Saturday, May 02, 2015

What We're Listening to...As You Wish!


When I saw that Cary Elwes had written a book about the making of The Princess Bride, I knew two things. First, I would have to read it; second, if the audio book was read by Cary Elwes, then this would be a book that I would prefer to listen to! I chose to use our Axis360 downloadable audio of the book.

For its many fans, The Princess Bride is one of those perfect films that can be watched any time, anywhere--and if you happen upon it on TV, you know you are watching it from that point forward.

In my opinion, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, much like both the William Goldman novel (read it if you haven't yet done so!) and the movie, can do no wrong. Witty and fun, the book reveals many behind the scenes tales, including the moment when Elwes first learned he got the career-establishing role of Wesley; the generous nature and appetites of Andre the Giant; competitive swordplay training with Mandy Patinkin; and just how difficult it was to be "mostly dead" while Billy Crystal was throwing out extremely funny ad-libs. Mix in occasional remembrances from the many others involved in the making of The Princess Bride, all narrated by Elwes in his wonderful British accent, and I had a thoroughly grand time with As You Wish.

Burbank Public Library also owns this book in both print and audio CD formats.

If you are a fan of The Princess Bride, seek out this title; to do otherwise would be inconceivable!

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