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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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The actors are amazing!

When I first bought this audiobook, I thought I was getting an audio adaptation of the original. The setting of this Peter Pan is very different from the original (Edwardian England vs. WW2 London). I was surprised, but I have no regrets! The themes of childhood, the fear of growing up, imagination are all present and retain their poignancy in this adaptation. However, what really sells this adaptation are the performances.

Rupert Everet's performance as Captain Hook is amazing! He is absurd, funny, yet dark and unsettling at times. In the original novel, Captain James Hook, underneath his veneer of class and social prestige, is, in fact, a pathetic man whose hatred for Peter Pan probably only equals his own self-loathing. This version is a bit more comical, but it delivers the point that Hook's purpose in life and defeat are intertwined with his hatred of Peter Pan. Also, it is very hard not to burst out laughing during his interactions with Smee (played by Adeel Akhtar).

Gerran Howell is excellent as Peter Pan! Peter is innocent, adventurous, and carefree because he will never grow up, but he can also be callous and manipulative at times. Howell manages to deliver on all these aspects of the character, which is why he is a joy to listen to. Never mind he is a grown-up playing a teenager.

Eleanor Worthington-Cox gave us a splendid Wendy Darling. In this adaptation, Wendy's reasons to follow Peter Pan to Neverland have less to do with the fear of growing up than the will to escape the horrors and sorrow of WW2 London during the Blitz. Since the war is robbing her of her innocence, Wendy chooses to go to Neverland with her brothers, towards a happier place where they all can be children again. Nevertheless, Wendy is mature, in on the fun, coming in to herself and the reason why this story has remained timeless.

Overall this was a great take on these iconic characters and this timeless story!
Definitely one of my all-time favorite audio plays!

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A Big Thumbs Up

My daughters gives this book a big thumbs up but Captain Hook gets a big thumbs down.

Except for one of the pirates - they get a big thumbs down as well.

It was funny and imaginative, they wish they could fly, just like Peter Pan.

My kids enjoyed and yours may too.

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  • CarrieO
  • 2019-12-16

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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  • Amy
  • 2019-12-07

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-11

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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  • mnc300
  • 2019-12-11

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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  • bc
  • 2019-12-13

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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  • Ryan
  • 2019-12-14

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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  • bianca m.
  • 2019-12-12

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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  • DP
  • 2019-12-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-15

Sound quality

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

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  • andrew
  • 2019-12-07

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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