Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes & Joe Layden

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Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes & Joe LaydenAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden
Narrator: Andy Scheinman, Carol Kane, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Normal Lear, Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, William Goldman
Length: 7 hrs, 1 min
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 14, 2014
Genres: Memoir
Format: Audiobook
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four-half-stars

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.

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You know how, even though logically you know it’s ridiculous, you have a special love for your birth month or birth stone? OBVIOUSLY, the month in which you were born is a month in which great things happen. Solely because you were born then. Well, I have always been immensely thrilled that a couple of my very favorite movies were released during my birth year, as though somehow that made them even more mine. The Princess Bride was one of those movies (along with A Room with a View, my favorite of the last 8 years or so). The Princess Bride was, without doubt, my favorite childhood film, and Westley was my very first love. This book was impossible for me to ignore.

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I’m going to try to step out of that for a moment and look at this book semi-objectively. In terms of writing quality and stuff like that, I doubt it’s one of the strongest things ever. It also was overwhelmingly positive. That might be accurate, but I also sort of doubt that the making of The Princess Bride was as fairy tale wonderful as described. Perhaps it was or maybe it was sanitized for a more romantic presentation. Prepare for endless praise of everyone’s talents. Either way, if you’re looking for tales of Hollywood scandal, this is the wrong memoir.

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Setting objectivity aside, I fucking loved this book. As I said, I’m a major fangirl for this movie, and I’m the dorky girl who quotes lines from it regularly in conversations not about The Princess Bride. I also can’t watch it with people who don’t like talking during movies, because I WILL be dramatically speaking pretty much every line. Silence is completely not an option. Any chance to listen to Cary Elwes speaking is a chance that I will take. Oh, my sweet Westley.

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For the true fan, Elwes goes into too much detail of what the movie is about. Let’s be real, almost all people who have an interest in this audiobook already know the plot and cast of the movie in detail. However, it’s well worth sitting through that to learn interesting facts about the filming of the movie. Wallace Shawn’s contributions about how much he felt inadequate in the role, when he was obviously so perfect, were some of the most enlightening and negative comments in the book. The whole ordeal in which Cary injured himself in a stupid accident is delightful, and I’ll be watching for the tell-tale signs they mentioned when I rewatch The Princess Bride soon. Then there’s the incredibly emotional story that Mandy Patinkin shares about he got into the role of Inigo. MY FEELS.

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I got sort of disgustingly emotional listening to this audiobook. It’s so great that they got many of the actors to comment and record their sections, though a couple could not be there to narrate. I’m sure that they must get sick of people quoting the movie sometimes, but they all obviously care enough to contribute to this project, and that really just destroys my fangirl heart in a good way.

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As You Wish has more information on an all-time favorite movie. What more can any fangirl desire? (Other than a time machine to take me back to hang out with a young Cary Elwes…ahem.)

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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5 responses to “Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes & Joe Layden”

  1. Heather says:

    Mawagge: that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam.

    I want to read this so badly!

  2. I have this book and it sounds like it’s going to be really great! But I’ve been contemplating trying to borrow a copy of the audio book because it seems like it will be so much better that way! Especially with the other characters narrating some parts of it! Great review 🙂
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  3. Oh yeah, this was a total favorite of mine when I was young. Everytime it was on TV, I was watching it. And I had such a huge crush on Cary Elwes. I don’t love the movie quite as much anymore. I mean, of course, I still love it, but gosh Buttercup is such a wimp, and it pisses me off. I wish she were a little more kick-butt, and that’s not something I usually wish for.

    I definitely need to listen to this. And maybe watch the movie, again. 🙂
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  4. Angela says:

    I don’t usually go for the audiobook over the e- or physical book, but with some of the actors reading their own sections – it makes me want to.

    How can I resist.

    I also doubt it was as fairy-tale-wonderful as this book apparently makes it seem, but time erases a lot of little annoyances, so I can easily believe that glossing over those things is unintentional.
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