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Publisher's Summary

This Audible Original Drama of Peter Pan takes listeners on a magical adventure with Peter, Wendy, Michael and John as they arrive in Neverland and take on Captain Hook with the help of Tiger Lilly and Tinker Bell.

The story begins at home in London during The Blitz, and Mary Darling is planning to evacuate her children to the countryside. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when a familiar face from her childhood returns...the one and only Peter Pan, the mysterious boy from Kensington Gardens. Intrigued by their mother’s friend, Wendy, Michael and John seek Peter Pan out, resulting in them being whisked off to Neverland and setting up home with Peter, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys. 

As Peter and his gang come up against the wickedly evil Captain Hook, their friendships and relationships are put to the test - can Wendy be honest with Peter about how she really feels, and will Michael and John return home without their sister?

Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince, My Best Friend’s Wedding) stars as Captain Hook alongside Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions, Killing Eve) as Smee, Gerran Howell (Catch-22, Emerald City) as Peter Pan and Eleanor Worthington Cox (Maleficent, Britannia) as Wendy alongside a full cast.

To mark the launch of this drama, Audible will be donating to Great Ormond Street Hospital, to whom J.M. Barrie unexpectedly and generously gifted his copyright of Peter Pan.

Performed by: Adeel Akhtar, Mariska Ariya, Catherine Bailey, Rupert Everett, Neil Frost, William Harper, Gerran Howell, Simon Kane, Mack Keith Roach, Rocco Padden, Richard Reed, Maya Shepelev, Louis Suc, Harry Tuffin and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.

Public Domain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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About the Performer

BAFTA award-winning actor Adeel Akhtar is widely known for his roles in Netflix’s original film Murder Mystery, starring opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and The Nest opposite Jude Law. He also starred in the BBC's adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Misérables opposite Olivia Coleman and Lily Collins. For his performance as Monsieur Thénardier, he received high praise with Jasper Rees writing for the Arts Desk, "The most seductive performance of all was Adeel Akhtar, who channeled the spirit of Fagin as the chancer Thénardier. Whenever he was on screen, Les Misérables crackled with a keen, malign energy. He genuinely looked like a rat in human form, a creature of the shadows, unclean both inside and out." Akhtar was also in the BBC comedy Back to Life opposite Daisy Haggard, and had a guest starring role in the second season of the critically acclaimed thriller Killing Eve (BBC America). In 2017, Akhtar starred in the Academy Award-nominated comedy The Big Sick and became the first non-white actor to win a BAFTA TV Award in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of Shazad in Murdered by My Father. Other British credits include Swimming with Men, Victoria & Abdul, The Night Manager, Apple Tree Yard, Capital, Unforgotten, Utopia (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), and the US TV series Ghosted.

About the Performer

Rupert Everett first appeared on stage in 1981 as Guy Bennett in the West End production of Julian Mitchell’s Another Country, a role he repeated in the 1984 film version, for which he earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Newcomer. Subsequent nominations include a BAFTA and Golden Globe for My Best Friend’s Wedding. A writer, director, and actor, Rupert has entertained audiences in theater, film, and television, including directing and writing the 2018 film The Happy Prince about Oscar Wilde. Theater credits include Mass Appeal, Don Juan, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He has also voiced characters in such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shrek 2. Everett has starred in films as diverse as Inspector Gadget and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also appeared on TV in dramas and documentaries, including Black Mirror and Born to Be Wilde.

About the Performer

Gerran Howell is featured on the big screen in Sam Mendes's 1917 (Universal) and stars in The Song of Names, alongside Clive Owen and Tim Roth. He was a series regular in the high-profile Hulu drama Catch-22, directed by George Clooney. Howell was also a series regular on Emerald City (NBC) and shot guest leads on Genius: Picasso (Fox), This Country (BBC), and Strike Back (Sky HBO).

About the Performer

Named as one of the Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, rising star Eleanor Worthington-Cox won an Olivier Award at age 10 for her role in the stage musical Matilda and earned a BAFTA nomination for her first lead TV role in The Enfield Haunting. She plays the lead role in Sky Atlantic’s Britannia, and can also be seen as the lead in Paramount’s Action Point, starring opposite Johnny Knoxville, and the BAFTA-winning gothic drama Gwen.

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Enjoyed narration but puzzled by "updated" story

I read the original Peter Pan book many years ago and was really confused by this Audible original, especially the talk of WWII when the book was written in 1911. The performances are amazing - it is easy to detect which character is speaking in every case. So well done. Still, I would have appreciated some warning about this not really being the work of JM Barrie, but as others have mentioned, it is more "based on" the work of JM Barrie.

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Amazing!

I don't have high expectations of the free monthly audible offerings, so this was an unexpected gem! The full cast production and sound effects make it sound like an old radio show or you're actually listening to a production of the stage play. This version is a bit different, but I found that I quite liked what was changed.

Peter Pan was originally published in the early 1900s (between 1900 and 1910, depending on if you mean the play or the book) and it was set in the Victorian period, which was at a small remove from the time period in which children were actually watching/reading Peter Pan when it first came out. This variation of Peter Pan keeps the remove but lessens it by moving the exposition with the Darlings from the Victorian period to World War II. This changes some things - Mr. Darling is away fighting so he's an absent character and the Darling children are afraid of being sent away to the countryside which is what prompts them to run away to Neverland, among other things - but nothing substantial. I also liked that the native tribe has been eliminated, but that Tiger Lily as a character is kept. Even better, Tiger Lily is the leader of a group of lost girls in Neverland, a rival to Peter's lost boys and another enemy of the pirates. These were both minor changes that gave the story an updated feel without radically changing anything and both these changes removed problematic elements of the original Peter Pan play/book (such as racism).

Overall, this was AWESOME. (If all the audible originals had this kind of quality I wouldn't have to tell people that they're almost never worth it.) In any case, I highly recommend this variation of Peter Pan, especially if you have the opportunity to get it for free this month.

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Disappointing

The acting and production values were great. The story was an amalgamation of various modern interpretations that didn't mesh well, set during the London Blitz but everyone spoke in modern slang. The opening sequence with the mother's memories of her experiences with Pan went on far too long, I started wondering if it was the same book. Hook and Shmee played to all of the worst Gay Villain stereotypes (at least they weren't blatant paedophiles). The children were portrayed as horribly obnoxious; the whole thing lost all of the story's innate charm.

I'd love to hear a re-write of this with the same actors and production value, but in a far more traditional style.

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Not the original work

This is a reasonably enjoyable performance, but it's sold as "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie when it is really a story based on "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie.

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Perversion of a Delightful Classic

Who asked for a retelling of a children’s tale that inserts a load of ridiculous political themes and adult content? I couldn’t be more disgusted.

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  • 12-13-19

Ruined the classic

I hated the poor anachronistic changes. They ruined one of my favorite stories. If they were trying for their own"Hook", they failed miserably.

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Boring...

I tried to listen to this and I just could not for the life of me listen to this at all. It was all over the place and personally I’m glad it was free cause I would have been even more upset if I had paid for this.

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  • 12-15-19

Not the original Victorian version.

Not what I expected. This should have been described as “based on J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan”.

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Sound is very echoey and tin like. Not great quality. Story great but quality not

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pirates steal the show

I honestly struggled to stay interested at times, but every time I started to fade Hook and his pirates pulled me right back in.

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  • Buster
  • 01-04-20

unfortunate feminist adaptation

My first thought was that it wasn't what I expected, moving the setting to WW2 didn't upset me it was just different [until I suspected it was just to make Mary a single mother], but then I was struck by what I'll call "the aggresive feminist agenda" [and just as a note here, I'm not male] and I just thought "Why?", why do modern producers/directors feel that they have to politicise everything? It's based on the Peter Pan characters, but I wouldn't call it by Barrie.

The voice acting was excellent, but this is a children's story, aimed at primary school age children and frankly I wouldn't let a child of mine listen to it because it actively promulgates a political agenda. There's a section where Wendy, I think, literally complains about being oppressed by males, which is particularly jarring, as is Mary's behaviour to Nana. There was a subliminal impression that she had to lose her children in order to learn to behave better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-19

Peter Pan this is NOT

Whoever decided to rewrite Peter Pan must have imagined they were improving it. They have not. Why move the story to the 1940s? Why excise the Indians and replace them with ‘Lost Girls’, whose existence totally goes against the (included) premise that girls are too sensible to fall out of their prams? And why on earth change the original vocabulary (Hook calling people ‘numpties’ and exclaiming ‘not on your nelly’)?? Everett is superb and the performances are fine - just a tragedy some misguided individual decided to mess with the actual original text in this ridiculous way...

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  • steve
  • 12-13-19

Disappointing

For me the dramatization just didn’t work, would have preferred the book to have been read as written. Nice gesture to make it a free Christmas download Audible but I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

A poor adaptation of a classic

Made unnecessary changes to the original version. Would recommend you read the book and skip this version

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  • Mr. R. P. Forsey
  • 04-24-20

Couldn't finish it

If you are a child listening to Peter Pan for the first time or you aren't bothered by changes made to classic stories then you will probably enjoy this adaptation. Unfortunately I am neither and so the whole WWII thing was jarring and a bit confusing. Having not read any description of the adaptation I first thought it was a sequel and not the original Peter Pan. Once I got my head around that, there seemed a lot of changes with "lost girls" even though earlier Peter had said there weren't any lost girls, so the story seemed a bit of a mess. The Pirates finished it for me. I couldn't handle Hook's fawning over Smee, it was all a bit over the top and so as I wasn't enjoying it I decided to stop and find something else to listen to.

A missed opportunity.

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  • Janette Carr
  • 12-16-19

Clumsy attempt to update a classic

The performance should have been better given the cast but a lot of wooden acting and very little heart.

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  • Anon
  • 12-09-19

This is not Peter Pan.

Peter Pan is a towering classic. It cannot be improved.

If someone attempted to improve it, filtering it through 2019 feminism & changing parts of it for absolutely no good reason would not be the way to go.

That route only leads to one thing: ruining a good opportunity for a new dramatization of this much loved masterpiece.

Please remove Barrie's name from this and indeed the title 'Peter Pan'.

No child should have to listen to Peter Pan for the first time thinking this bad adaptation is actually Peter Pan.


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  • Vicky
  • 12-12-19

Brilliant adaptation but...

Very enjoyable and great fun for the whole family, but the sound effects were often too loud and overpowered the vocals. Sometimes when the vocals dipped in volume to provide depth to the sound, it was too quiet. Most of the voice actors were very well done but some were quite flat in emotion.

I would recommend this as a bedtime treat with the whole family, there is some mild swearing like 'up yours' but fitting with the time and theme.

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  • Scott Barnes
  • 10-12-21

Did Not Enjoy

It's set in a different time, it's written to adapt to the Blitz UK and it misses every mark possible. It didn't need that adaptation and it could've been done so much better.

It feels pointless. It sounds like it's trying to be something it's not and it's just a very unejoyable version of what was already a popular classic.

The performances involved I also didn't enjoy. They sounded too over the top and all together it misses every mark.

I don't recommend this version whatsoever.

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  • LFP
  • 03-20-21

Awful

I couldn’t finish this book. I love the original story and this was not the book I adore. I don’t understand the need to change something that works so well. Just very glad I didn’t pay for it!

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  • SW TUBBS
  • 01-20-20

"Aaaaaargh"!

Captain Hook never had much of a chance. "Aaaaaargh"!

A timeless fantasy narrated extremely well.

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  • Jessica
  • 01-05-20

An escape from reality

Just about everyone, like myself, knows the tale of Peter Pan but never read the book. Even as an adult it was a great way to escape my reality for a few hours. The performance was very good too.
There were parts of the plot I wish were expanded upon but I guess that’s the charm of this story, it leaves parts to the imagination.