Mr. Barrie has such a sly way with words and I'm sure I missed some of his meanings. It's a great story and I loved it!
When Peter comes back after many years and finds Wendy all grown up. I think we can all feel for him.
He does great characters. I especially loved his Lost Boys!
I'll Never Grow UP!
Loved this story, but it isn't the Disney version many people are used to. The story is closer to the musical by Mary Martin or Cathy Rigby. The story is fine for children but they won't get alot of what Barrie is trying to say about adults and children in an imaginative way.
J.M. Barrie + Jim Dale equals a truly delightful read. The story of Peter Pan is one for children and adults alike. The way Jim Dale read it brought the story even more to life and it left me wanting more. The way Barrie included himself as a character in this book is so fun and an enjoyable way to tell a story!
We were introduced to Jim Dale's talent through the Harry Potter series. He is absolutely wonderful reading this classic as well.
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