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Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
By: (1860-1937)

His name has become a metaphor for one who will never grow old. Peter Pan by JM Barrie is the story of a boy who remains a boy while the world around him changes.

Sir James Mathew Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novelist whose works were received with great critical and commercial success in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He discovered the main inspiration for his creative genius in his friendship (and later guardianship) with the children of Arthur and Sylvia Llewellyn-Davies. The Llewellyn-Davies boys, five in number and related to the famous Du Maurier family, featured in many of Barrie's stories and plays and some of these works were written specifically for them.

Peter Pan was first introduced as a character in one of Barrie's stories, The Little White Bird in 1901. Consequently, he appeared in a few other stories and plays and finally in 1904 made his debut in a full length play, Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Following the phenomenal success of the play, Barrie transformed it into a novel in 1911 entitled Peter and Wendy.

Peter Pan is pure and delightful fantasy. Peter's character is far from a “perfect child.” He is selfish, foolish, thoughtless and ignorant and this is where the real appeal of the book lies. Readers are preconditioned to believe that childhood and children must always be portrayed as good and innocent. However, Barrie portrays Peter in all his authentic humanity and that's what makes him so endearing because we truly see ourselves in Peter Pan. The descriptions are fascinating in their detail and intricacy, the dialog and conversations are absolutely spot on and Neverland is a brilliant example of the Utopia we all seek in its perfection and completeness. Captain Hook is a truly evil villain, while Tinkerbell shines in all her haughty magic.

For readers who have only seen the saccharine sweet Disney version, the original Peter Pan may come as a surprise! Peter Pan cajoles Wendy Darling and two more boys to fly with him to Neverland to become the surrogate family of the Lost Boys there. A series of adventures follows, including scary encounters with Captain Hook and the vicious Tiger Lily.

In fact, many readers have found the tale to be quite a disturbing Victorian fantasy about motherhood and emotional immaturity. Whatever the interpretation, Peter Pan remains one of the most brilliant and definitive portrayals of childhood and children.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 38 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 17, 2020
Subject: Peter Pan
i love this book it speaks to me
Reviewer: - August 6, 2020
love your site
Reviewer: - July 21, 2020
I love this good website!!!!!!!
Reviewer: - March 11, 2020
Subject: Ebook
It is very convinient I can even acess it on my mobile device I was able to read this thick classic in a mater of weeks!!
Reviewer: - February 3, 2020
Subject: reader 2
i love this book now i changed my mind again
Reviewer: - August 21, 2019
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I particularly liked reader 1. I give this 5 stars
Reviewer: - August 21, 2019
Subject: Peter Pan
I really like this book but do not like the voice of reader 3
Reviewer: - June 23, 2019
Subject: Love it
Very good, I would reccomend this to anyone who favors the old classics
Reviewer: - September 25, 2017
Subject: reader 2
i hate it this book now
Reviewer: - September 21, 2017
Subject: reading
it is kind of good book
Reviewer: - April 18, 2017
I love everything about this book: George Darling pompous attitude; Mrs. Darling's impossible-to-reach kiss on the right-hand corner of her mouth; Wendy's childish motherliness; John and Michael's ridiculousness and curiosity, and Peter's such passion for life; and if this life was threatened to be taken away from him--- "to die will be an awfully big adventure." Wonderfully written and delightfully engaging! So very captivating and a truly magical book. Definitely one of my favorites.
Reviewer: - December 18, 2016
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Reviewer: - September 7, 2016
Subject: reader 2
reader two sounds like a robot please fix it
Reviewer: - March 8, 2016
Subject: love this book
i like it is so cool
Reviewer: - February 12, 2016
Subject: Peter Pan
Love it so much also great that it's free
Reviewer: - January 19, 2016
I love peter pan ! I think wendy is in love with peter pan.
Reviewer: - November 23, 2015
Love the book sooooooo much
Reviewer: - November 19, 2015
Subject: chapter 11
The reader for chapter 11 had a thick accent and very nasal voice. I have hearing problems, and had to skip this chapter as I couldnt understand the speaker. Otherwise, it was a great book.
Reviewer: - October 1, 2015
Subject: Peter Pan
Fantastic story! Mostly good readers. I liked that every chapter was read by someone different
Reviewer: - May 20, 2015
Subject: Reader 2
I think reader 2 sounds rlly weird, but except for that it's fine.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2015
Subject: wow
i think that the voice makes it a little boring but over all it's a good book
Reviewer: - March 10, 2015
i love peter pan i love this story
Reviewer: - October 15, 2014
Subject: peter pan
Reader 2 sounds like a robot but i like the book.
Reviewer: - July 24, 2014
It's a good book, if u like peter pan, ;)
Reviewer: - January 7, 2014
Subject: eBook
I love Peter Pan. I have the movie and the book. I think this ebook was really good. Some of the readers were really good and others did just ok.
Reviewer: - November 15, 2013
I like the book but yet again with the different readers, but they should have the ch.07 reader or the ch.10 reader but the ch.11 reader was too funny :D
Reviewer: - October 26, 2013
Subject: Reviewer
Edgar it's a Children's book it's supposed to be childish.
Reviewer: - September 19, 2013
Subject: 9/19/13
Unfortunately, the book was bad. I think that the book was to childish.
Reviewer: - May 15, 2013
Unfortunately, I echo the others. a different reader per chapter was very distracting to me. Some did well; others were quite poor.
Reviewer: - April 19, 2013
Subject: Just okay.
First time we listened to the "real" story. It was nice to hear something different than Disney or from the Catherine Rigsby stage play. However, we had a hard time with the different readers. Some of the readers were great, but there were three that I REALLY did not like. I would not have listened to the book had I realized they were going to read a chapter. The book and story itself is fine.
Reviewer: - April 9, 2013
Subject: Peter Pan
This is a great book it is full of complete imagination. I think this book is for children my age and many other ages so if this book was rated by ten I would personally say ten out of ten.
Reviewer: - March 19, 2013
Subject: Peter Pan
Love this story
Reviewer: - March 18, 2013
Subject: Peter Pan
I did not like the different readers. The first male reader sounded too robotic.
Reviewer: - March 4, 2013
I liked the book but yall need to tell more about the story! B/C I have to listen to audiobooks for school and it makes it hard
Reviewer: - January 15, 2013
It was a great book but it has hard english.
Reviewer: - December 28, 2012
Subject: Peter Pan
The book was great but I had a problem with all the different readers in each chapter. It broke up the flow and some were poorer quality with lots of back ground noise.
Reviewer: - November 25, 2012
Subject: Peter Pan
This book was magical
Reviewer: - November 9, 2012
Subject: Peter Pan
Great Book!

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