As You Wish Audiobook by Cary Elwes (Review)

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Review of: As You Wish Audiobook
Audiobook:
Cary Elwes

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Rating:
4.5
On October 19, 2014
Last modified:November 12, 2015

Summary:

As You Wish Audiobook

Inconceivable Tales from the making of The Princess Bride

By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner

Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal.

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 10/14/2014

As You Wish Audiobook: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

4.5 stars rating

7 hrs and 1 min

Genre: Non-Fiction

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the making of The Princess Bride

My Thoughts
MLSimmos

The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I jumped at the chance to review As You Wish. After listening, I have an all new appreciation for the amount of work that these actors, actresses and crew did to make this a great movie.

It starts off with Cary talking about his love of the book as a child. It is discussed about the fact that no studio wanted to make this movie. Robert Redford was listed as a director for it at one point, but couldn’t get the studio to go through with it. When 20th Century Fox told Reiner he could do whatever he wanted, except make that movie. Reiner did eventually pull it off and did a great job with with it.

This book is mostly told from Cary Elwes point of view, but there are parts where others on the cast, crew and even the author, William Goldman, who is also the script writer. It is great to see all the different points of view about different situations that happened on set.

There are as many great behind the scenes stories as their are great points and lines in the story. I don’t think I could any more pick a favorite behind the scenes story that I could pick my favorite line in the movie.

Some of the best stories were about Andre the Giant, who was such a fun loving and gentle man, even if he did terrify people as much as he charmed them. These stories are as sad as they are funny, because he wasn’t available to put his take on the situation.

The story of filming Miracle Max was a great chapter. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, with Billy Crystal being involved. Reiner couldn’t even be on set for most of the filming because he would laugh out loud and ruin the takes.

I loved this movie before, but I think I love it even more now. I think this book is a must read for any Princess Bride fan. This more than most, I highly recommend listening to the book, as opposed to reading, because you can really hear the passion that everyone has for this movie as each person remensises.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then I suggest you watch it today. It is a movie that has it all, fairytale love story, swordfights, a pirate, a giant, death, the Fireswamp with ROUSes, the Pit of Despair and more. This is a movie that has stood the test of time, even as it was a disappointment in theaters. It wasn’t until people started buying VHS tapes of it that it became the classic that we all know and love.

As You Wish Audiobook Sample

As You Wish Audiobook Narration

My review

The narration was wonderful. Listening to Cary Elwes recount him auditioning for the part of Westley, meeting Robin Wright who plays Buttercup, the amount of work he put into learn to fence so that the swordfight with Mandy Patinkin did look like the greatest swordfight of modern times. It is all wonderful. When I first started to listen, my first thought was, “Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.” Yes, I’m aware that is the wrong movie, but it is the right actor.

Many of the cast and crew read their own takes as to how they felt about the making of the movie. Rob Reiner does a lot recounting and it was great to hear his passion about the book and movie all these years later. There are a few people who were not able to make the reading, so they had to have someone read for them.

As with Cary, when Carol Kane would talk, I could picture her in makeup, “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife.”. I was amazed at listening to Wallace Shawn talk about how worried he was about his part in the movie and the Reiner makes him film the Battle of Wits scene the first day.

Carey Elwes authorpf As You Wish Audiobook

Author Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended Harrow. After graduating from Harrow, he moved to the US and studied drama at Sarah Lawrence College. He left school after two years to begin his film career. Cary is well respected by colleagues and fans alike and considered by many to be one of the finest young actors working today.

As You Wish Audiobook NarratorsNarrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal.

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I like to thank Simon & Schuster Audio for proving me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Enjoyed the movie, but haven’t read/listened to the book yet.

  2. I absolutely adored this movie and i did see that he was going to do a book about it. Great review Melanie….may have to check this out.
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  3. OMG I LOVED this movie growing up – such a classic! Not to long ago I showed it to my stepson (he’s 14) and he was like, “sounds boring” and by time it was over he loved it. I would love to listen to this! Thanks for sharing, I wasn’t aware it was out there even!
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    • Hey, I can listen to non-fiction. I do listen to biographies on occasion, most recent being Kevin Smith’s. πŸ˜› Glad to help you with a Christmas present idea. And I do love that movie. I can recite most of it by heart.
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    • I don’t think I could ever pick a favorite line or favorite scene. I love them all.

      “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.”
      “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.”

      A great line that doesn’t get enough love.
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  4. Great idea for a book and wow now we know that being an actress/actor isn’t all fun and games
    thanks for the great review!

    • I still watch it at least once a year, usually more. It was great listening to him tell the tale. I wish they could’ve gotten all the cast to read their parts. Also, very sad that Andre couldn’t be a part of this.
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  5. I’m familiar with the movies but can’t recall if I’ve seen them.

    I love watching trivia-documentary stories like this, BTS anecdotes can be real fascinating.
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    • I highly recommend the movie. It is one of my favorites. It has great humor, but its more subtle than most comedies. I’m not even sure it is listed as a comedy or an adventure movie. I remember it didn’t do well in theaters because the studio didn’t know how to market it. It wasn’t until it came out on VHS that it became a hit.
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  6. I think for the narration by Elwes alone, I might have to get this book on audio!!! I’m going to ask the lady who orders our audiobooks to get it, if she hasn’t already πŸ˜‰ Thanks, girlie!!!!

  7. This is awesome! After watching the movie for the first time just recently I can’t wait to add this audiobook to my collection!

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