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Go Behind the Scenes with Lily Collins

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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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...
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A classic story told by a child without voice...

Would you try another book from J. M. Barrie and/or Lily Collins?

I would try another book from JMBarrie, but I will never listen to Lily Collins again.

What was most disappointing about J. M. Barrie’s story?

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.

What didn’t you like about Lily Collins’s performance?

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.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wonderful!

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.

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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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My two boys loved this story and reading

On a long trip in a moving van they loved listening to this classic story

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Loved it! <br />

I've always been a big fan of Peter Pan, and this reading was just marvelous! I enjoyed every second of it.

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Revisited

What an awesome experience it gas been 2 travel as I did win I was young, along my merry way. 2 do this all I had 2do was push play and then bgin, wow it was that easy, easy as pie that is.

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Lilly Collins' masterful performance!

Lilly Collins' performance was marvelous. Her joyous, happy voice made this audio version of Peter Pan so fun to listen to. I would definitely listen to any other audiobook by Collins. Fantastic job!

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  • Andrew
  • 11-09-19

Disgusting.

Why is such a quintessential British classic being read by a monotone American? Hugely disappointing. Returned immediately.

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  • DDC
  • 08-25-16

It's a great story and narrated very well.

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 :-)

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  • Mrs Barbara Dunham
  • 12-03-20

Ruined by an inappropriate accent!

This book was ruined for me by having an English classic read by someone with a heavy American accent. I had to concentrate on unravelling the speech rather than listening to the story.

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  • mina coltart
  • 04-05-18

Beautiful

First time I've listened to this book, but I am in love with it.
It makes your heart light up with joy and makes you want to go back to it again and again.
An amazing book that generations to come will love.
Neverland is the perfect escape for adults and children alike.

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  • Kathryn
  • 01-10-22

What's not to like?

A classic of course, but although I have seen and heard many versions through childhood I hadn't read (listened to) the original.

I enjoyed the performance and the story, it was clearly a work of its time with some of the attitudes towards Wendy quite unbelievable to modern sensibilities. This didn't take anything away from it though, well written and entertaining.

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  • Alentia
  • 09-06-18

Lilly Collins gave an amazing performance!

Incredible performance given by Lilly Collins, I have already listened to this a few times!

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  • WENDY E DICKSON
  • 05-06-17

Brilliant book

Absolutely brilliant even better than Harry Potter I highly recommend this to anyone who likes adventure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-22

Latecomer to this "classic"

Only now listening to this in my 40s having never read the book as a child. Only seen clips of the cartoon and never on stage. Quite shocked to hear the racist language again and again as I just never knew it was in there. It really will be the thing a remember about it, over the story or characters. Shame.

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  • TLW
  • 06-27-22

wonderful and sad

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wonderful narration, good pace and an ideal voice for the story itself, soothing and with emotion in all the right places.

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a childhood classic that really hits differently when listened to as an adult with their own children, compared to hearing the story as a child.

i did not realise what a tragic character Peter actually is until listening with the ears of a mother of small boys, and at parts my heart broke for the children.

its such a wonderful listen that im off to find a unabridged storybook or hardback to read to my own children.

i would definitely listen again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-22

don't be rude

never call anybody disgusting and also I love the story nobody is disgusting that is a bit rude but the voice does ruin the story a bit I am so sorry

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  • Adelle M Robinson
  • 06-02-20

BAD BAD BAD

BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD this is soooo inappropriate for kids I could not talk when my 2 YEAR OLD BROTHER hope you get shut down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-20

it was all a little odd

potentially funnier and more dramatic than the narration could muster. at times dark and scary (brief but explicit descriptions of real killing).Sinister and adorable with confusing commentary of relationships.
probably made a lot of sense in 1906.

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  • Echo
  • 03-13-17

Excellent work by Lily Collins

What other book might you compare Peter Pan to, and why?

Can't it's a classic.

What about Lily Collins’s performance did you like?

Peter pan was one the stories i grew up listening and reading it. Lily Collins, the way she narrated the story hit me like nostalgia of the days when i was 7. I am so glad that she narrated it, i cannot imagine myself now listening to anyone narrating the story than her. Please, Please , it is my humble request that Lily should do more book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud in public when i was travelling to work, so imagine how indulged i was in the story.

Any additional comments?

DOWNLOAD NOW.

Great for family.

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  • Emma
  • 10-29-20

A classic, but a lil slow

I love the story of Peter Pan, however this one was written some time ago; which is very much everdent with the terminology or choices or words. Tink and Peter's characters were less enjoyable then I remembered and for a story I've loved for so long. It left me not feeling all that great about finishing it. just a bit of a downer overall. Well read but storys slow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-20

Great audio book

Lily Collins does a great job narrating this classic story. Love the old style language and the vivid descriptions of this original text.

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  • Wendy
  • 04-16-20

Enjoyable

An old but good story which was well narrated by Lily Collins. It was enjoyable.

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  • Peter
  • 03-18-20

The story jumps around a lot - difficult to follow.

I’ve never watched the movies or books of Peter Pan before listening to this.
I didn’t enjoy this book, it jumped around and I found it difficult to follow. Overall, I don’t understand why this is such a popular book.

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  • NealB
  • 07-27-22

worst narrator ever

of course the story is well known so nothing to complain but the narrator is on sleeping pills
there was absolutely no emotion but bordem
ver disappointing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-22

Such an amazing audio

This was an amazing story showing the imagination of a child. Peter Pan has always been a brilliant story for me, ever since I read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-21

Bad

Do not read this terrible text bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad

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