• All the Ever Afters

  • The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
  • By: Danielle Teller
  • Narrated by: Jane Copland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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All the Ever Afters

By: Danielle Teller
Narrated by: Jane Copland
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Publisher's summary

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous re-imagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story....

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress' apprentice when she is only 10 years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenage Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child.

Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after".

©2018 Danielle Teller (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not what I was expecting...

I was expecting a retelling of Cinderella from the step mother’s POV, but this wasn’t really that. I listened to about half and not much happened. It was basically just the stepmother’s depressing backstory. It’s not bad or anything, just not what I was expecting and not all that interesting. I returned this.

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well performed but not the best adaption

The narrator of this book was great, but this was not the best fairy tale adaptation I've read. usually the point of the "fairy take from the antagonist's view" trope serves to help you sympathize with the villain and see a different perspective. I didn't find Agnes sympathetic at all, and while it served to tie "realistic" events to the high points of the fairy tale, it seemed more to me like an story of a parent treating a Neuro-atypical child harshly than a fairy tale. Attempts to help us see why Agnes acts a certain way are undercut by her internal monologue saying "I should have behaved differently, but..." I finished this but just wasn't really my cup of tea.

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Great book

I loved this book. I was sad when it was over. I love Cinderella and it was fun to hear another version.

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An alternate view of the Cinderella story

I've always loved fairy tales, and this beautiful re-telling of the Cinderella story was very appealing. It did drag a bit in the middle, and the ending felt a bit rushed and too tidy, but it's still a lovely story if you love fairy tales. The narration is perfect.

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The Other Side of the Story

There are always two sides to every story, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Agnes'. It was believable and tied in very well to what we've all read regarding Cinderella. This is a book I could probably read a time or two and never tire of. Probably not appropriate for readers under the age of 14.
Narration of this book was perfect.

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Enchanting

This really changed my perspective of the cinderella story and added so much valued to my childhood thoughts on this fairy tale

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The stepmothers story

I enjoyed this piece it made the Cinderella story much more realistic for me. How the characters were portrayed as how society perceives people of color. I wish Disney would came up with much more realistic story then the one the world has seen portrayed. Great job on this book.

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What a delightful twist to a fairy tale

I love the twist and thought provoking storyline of this book and getting to know the “evil” mother better

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Fantastic!

I loved listening to this story. We get to see insight into the lives of the stepmother, sisters, and even Cinderella's father in this "behind the scenes" retelling of the childhood classic. After listening, I feel like saying, "And now you know the rest of the story." For those that know... The story was well written, and the narrator did a wonderful job. Highly recommend and will be looking for more from both the author and narrator.

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Absolutely wonderful

This is such a wonderful story!! I enjoy all my fairytale stories and this one is such a good retelling from a different perspective!! it's extremely captivating.

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