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Book Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from Making the Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride is one of my top three favorite movies. So while browsing my library’s online listings and I saw there was a book about the making of The Princess Bride I was all in, especially when I saw that the audiobooks was read by Westley, aka Cary Elwes. So my husband and I listened to the entire six-hour book in one setting while driving home from my parent’s house.

As You Wish was written by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden. Elwes played Westley, the poor farm boy who after falling in love with the Princess Buttercup went to find his fortune, and was captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Westley was trained to be and eventually became the Dread Pirate Roberts and went back to find his lady love. This book is a series of stories from Elwes’s point of view, from being cast as the character of Westley, injures on set, and working with Andre the Giant. Throughout the audiobook, you hear quotes and point of view stories from other actors that could add more context to Elwes’s stories. Rob Reiner has the majority of these stories. The audiobook was extremely entertaining and well-read. I laughed and cried and had all of the emotions while listening to it.

If you love to listen to the “behind the scenes” stories of how movies are made, or just love The Princess Bride you will love As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from Making the Princess Bride.

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