Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.
Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.
In Whatever Happened To…? friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.
And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.
Four stars for the story and an extra half star for Joel Leslie’s narration on this one. Going into this audiobook written by an author new to me, I thought the cover (by Paul Richmond) was going to be my favorite part of the book, but each story was unique, creative, and fun-filled, and added to Joel Leslie’s delivery. This audiobook made for a fun-filled car trip as I found myself laughing out loud while listening.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I would pick The Naked Prince. Yes, it was a twist on the Cinderella tale, but the added humor of the situation both sets of parents were faced with made it unique.
My second favorite, due to its humor and sweet romance, was The Golden Rule, which featured a young man kicked out of his home for tallying with Jack, who was very nimble and quick to run when Goldie’s parents came home. He found a cabin in the woods occupied by three strong, but hairy men. These “bears” took him in, and Goldie found true love with Ben, the bear whose bed was “just right.”
I also enjoyed Ice Cold—this one for the romance and sweet love lost as opposed to the humorous upbeat positivity of the first two.
I don’t know why, but Whatever Happened To? wasn’t as appealing as the others. Perhaps because of the setting and the situation the MCs were in, it seemed less interesting. However, each story cleverly wove in characters from other Mother Goose or Grimm’s fairy tales, and I realized I was smiling throughout the entire book.
Since I had never read anything by this author, I was very pleasantly surprised by the writing of this fairy tale collection, but I was most surprised by the author’s sense of humor and his ability to get me to not only laugh out loud, but actually to “belly laugh.” I highly recommend this to audiobook lovers, and especially to those who loved fairy tales in their childhood. Joel Leslie’s voices were varied and amazing. For a minimal amount of money, you’ll get a maximum amount of pleasure from this short audiobook.