From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.
Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.
With a foreword by Rob Reiner, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
The full list of narrators includes: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and Billy Crystal.
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Just a simple fellow who likes listening to a good story.
This was a gentle and thoroughly heartwarming recount of the creation of the most wonderful film I've had the pleasure to see. It was a rare moment that wasn't spent grinning like a fool or getting misty thinking about the impact this movie had on my life. Absolutely worth it.
I haven't read the print version, but I suspect that the audiobook would be far better because all of the cast and crew from the movie personally talking through their contributions. Also, though he tried to keep it in check, you can really hear how emotional Cary Elwes became as the book started to reach its close.
The story the Soldier told to Cary Elwes.
25 years on, and I could still hear the fun and enthusiasm from the cast and crew as they recount this movie and the process of making it. Also, Cary Elwes does some very good imitations of people throughout.
When I first started listening to this book, I thought it was just a bunch of sunshine pumping by the author. But as the book went on, I realized that it was really a genuine and strong affection for the people and events he talks about. And when I realized that, the sharing of this story suddenly became really fun and rewarding. Overall, this book is very warm and heartfelt.
"Inconceivable that this book could be any more fun"
Totally. This is so much fun I could hardly stand it. It's a short listen, but all the heavy hitters from the movie voice some parts of the book that are about them, so it's really great audio in a way that print just can't deliver. Cary Elwes is great, has a lovely voice, and even does some creditable impressions.
As a fan, I think every moment of the film is nearly perfect, and hearing those moments recounted is pretty perfect too. I think I like best the parts about how each of the actors came to be associated with the film and Rob Reiner's vision coming to life.
Only Billy Crystal. I listened to his Autobiography, Still Foolin' em, which is also really good and funny. These are funny people, and famous actors. They know what they're doing. Only Andy Scheineman, the producer, sounds like he's just reading the words off the page, but it's okay. It's well-written, so he doesn't need to "perform" it.
Yes. It's short enough that you almost can. It's not like it's suspenseful. We all know what happened, but it's kind of like sitting around with a bottle of wine listening to the cast and director tell stories about the movie. Who'd want to leave that party?
If you haven't seen the movie, Princess Bride, (Really? Unless you're under 12 or over 75, I don't get that...) obviously do that first. But for any fan of the movie or of Rob Reiner as a director, this is a no-brainer.
"I don't normally write reviews but..."
As. I. Wished.
The story about Samuel Beckett driving Andre the Giant to school. Priceless.
All of them. Many of the actors from the movie read their own commentary which was amazing.
It made me want to read it again immediately if not sooner.
I submit very few reviews but I felt compelled to in this case as it would be shame if anyone missed this amazing book.
Have fun storming the castle.
"A fun book for a classic movie..."
Elwes' story-telling and the additional notes from the others involved.
Elwes' insight and detailed stories.
The stories of Andre the Giant. Apparantly he could drink ANYONE under ANY table. :)
"Enjoyable and Lovely"
This is a great companion piece to the movie. The back stories of the key players were done with respect, love and in friendship. I am very appreciative that this wasn't a "typical" Hollywood tell all, where it seems that the point is to show the most negative traits of those engaged in a project. A lovely compliment and a recognition to those of us that are fans of this beloved, multi-generational movie. As for the actual Narration. I loved the multi person approach, often with those directly involved. It was very easy to hear the truth and honesty in their comments and remembrances. Cary Elwes' impersonations were a wonderful bonus and yes, he is still the perfect hero as demonstrated in his writing. I highly recommend this.
"As I wish"
My husband had to drag my pregnant body into the movie theaters, to watch the Princess bride. I was determined to be miserable the entire time, because I only got to see him one and a half days out of the week. After about three minutes, it was apparent that I could no longer keep a stoic face. This movie had such an impact on me, that after my daughter was born, and my husband had to travel, our weekly ritual was to order Domino's Pizza, and watch the Princess bride.
Having such a close personal experience explained through Cary's audiobook was more than I could have wished for. His description of the real people involved in the making of the movie, was so enlightening. His telling of his experience, has brought new wonder and love towards the story. My appreciation grew through his eyes.
If I could have one more wish, that would be to enter that theater, in 1987, with the desire to enjoy it rather than prove to my husband that going to the movies was a bad idea. The mere fact that I could not keep up that Sharad, just proves what a wonderful movie this really was. And I'd like to extend my thanks to Cary for opening my eyes to the making of this movie. He made me feel like I was on the set experiencing the creation of this timeless classic, right alongside the other actors.
I loved this book and wanted to hear more. This is a very upbeat, behind the scenes look at this fabulous movie. Andre' was mentioned multiple times and I am indeed pleased to have heard more about this "gentle, positive giant." My only complaint is that it was too short, I want to know more about many parts of the movie.
"Adds a new dimension to the movie"
The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. Growing up I swore my family was the only one who ever rented it from the local video store. I love behind the scenes stories, and this one makes me want to watch the movie on an endless loop. The appearances by the other actors make this an ensemble book. Cary Elwes did Princess Bride fans a huge favor by writing this.
"Grammy Award Nominee?"
Entertaining, Informative, and Funny
The stories about the friendships of the cast, the directing touch of Rob Reiner, and the hard work that went into the sword fighting caused me to watch the film yet again!
The best parts for me were the voice imitations that Mr. Elwes portrayed of the actors, director and other notables from the production of the movie.
It was the injury that Mr. Elwes incurred during production - his fear about being fired, and the fact that the filming continued. Once again, I watched the movie to observe the hardly visible signs of his discomfort and pain.
I did find the announcements of the names of the principles before they were directly speaking a bit jarring. Hardly taking anything away from the huge enjoyment I had listening to this book!
"Audio is the way to experience this book!"
I feel sorry for anyone who reads this book in print. On audio you get not only Cary Elwes but Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, and others from the film. And you get to hear Cary Elwes imitating Rob Reiner, etc. It's totally delightful for fans of this movie.
I distinctly remember seeing this movie with my husband and 2 kids who would have been about 6 and 9 years old and thinking "This is the first movie that our whole family could really enjoy together." My kids are now in their 30's and still big fans. I'm hoping to share this audiobook with them.
"almost as funny & heartwarming as the film itself"
For fans of The Princess Bride, which should be just about everyone with a heart and a sense of humour, this memoir provides a really warm and funny behind-the-scenes look at the making of the beloved classic film, including a plethora of great anecdotes told by the cast and crew themselves.
"One of the best audio books I have listened to"
Absolutely wonderfully performed. Full of fabulous stories for fans of the Princess Bride. Loved it.
"A MUST listen for any Princess Bride Aficionado"
Authentic Revealing Funny
I particularly enjoy audio books when they are narrated by the author and this one was a particular treat.
Yes, it brought back all the warm, happy and playful emotions I have when watching The Princess Bride film.
I now feel like an insider. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film again (must be at least my 20th viewing now) spotting all the interesting details highlighted in the book. i.e. Carey's broken toe and the Spinal Tap Baseball Cap in Fred Savage's Bedroom in the opening scene.
"Love love love."
A perfect companion to the film.
Written and read with such great joy you cannot help but be warmed and embraced in a more lovely experience.
Fantastic book with most of the original cast, superbly told and with the feel that all involved still have a huge love for the film. Must have book for any fan!
"I know something you don't know"
This is the first audiobook I've listened to since I was a kid. The perfect choice too, as it took me back to my childhood! To have the majority of the cast involved in the reading was excellent, just sad that all good things must come to an end.
"Charming look into the making of a great movie"
Cary Elwes provides an enjoyable tour through the making of the movie, with lots of interesting anecdotes and stories. This is made even more entertaining through the voices from many actors, Rob Reiner and William Goldman recounting their own memories of the film. For those who can't speak for themselves, like Andre the giant, Elwes shows a great talent with voices and dialects. All around as charming as the movie deserves.
"Audiobook of the year for all PB fans"
One of the best, the most nostalgic fun to be had of the year...
All those little behind the scenes nuggets: which director nearly made PB? What did Wesley (Cary Elwes) really make of Princess Buttercup? (Robin Wright), which amazing actor did not think he was right for his part? and who was the most beloved of all the cast members?
Elwes is a fantastic narrator, if he wrote this book without a ghost writer he is also an accomplished writer
The only audiobook I remained glued to and listened to all in one go...
The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films and if you love the film you will love this behind the scenes memoir. Cary Elwes writes an account of the making of the film which is as courteous and elegant as the man in black himself and yet which also provides all kinds of fascinating insights as to how the film was made. Ever wanted to know what its really like being an actor? Not as easy as you might think. A lively nostalgic read with the added bonus of the real voices of the cast and filmmaking team, re-live the film and see it anew....
absolutely loved it, couldn't wait to start hearing it. was really impressed by the dedication the actors still put into what some wouldn't even consider spending time on
"Not your average everyday ordinary ho-hum book!"
To a fan of the film this is a wonderful book with stories from development through production and afterwards, with Cary Elwes being front and centre but other surviving members of the team contributing wonderful nuggets. Its warm hearted style will show how much work actually went in to making this modern day classic. And how it survived various challenges from its cast and crew.
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