First, may I say that The Princess Bride is one of my very favorite movies of all time. I can't remember where I was when I first saw it, but I know that I loved it. My husband and I both have used lines from this movie for many years and our daughter could quote from it before she even knew what she was quoting. Listening to this book read with Cary Elwes' familiar "Westley" voice was marvelous. I had such a good time. Elwes shares many behind the scenes stories involving virtually all of the cast. He was only 23 when he got the part of Westley and had no idea that almost 30 years later, it would be his best known character.
From reading this book, it seems that the cast and crew had a great time and many were already fans of William Goldman's book, The Princess Bride, which he wrote for his daughters. Cary shares some lovely memories of Andre the Giant, of learning to fence and sword fight, being awed by Robin Wright's beauty (she was only 20 or so), laughing hysterically filming the scenes with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, and of developing such a respect for all the other cast and crew, notably Rob Reiner, the director.
If you are a fan of The Princess Bride, pick up this book and read it. Better yet, listen to it. It's only 7 or 8 hours long. You'll get to hear many of your favorite lines shared, find out how the crew managed to get Andre on a horse (he was 7ft 4in), and just really have a fun experience. It definitely made me want to plan to watch the movie again very soon, and I think I bored my husband silly telling him, "Listen to this, listen to this...".
I leave you with a few of my favorite lines:
Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.
He's only mostly dead.
They're kissing again. Do we have to read the kissing parts?
Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!
As you wish.......