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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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    Sarah 03-13-16
    Sarah 03-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Peter Pan makes more sense"

    I love a book that gives me a reasonable backstory for something. This hits all the right notes. I kind of feel like I now understand Peter Pan and it is touching, reasonable, rollicking, and fun. I loved this, and I'm not a huge Pan fan. Plus, Jim Dale. Fabulous!

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    E. Woodford At Work 03-12-16
    E. Woodford At Work 03-12-16
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    "Wonderful Peter Pan prequel"

    Saw the play based on this book. Enjoyed this version just as much. Now I see it's the first in a series of books with Peter.

    Was hoping it would be a good book for family vacation this summer. Not G, more a soft PG. There's some fighting that gets a little descriptive, and one scene where the villan stabs someone fatally. Probably a little too much for my youngest / toddler.

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    Melissa F. 02-23-16
    Melissa F. 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT BOOK!"

    I really love this book!!!!!! I can't wait to get the next book in the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jennifer F. Turner 11-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "a definite page turner!"

    awesome narration! even at age 50, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. great for middle school on up

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    Heather A. Hadorn Wichita, Ks United States 11-04-15
    Heather A. Hadorn Wichita, Ks United States 11-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing Adventure!"

    We loved every minute of this adventurous story!
    The story is well written and the narrator reading did a fabulous job.

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    roy 10-27-15
    roy 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "different approach to an old story"

    different approach to an old story. pretty well written, and interesting way to tie in the old book with this story. Jim dale, as always, does a great job putting you into the story.

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    Mary Ann Woods 08-22-15

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    "How it all began"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have loved Peter Pan since early childhood. This was a great way for me to finally explore how Peter came to be.


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

    Learning how Peter came to fly and not aging.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    The moment Peter was sitting at the table deciding not to go back to London.


    Any additional comments?

    Ready to get the next one.

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    Jo 08-14-15
    Jo 08-14-15
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    "very good"

    love it,when Peter and Molly said goodbye ,I feel very sad.The narritor is just okay.

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    bryan 06-01-15
    bryan 06-01-15
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    "An amazing look at the origin of a childhood hero"

    This book takes us back to the begining of this childhood FAIRY tale. Where did Peter Pan come from? How can he fly? Why doesn't he grow up? The answer to these and many more Pan questions have finaly been revealed!

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    Marcie Rodriguez Dallas, Texas 05-06-15
    Marcie Rodriguez Dallas, Texas 05-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Would listen to anything read by Jim Dale."

    Fabulous narrator. The story is entertaining and an interesting take on Peter Pan. Jim Dale makes it worth listening to.

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