Peter Pan

Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook. The Darlings eventually return home with the Lost Boys, leaving Peter Pan to his perpetual boyhood.

Since Peter Pan first appeared as a play in 1904, the boy hero has achieved mythological status in the English-speaking world. The story's emotional truths about youth, freedom, and responsibility continue to touch the heart and thrill the imagination.

James Matthew Barrie (1860 - 1937) was born in Scotland, the son of a weaver and the ninth of 10 children. His mother saw to it that he was educated, despite the family's low income. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and spent two years on the Nottingham Journal before settling in London as a freelance writer in 1885. His short stories, essays, and novels were well received, and he began to gain a fine reputation as a playwright. His most enduring work is Peter Pan, which is based on stories he made up for children in his neighborhood.

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I will listen again and again

This is perhaps my favorite audible so far. I have listened to this with my daughters three times now. It is much more fascinating than the Disney version of Peter Pan. The story is interesting enough to keep both adults and children engaged. The narrator is also very good. He adds a lot of value to this book. I will likely listen to this a few more times at the least, and this was money well spent!

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A Delightful and Moving Experience

Listening to Peter Pan read by Christopher Cazenove was a delightful and moving experience, a story of exuberant childlike imagination (in which the line between make-believe play and real adventure is blurry) with an undercurrent of painful adult loss. One moment we are laughing at the pathetic pirate Smee, the unlucky Lost Boy Tootles, the conflicted Captain Hook (who can never resolve the dilemma of "good form"), or the playful narrator (who likes to hint at doom on the horizon or to remind us that we are after all only spectators), the next moment we are sighing at the sadness of Peter Pan's existence or at the inevitability of maturity and mortality. Wendy and Peter playing at being and almost becoming the parents of the Lost Boys is affectingly humorous and sad, because it is not quite the real thing and because it cannot continue.

Christopher Cazenove's reading of the book is flawless and engaging (just as is his reading of Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood). He doesn't need to change his voice dramatically to represent different characters, because his emotional engagement with them is so affecting.

I love Barrie's fusion of ideal (joyful innocent play) and real (heartless selfishness and forgetfulness) childhood. He channeled his conflicting feelings for children, childhood, parents, and adulthood into a charming and moving classic. If you've only ever seen the Disney version of the story, or if you've never experienced Peter Pan in any form, I highly recommend this audiobook version of it. I know that I'll listen to this book again many times.

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The most artistic reading, great for ESL listeners

English is not the first language for my daughters and me, so I was looking for a very clear and dramatic reading of this book. The intricate over-a-century-old language, and complex phrases with unique twist of Barry's humor may be difficult to grasp for a non-native speaker, but Christopher Casenove's voice and his talented dramatic representation of each character made this book not just approachable, but my kids' and mine favorite! I've listened for the examples of other actors' readings of this book, but chose Christopher Casenove's for his artistic approach to reading of the book, his clear pronunciation, and his mazing, voice, and I've got all I expected plus more. Christopher Casenove's artistic reading makes "Peter Pan" shine as a true masterpiece this book is!

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It is shockingly good storytelling.

What made the experience of listening to Peter Pan the most enjoyable?

The narrator, Christopher Cazenove, is so — so, so — fantastic. The ideal person for this book.

Any additional comments?

I had heard Whoopi Goldberg recommend this book on TV. And, I thought, "Really...'Peter Pan'!" What could she find fascinating about "Peter Pan"? So, I clicked on the book here, and "oh...my gosh!" 10 sentences in and I was hooked — terrible pun but true. Now, I am so glad I took her suggestion: it is storytelling magic at its best. J.M. Barrie's imagination and fluidity of thought and word is irresistibly powerful.

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Classic book, that is much better than the Disney

This is an amazing book. I listened to this with my daughter numerous times. It's a way different story than what you are used to with Disney. I would listen to this if I didn't have kids, but it's so wonderful to listen to this with your child.

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Peter Pan - better than the movies

This is a fabulous narration of the story. The writing is witty and engaging. I highly recommend this recording!

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Fascinating, Enchanting, and Contemplative

I've never been the biggest of Peter Pan fans. I can enjoy a Peter Pan tale or remake here and there, but I definitely don't fawn over and pursue the truckloads that are out there. However, I've always been curious about the "real" tale of Peter Pan. So I finally decided to listen to this original tale, and I am so very happy that I did! It's obviously a children's book, but it's nothing like, say, Alice in Wonderland. It caused me to be incredibly contemplative and sit with my thoughts, pondering about its story and themes late into the night. The concept of the Neverland is absolutely fascinating beyond comprehension, and Peter's character is more than intriguing. I also loved the theme of motherhood and the importance/role of a mother. Then, thinking about motherhood as it compared to Peter and the Lost Boys or the concept of growing up and what childhood means and embodies... there was something about it that I just couldn't wrap my head around, it was all so fascinating and intriguing. Yet, it also has all the same childlike magic, enchantment, and dream-like quality that you'd expect from a Peter Pan story written especially for children. If you wanted, you really could "run away to Neverland."

Additionally, J.M. Barrie is a magnificent and beautiful storyteller. His writing and composition is phenomenal. And Christopher Cazenove did a marvellous job capturing the poetic writing of Barrie. I can guarantee that I will read/listen to this again. There is so much packed in it that I want to experience it over and over. One last thing: of course, as you might expect from a British novel published in 1911, it does clearly have some racism when dealing with the Native American tribe on the island. It does reinforce 1911 gender stereotypes as well.

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A Story That Never Grows Old

If you have some imagination left, and you can remember that the story was written just after 1900, and you can read it without trying to make it a story that was written today or trying to rewrite it because it offends you, then you will surely enjoy it as much as I do. It’s brilliantly written and is truly a classic. I love it every time I read it. It never grows old.

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Total Delight

Most of us know the story of Peter Pan and I would have missed out listening to this delightful performance had I not heard the recommendation by a famous celebrity quite a while ago. I was looking for something that would be quick listening after having listened to a particularly long audiobook. I’m a youthful 78 and this truly is a story for all ages. Christopher Cazenove did a wonderful job.

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The children's classic ... but

Read this as a kid, decided to re-read it based on all the pop culture references (other than Disney) that comment on how Peter is NOT QUITE how Disney interpreted the story... its pretty much the same it's the small details that are oh so different... Barrie makes comments about what's going on ... he doesn't dwell on it and doesn't emphasis it, but as an adult your "well THAT's NOT RIGHT!" antenna get tweaked. Peter's character really is pretty dysfunctional, and even for a little boy, he's a fairly nasty piece of work... I followed up listening to this with a listen to the Lostboy by Christina Henry, her telling of a prequel of the history between Peter and Hook... a telling which is NOT appropriate for children, that book was intense.

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  • Darren - UK
  • 12-11-14

One of my top 10 books.

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

What can I say, it's Peter Pan one of the best books ever, as far as I'm concerned. It's just so whimsical and imaginative and original every child should have someone read this book to them.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's already a Disney film one of there best.

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  • Alistair Shaw
  • 03-08-16

Really very good.

The voice actor us really good, the story is far better, deeper and darker than anything I've watched with it and the witty insights into parent/child relationships that are as true as they were in the 1910s. Even more touching considering its origins.
Was prepared to be underwhelmed. I wasn't. Very happy.

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  • M. Price
  • 05-12-15

Peter Panned

I was disappointed with this product, the story seems much more dated than I remembered, lots of stuff about hidden kisses at the corner of Mrs Darling's mouth which I found dull. Cazenove's performance is lacklustre. i struggled with this I must admit.

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  • L C Redfern
  • 08-24-15

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