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Peter Pan

An Audible Original Drama
Series: Peter Pan
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Peter introduces himself to Wendy, Michael and John
And. Just. Let. Go... Learning to fly
Captain Hook dreams of catching Peter
Peter and Captain Hook go head to head

  • Peter introduces himself to Wendy, Michael and John
  • And. Just. Let. Go... Learning to fly
  • Captain Hook dreams of catching Peter
  • Peter and Captain Hook go head to head
J M Barrie and GOSH

J M Barrie's gift to GOSH


In 1929, J M Barrie unexpectedly and generously gifted his copyright of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Barrie supported GOSH for many years and was approached in 1929 to sit on a committee to help the Hospital build a much-needed new wing. Barrie declined but said he ‘hoped to find another way to help’. Two months later, the Hospital board was stunned when Barrie donated all his rights for Peter Pan to GOSH, explaining that he was inspired by the children at GOSH.

Through this gift the hospital receives royalties from every production of the play, as well as from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products. Barrie requested the amount raised for the hospital from Peter Pan never be revealed, and GOSH has honoured his wishes. In recognition of J M Barrie’s unprecedented generosity, and the exceptional work of the Hospital itself, the House of Lords sprinkled more fairy dust over GOSH in 1988, by voting overwhelmingly for a special clause in the UK’s Copyright Designs & Patents Act giving the hospital the right to a royalty from Peter Pan in perpetuity.

For over 90 years, the story of Peter and his battle against arch-enemy Captain Hook has enchanted children and adults alike, while continuing to support seriously ill children across the UK who are cared for at GOSH and beyond.

Adeel Akhtar

About the performer

BAFTA award winning actor, Adeel Akhtar recently starred in Netflix’ original film Murder Mystery, opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. In the BBC's adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Misérables opposite Olivia Coleman and Lily Collins he received praise from Jasper Rees from the Arts Desk: The most seductive performance of all was Adeel Akhtar, who channelled the spirit of Fagin as the chancer Thénardier.

In 2017, Adeel 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. His further credits include Swimming With Men, Victoria & Abdul, The Night Manger and Utopia, for which he received a BAFTA nomination.

Rupert Everett

About the performer

Rupert Everett first appeared on stage in 1981 as Guy Bennett in the West End production of Julian Mitchell’s play Another Country, a role he repeated in the 1984 film version which saw him nominated for a BAFTA 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 across theatre, film and television including directing and writing 2018 film The Happy Prince about Oscar Wilde.

Theatre credits include Mass Appeal, Don Juan, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. As well as voicing characters in the likes of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shrek 2, he has starred in films as diverse as Inspector Gadget and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You may have seen Rupert on TV in drama and documentaries including Black Mirror or Born to Be Wilde.

Gerran Howell

About the performer

Gerran Howell recently wrapped on Sam Mendes' 1917 (Universal) and stars in feature The Song of Names, alongside Clive Owen and Tim Roth. Gerran was a series regular in both the Hulu/Channel 4 high-profile drama Catch-22, directed by George Clooney and on Emerald City (NBC) and shot guest leads on Genius: Picasso (Fox), This Country (BBC) and Strike Back (Sky/HBO).

Eleanor Worthington-Cox

About the performer

Rising-star Eleanor Worthington-Cox already has an Olivier Award, a BAFTA nomination and was also announced as one of the Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. Eleanor plays the lead role in Sky Atlantic’s Britannia, now in it’s second season and can also be seen as the lead in Paramount’s Action Point, starring opposite Johnny Knoxville. Eleanor also plays the title role in Gwen recently released in the UK and US.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A little bit delirious.

This story is a bit strange. The setting is changed in more than one way as mentioned in other reviews. (If Tiger Lily's tribe was going to be changed it could have been in a more sensitive way instead of a way that promotes erasure. There was not really a reason to remove Mr. Darling and have him involved in WWII etc. and also there's this weird way that it implies Mrs. Darling is neglecting Nana...Not good.)

First I thought maybe it was closer to the originals in that maybe it used more of JM Barrie's original concepts...but moving it to WWII certainly isn't that. Plus, I avoid WWII stories for a reason. In any case it wasn't too heavy handed, just unnecessary.

I am intrigued by yet horrified by the original story which is a whole other thing, the more you dig into it the less tame it seems and in terms of tone this tone does match the original better--except the updated slang. This just seemed like a bit of a confused mess, honestly, but the actual voice acting was top notch. So I just didn't enjoy it much but the performance deserves 5 stars.

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Immense Fun.

Magical and fun. My very favourite part was Rupert Everett as a camp Captain Hook.

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A good adaptation

The actors are very convincing and anyway it’s one of my favorite classics. But why transpose it in WW II time? The beginning sounds like The Narnian’s one.

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  • CarrieO
  • 16-12-19

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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  • AA
  • 07-12-19

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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  • mnc300
  • 11-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-19

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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  • bianca m.
  • 12-12-19

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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  • Ryan
  • 14-12-19

Adult Nonsense

I cannot fathom why someone would want to desecrate a beautiful classic like this with a bunch of ridiculous adult themes. This should be children’s fairy story. Instead, the re-engineers constructed a sad, convoluted Frankenstein’s monster. Voiced well, sound produced well. Written terribly.

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  • DP
  • 15-12-19

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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  • bc
  • 13-12-19

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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  • andrew
  • 07-12-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-19

Sound quality

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

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