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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

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)

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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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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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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

very good

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

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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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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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Favorite Book Ever!

My favorite book. I listen to it every night to fall asleep.

Also my favorite reader. The voices make me so happy.

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Peter Pan!

This an awesome prequel to the Peter Pan story! If you want a look at how it may have all started look no further.

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The Prequel to Peter Pan

Where does Peter and the Starcatchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought it based on the authors and reviews alone and was thoroughly pleased to find that it is a back-story to Peter Pan...how Peter is forever a boy, how Captain Hook (The Black Stache) looses his hand, and where does Tinkerbell come from. Witty and fun!

What other book might you compare Peter and the Starcatchers to and why?

Peter Pan, of course!

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim Dale brings life to the characters, particularly Peter and his pals, and of course Stache and his pirates!

Any additional comments?

I'm definitely going to listen to the rest of the Starcatcher series.

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  • Jarron
  • Cedar Hills, UT, United States
  • 02-07-15

Impressed

Great story that brought Peter Pan into a remarkable light. He becomes a real hero and not just a silly boy in this adventure that tells us where he came from and why he can fly! Highly recommend.