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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A fantasy seen from a yet unexplored angle
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.
I didn't read the print version and I'm only starting to listen to audio books, but I absolutely love them now. They require a different kind of mental effort, but are much more relaxing than reading a book. Somehow, they take you to a different time and place and you can lose yourself in the narrator's voice and sound effects.
I would compare it to a darker twist on the original Cinderella, but with modern and unique twists. At the beginning of the story, our protagonist is a crippled woman in severe pain, using a wheelchair to get around. It's a completely different spin on a classic fairytale which makes it entirely unique.
I loved the scene in front of the tree by the castle. This story lulls you into a false sense of security when the characters set out on their mission to the castle, but that's about to come to an end as you're jolted out of your comfort zone. I love how the characters are just plunking along, and then we quickly know an epic fight scene is coming. It was so well narrated I could envision the scene playing out in my head.
At the very beginning, when it takes all her strength and much pain to rescue the prince washed up on shore. She literally risks her own life and endures tremendous pain to do what she did, so it was a considerable act of bravery and a wonderful lesson for children. Right at the beginning we learn bravery and compassion.
My first review of this story disappeared so I hope it doesn't happen again. As more time goes on, it's harder and harder to remember the details. But I remember thinking that as a mother, I would have LOVED to cuddle up with my son and listen to this story. Audio narration literally brings these novels to life. Back then, we read the old standbys until the little ones got sleepy. This is a whole new experience, and one I would highly recommend to anyone.
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