Review: Austin Chant – Peter Darling

Author: Austin Chant
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher:
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Narrator: Mark B. Knight

Summary:

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

Review:

This is an audiobook review, and as such, it’s important for me to start with the narrator whose vocalizations, in my opinion, were horrible. Specifically, the voice of Tinkerbell was in the narrator’s same masculine voice, but he whispered when she spoke. So now, we have the least feminine voice anyone has ever heard and since it’s whispered, the volume control isn’t picking up all the mumbled dialogue. God, I hated that! So frustrating! The voice of the head fairy was even more nerve-wracking as he used a deep bass voice for that, but at least it wasn’t used as often. So for this narration, I’d give a minus 5 if it didn’t affect the author. Since I hate penalizing any author for a lousy narration, I just deducted to the point where I can say I found the story okay so I gave it 2.5 stars.

The story was quite different from what I’ve read previously. Wendy and Peter Pan were one and the same and when she returned to her home from Neverland, she did grow older, but after ten years, she was never able to shake the feeling that she really should be Peter, and given the time period of this story, her parents had no idea what Wendy was talking about so rejected that idea out of hand. Wendy returned to Neverland and then discovered that many things had changed. The Lost Boys were now grown and engaged in fighting with Captain Hook’s pirates, among other things. The story goes on for awhile and is quite complex. I have to admit I missed some of it due to the narration and my hesitance to continue listening, but toward the end the puzzle pieces began to fall together for me, and I found it intriguing that Peter and James (Hook) felt a sexual attraction and then ultimately a romantic one. After Peter comes to some realizations about the “reality” of Neverland, he returns home yet again. But can he stay when his heart is with James?

I absolutely do not recommend the audio format of this story, but if you are a fan of Peter Pan and would like to explore the possibilities of an adult version of the story, I’d recommend trying the e-book.

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