There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter's story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.
Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter's magical adventures - her performance capturing the innocence and wonder of Barrie's original tale. Through Collins' voice you'll rediscover your favorite characters: Captain Hook, the Darlings, Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and a tick-tocking crocodile. And you'll fly along with Peter through Neverland - a place full of magic and adventure; a place where no one gets old.
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This is one of my all time favourite stories. Lily Collins narrates this very well and has a warm tone to her voice that pulls me into each line.
I was left wanting to restart the book again :-)
"Fun Story, but Jim Dale is Far Better..."
How can you go wrong with "Peter Pan"?
Well, you can have Lily Collins narrate it. Don't get me wrong; she's a fine narrator, but "Peter Pan" demands far more than someone who can only do Wendy's voice well.
Missing is the snarling of Captain Hook, the folly and bravery of the Lost Boys (Nope. No lost girls: girls are too clever to fall out of prams), the swashbuckling tones of pirate songs. Gone too is the passion and the urgency, the delight of the story.
One of the very best things about the Classics is that you can get the kindle version for cheap (just get the free kindle app if you don't have a kindle), quite often, and that'll open a treasure trove of possibilities on Audible. I did that to get the Jim Dale version of this wonderful classic, where thimbles are kisses, and kisses are acorns worn as necklaces. Where a crocodile ticks, and Wendy is a mother to little boys craving stories and love. Where birds give up their nests so that Peter might float his way to safety and where Peter gives up his hat so a bird might have a nest for her eggs.
It's a story not to be missed, but Ms. Collins just can't carry off the many characters, the breathtaking sweeps of action and joy. Though I can't recommend this version, I do recommend the book for your children (and you!).
After all, when a little baby laughs for the first time, a new fairy is born...
I've always been a big fan of Peter Pan, and this reading was just marvelous! I enjoyed every second of it.
"A classic story told by a child without voice..."
I would try another book from JMBarrie, but I will never listen to Lily Collins again.
Even if I don't remember the story very well ( I think I will read it again) I don't think the problem with this book is the author, but the bad selection of the performer. When you read a story, you can imagine the voices, the persons, the environment, the time in which the action goes on, etc., all by yourself. When you hear a narrator, you need a voice that allows you to go by the same process without seeing letters, to enjoy the story itself. In this case, it is impossible to access to that experience.
I didn't like the performance of Lily Collins at all: she has no apropiate voice, she doesn't know how to express feelings, excitement or whatever the author tries to transmit. I couldn't keep listening at all, not even finished the first chapter. Besides that, her voice has been recorded without the appropriate volume, so it is hard to hear even with a lot of patience.
I was so disappointed that I stop listening; I tried again some other day, and the feeling was exactly the same. I won't recommend it.
"A very sad story"
I always forget how sad Peter Pan is. The story is a telling of how people are full of flaws, which in it self is not bad, but it scares me more than it draws me in. Lily Collins is a good fit for this particular story, with her delicate voice.
Peter Pan makes me too sad. I will stick to the Disney version.
"Good story, unseasoned narrator"
While the narrator read pleasantly, she mispronounced so many words I wished she'd had an editor. It's inexcusable. Aside from that flaw, Barrie's story mostly retains its charm despite descriptions which are sexist and racist by today's standards.
"My two boys loved this story and reading"
On a long trip in a moving van they loved listening to this classic story
Lily Collins does a wonderful job reading this classic tale. I love this story! Listening to this makes me wish I hadn't grown up.
"exciting, funny, dark and light at once"
better than I expected and both playful and mature at one time. reminds me of Alice in wonderland, high praise.
"Wonderfully entertaining classic"
Never read the print version
Exceptional, brought the story to life with the different voices.
I really enjoyed this unabridged edition available on Audible as a deal of the day. In my dotage it was a great way to escape back to my childhood although I have never read this book before. I believe I was spoiled by Mary Martin flying through the air as Peter Pan in a musical play broadcast on television in the 1950's. Then of course the Disney animated version and later the movie Hook. I thought the author wrote a wonderful tale for children and a classic to be enjoyed again and again through the years. I enjoyed the youth of the narrator Lily Collins and she did a wonderful job with the different voices. Very well done and entertaining.
"Great storytelling! "
Great story and performance. Lily Collins is stunningly beautiful. She read this very good and my daughter and enjoyed this story and her reading.
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