Author: Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
Narrator: Cary Elwes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Published: October 14, 2014
Length: 7 hours
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, exclusive photographs, 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 never-before-seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.
With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
I can't recall the first time that I watched The Princess Bride. All that I know is that I was young, and I immediately fell in love with the movie. Now fast forward to present the day. The Princess Bride is still one of my favorite movies. It is a movie that I watch again and again and still love it, despite being able to quote it verbatim.
So imagine my excitement when I came across As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making of The Princess Bride. I was even more excited when I learned that Cary Elwes, Westley, is the narrator of this book! So, how is Elwes at narrating this book? He does pretty well. Though I'm not fond of most of the impersonations that he ventures in As You Wish. I did enjoy listening to his experiences in his own voice. An element that would have been lost if someone else narrated it.
There are many things I loved about this book. It was nice to learn about the people involved in making the movie--not just the actors. One of my favorite parts of this book is listening to the behind the scenes making of this fantastic movie. Cary's experience is mostly positive. In fact, most of the cast had no idea that the movie would become a big hit. But it seems they all loved making the movie. Perhaps that's why it's so popular. I also love the excerpts from some of the cast and crew, adding to Elwes experience. Some of the actors that lend their experience are: Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, and Robin Wright.
This audio book, like the movie, is suitable for everyone. In fact, my children came in and out of the room while I listened to it. They even sat down for a spell and listened with me. I will warn you, listening to this audio book may cause you to reminiscence, and you might end up on the couch watching The Princess Bride.