Monday, 6 June 2016
Audiobook Review: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
When I was given the chance to review Peter Pan audiobook I jumped at the chance. As a reader I went through phases of reading, and tended to stick to familiar genres, so I never tackled Peter Pan or books like this.
I was very excited to make a start on this and as soon as I had the audiobook on my iPod I made a start. As you all know I do most of my listening on my work journey or going to bed, and although Peter Pan is only 4 hours long, it took me a while to actually finish this one. The main reason for this was the story itself and I would fall asleep a lot during moments that didn't keep me engrossed.
The story didn't really keep me interested, it went through phases of me listening, and then not paying attention. I think a lot of this is down to the language that they use, it's very old fashioned and a lot of words would not be used today by children, even the propriety of girls and boy didn't fit well with me.
I felt sorry for Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, mainly the lost boys as Peter forbids them from talking about things he doesn't understand, as well as pretend eating where they don't actually eat at all. The story felt outdated and I did find myself more angry at moments than I would have been.
Lily does a great job at making Peter Pan somewhat interesting, and it's her that kept me going through this book. Unfortunately this is one of the few redeeming qualities about this audiobook.
Peter Pan for me was an OK book, and I did like some aspects of it, but I struggled a lot. I think I am more of a Disney version Peter Pan than original version.