Regular price: $20.97

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,618
  • 4 Stars
    713
  • 3 Stars
    226
  • 2 Stars
    43
  • 1 Stars
    24

Performance

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,680
  • 4 Stars
    296
  • 3 Stars
    79
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    10

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,279
  • 4 Stars
    566
  • 3 Stars
    178
  • 2 Stars
    40
  • 1 Stars
    12
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great entertainment

The plot is somewhat contrived, with improbable last-minute escapes, etc. However, if you are looking for good, plain fun and an entertaining read (as I was), you will like this book.
The narrator is superb.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • James
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-02-10

Best fiction novel ever!

I actually don't read a tremendous amount of fiction. However, my daughter and I really enjoyed Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. This book is a staged before Peter Pan is Peter Pan. In fact he starts as an orphan from England. This book is very suspenseful, and exciting. There were many moments in the story I just couldn't stop listening.

Aside from that the character development is incredible. It's sufficiently interesting but it doesn't babel on with too many details. The story itself if very clever. I would not ever describe it as childish. It really is very well written. I found it much more interesting than any of the Bourne series books. I highly recommend this book!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent!!! for the Whole Family!!!

It's so refreshing to find a book like this. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this. For the family: no bad language, a classic disney type of story only better. The narration is one of the best I've ever heard. I will definitely be listening to the rest in the series. Do yourself and your family a favor and don't pass this up.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Why are these books not better known?

The Starcatcher series tells the tale of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. These books (we just started the third in the four-book series) are so well written, I can't understand why they aren't better known than many other similar but less well written series for kids (I won't name any names).

They are the kind of books both kids and adults can really enjoy and get into. They are packed with suspense and laughs. The characters are extremely engaging and believable. The stories are fantasy and nevertheless are so convincingly set out that you find yourself completely immersed in them.

I highly, highly recommend the Starcatcher series for great family listening.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

fantastic!

This book was a delightful. And Jim Dale never disappoints. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story,

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Before he was Peter Pan

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It was nice to know the story of where Peter came from before he became Peter Pan. I wish to read or listen to the rest of the books in the series.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

love this book!

I read this book twice and listened to it twice and many more times to come I love the story of Peter pan any version I can find and this is by far my favorite version and Jim Dale is perhaps one of the best male British narrators ever.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I'd listen to Jim Dale read anything

Honestly the most underrated young adult series of all time. couldn't stop myself from devouring this book in 3 days.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

EXCELLENT read

This book was very fun, just clean enough that I could listen with my young boys, and performed admirably.
Jim Dale always delivers the best in storytelling, and this is no exception.
The story is so easy to get lost in!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Wonderful

Loved the story! It was a great intro into the world of Peter Pan. Very creative.