Shards of the Glass Slipper

  • by Roy A. Mauritsen
  • Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris
  • 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Last Chance to Save Happily Ever After!
Can a group of heroes, including Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, help General Snow White and her dwarven resistance fighters defeat the tyrannical Queen Cinderella? And will they succeed before a war with Wonderland destroys everything? Their only hope to stop Cinderella's quest for power lies with a young girl named Patience Muffet. She carries the fabled shards of Cinderella's glass slippers, as well as the dark secret of who murdered the last of the fairy godmothers. Roy A. Mauritsen's fantasy adventure fairy tale epic begins with Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder.
Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris. This enhanced audiobook features music and sound effects for a more immersive listener experience.
About the Narrator: Christopher Crosby Morris is a singer, musician, songwriter, novelist, and narrator born in New York City in 1946. In July of 1977 Chris's debut album, Christopher Morris Band, was released on MCA Records. The album was hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music - fusion - a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. Christopher Crosby Morris's passion is voice in all its aspects, but especially as it manifests in storytelling, both in prose and verse, literature and song.


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This novel is fantasy, magic, and adventures

Shards of the glass slipper is the first book of a series with the same name, its written by Roy A. Mauritsen self ublished in March 24th 2015, its narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris (with sixteen hours and thirty two minutes).

This novel is fantasy, magic, and adventures (some will consider it to be a dystopian novel).

This novel is about a resistance movement including fairy tales heroes such as: Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White against the evil queen Cinderella (she isn’t under any spell she is just evil), and her dominating step-mother. In a land with almost no magic left, that happens to be in a state of war with Wonderland.

I had a very hard time reviewing this novel, so I will be doing it in a different style (I couldn’t do it any other way).

What I liked about this novel:

1. The idea: the idea is pretty awesome and creative. It gathers many of the characters from all of the of the well-known fairy tales. Add in a dark kingdom under a dictatorship, and the coup d’état plan in a neighboring kingdom.

2. The setting: it was a very good and suitable for the mood in the story (the time is after years from the timeline in the original tales, the place is Marchenton a kingdom whose magic is about to run out, the royal palace is surrounded by “blood thorns “so no one can enter or exit without queen Cinderella or her step-mother permission ) and bunch of other interesting places

3. The events are fast paced and told in a very dramatic way (overly dramatic sometimes). I was almost able forget myself and was absorbed in the action scenes.

4. The audiobook came with music and sound effects which was totally great, it gave the story a third dimension, and made it more enjoyable.

5. Good, as in not evil (or almost good), female leader roles.

What I didn’t like about this novel:

1. The plot: the plot is confusing and chaotic, it left me with a lot of questions. Mostly wondering about plausibility of the events (a lot of them weren’t very convincing, and generally naïve even)

2. The characters: they are shallow, amateurs, boring, and just a mere shadow of their past known glory. Considering all of the fantastic story telling, this was a let down.

3. Horrible male leader models: each man in this story could be classified under one of those categories: useless, womanizer, coward, traitor, irresponsible or a combination of two or more of these characteristics …seriously it was frustrating.

4. The audiobook pacing: while I liked the music and the sound idea (I hope to see it in more books). I did find the voice of Christopher Crosby Morris to be very suitable for fairy tales. Yet it was so slow for me (and I mean painfully sloooooooow).

5. I don’t know to which age group this novel target. Because the novelty of the plot and the music would apply to children, yet there are things that I don’t feel comfortable for a child to hear.

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A fantasy seen from a yet unexplored angle

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Shards of a Glass Slipper is a wonderful title. It suggests what this book is about: shattering vintage objects so they reflect new and surprising visions. Based on iconic images from classic fairy tales (such as the Brothers Grim) it takes a different approach to these images, expanding our understanding of what they mean. Written by the artist-turned-writer, Roy A. Mauritsen, this book is truly creative, evoking images (such as large battle scenes) by use of words, and allowing characters we have known for since childhood to be seen from a yet unexplored angle. Case in point: Cinderala, whom we thought we knew as a sweet, innocent girl, turning into Queen Cinder, a cruel, scheming dictator, and the symbol of her uniqueness—the elegant glass slipper she wore that unforgettable night—breaking into shards. That is vessel that contains the last remnants of fairy magic in the kingdom. And so, beware, anything can happen!

The narration of it, by Christopher Crosby Morris, is simply a pleasure for children of all ages. My sense of it is that Christopher truly had fun bringing this magical, whimsical fantasy to life. He used different pacing and different tones of his voice, and the full range of his storytelling technique, to reflect the many different characters and the drama unfolding between them. On top of this, he made this audiobook a performance like no other, with music and sound effects in the background, which sweeps you into the scene and enriches the experience.

Five stars.

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- U.P.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2015
  • Publisher: Roy A, Mauritsen