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Peter and the Starcatchers

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry

Narrated By: Jim Dale

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 8 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

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. Bestselling 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. 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. 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 and 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.

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  • Kathryn Oak

    My 4th grader says it was really good. She really liked how the author incorporated the "star stuff" into the story. (It helped explain why Peter Pan never grew up.)

  • Taylor Johnston

    Love it so much. Peter Pan has been a favorite sense childhood

  • Emily Austin

    Jim Dale is an outstanding reader, and the book itself is clever and satisfying. I highly recommend it, especially for younger reader (age 10-12, perhaps), and for adults young at heart.

  • Rachel Safier

    We loved this Peter Pan original! Jim Dale is an awesome narrator.

  • Rosemary Rakich

    I have read this to y 4th graders for last 6 years each kid loved it so they earn class minutes to do theread alouds.

  • Richard Sheafor

    I enjoyed this book. I find it appealing to young readers. It was easy to fallow.

  • neetabug

    LOVED IT! Loved it! Loved it... and here's a secret... i have no kids. I am familiar with Dave Barry from his Miami Herald columns back in the day, but this book was a wonderful surprise. I sometimes would circle the block just to keep listening, unwilling to let the story go quiet. i was sad when it was finished because there would be no more of the narrator's wonderful voices and intonations to people the stage of my mind with colorful characters.

  • Anonymous

    This was a great book. My 7 and 9 yr olds really loved it. We cant wait to get the rest of the series.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, for heaven's sake - how hard is it to write a "prequel" to an existing classic? This would have been a fine story - except - at some point, you realize that you absolutely know everything that is going to happen because it is working backward from the original. Everything except feeding the clock to the crocodile is in here, from not aging to tinkerbell to the name of the island. The reading is by Jim Dale - who also does the Harry Potter novels - and it's the same voices. The mean pirate is Hagrid's voice, and that's just too weird.

  • Dan Pressley

    This was a great story. It moved at a good pace, had a good amount of action and intrigue and painted a perfect picture of how Peter Pan came to be. I think that it probably isn't suitable for children under 10 as there tends to be a little more violence and this is not the Disney version of a story for kids. Can't wait to check out the next book.