Honestly, one of the best books I've ever read/listened to! I started listening to the book before I actually got the hardback for Christmas. And listHonestly, one of the best books I've ever read/listened to! I started listening to the book before I actually got the hardback for Christmas. And listening to it is such a rewarding experience. I highly recommend anyone interested in this book to either get it from Audible or pick up the audiobook on CD because it is well worth for the narration done by Cary Elwes and for the guest narrators who are cast and crew from the film, The Princess Bride.
As for the book itself, I enjoyed it immensely. It's a memoir told from Cary's (who played Westley in the movie) point of view about his experience working on The Princess Bride. There are a lot of classic lines, classic stories, moments on set, a lot of behind the stuff that was even shocking to me as an avid fan of the film.
Basically, if you love The Princess Bride you'll love this book. If you're into memoirs and behind the scenes work on film you'll also love this book. Even people who have no idea what The Princess Bride is about will love this book (partly because Cary gives an apt description of the movie at one point for anyone who is not familiar with the story). One thing I will say is after reading this book if you haven't seen the movie yet, it'll make you want to watch it. If you are a fan of the movie this book will make you want to watch it again just to pick up on all the little things that are discussed in the book about the process. ...more
This was actually one of my first audible audiobooks that I listened to (for Tom Mison's narration). I knew the basic story of what was going to happeThis was actually one of my first audible audiobooks that I listened to (for Tom Mison's narration). I knew the basic story of what was going to happen, but had never actually sat down to read (or listen) to this story before. As expected from a novel written in the eighteenth century the language was really different and not necessarily dense, but more unfamiliar. Like with any classic there's going to be a bit of a language barrier. I enjoyed Tom's reading especially when he said amusing words. My biggest problem was probably that it was mostly narration and not a lot of dialogue. There was a lot of description but not very much interaction between characters, if any. It kind of threw me off because I felt like an outsider into the story and not actually part of it. I think that was the most frustrating part of it. The story itself is very good and I love the plot, but I was not terribly fond of the writing format....more
So I started this book in July and JUST finished it now. It's a long read, but very enjoyable. Filled with historical tidbits, characters to whom youSo I started this book in July and JUST finished it now. It's a long read, but very enjoyable. Filled with historical tidbits, characters to whom you become attached, and a great story. Parts of the book were a little *too* detailed for me but in general, I liked it. I honestly wasn't sure how it would end and whether Claire would return back through the stones or not. ...more