As You Wish:Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish. Finished audio 3-12-15, rating 3.5/5, memoir, pub. 2014

Unabridged audio read by Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright.

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.

from Goodreads

My husband loves The Princess Bride (most people do) and he regaled me with stories from the book since he listened to it first.  I think because of the fact that he loved it so much, my expectations were just a bit too high.  There are excellent stories here, but I also found much of the storytelling repetitive.

The listening experience was great.  Cary’s charm came though loud and clear and it felt like I was listening to him sitting around reminiscing about his first summer at camp with kids who became like family (well, except that one of the campers drank beer and wine and liquor pretty much constantly).  It was nice and there was not a bad word to be found. It was refreshing.  Actors and others associated with the movie also came in to read their contributions to the book.  Seriously, Rob Reiner seemed liked the only person that was capable of pulling this off. I have newfound respect for him.

As for the movie making stories, any fan of the movie or even of the movie-making business, is going to love them.  I was cleaning out a cabinet after Jason had gone ga-ga over the book and he was thrilled that I pulled out an actual VHS tape of  The Princess Bride, which is funny because it’s these VHS tapes that Elwes credits with success of the film.  Needless to say Jason found our long-forgotten VHS player and watched it 😉  I admit that I’m tempted to do the same.

This is a fun listen for fans.