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As You Wish
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride | Cary Elwes, Joe Layden
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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, exclusive photographs, 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 never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
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wanderinglynn
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My #nfNov wrap-up as I don‘t think I‘ll get another one finished before midnight.

Tagged book was my fave and I gave 5 others 4. By my calculations, I ended with 169 points.

Many thanks to @rsteve388 & @Clwojick for hosting this awesome challenge. I‘m a mood reader & tend to reach for fiction books, so this was a good way to remind myself that non-fiction can be just as fun.

Clwojick Thank you for joining us! 1 pt. 1w
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Court7
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Almost as delightful as the movie who's making of it recounts!

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Addison_Reads
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For any fans of the book or movie, you will love this book. 💚 I had such a fun time listening to members of the cast talk about what it was like making this iconic movie. #NFNov

#TIL that the actors did their own stunts. Cary was the one who suggested to Reiner that Wesley should leap into the quicksand to save Buttercup. Rob was worried it was too risky, but Cary convinced him and it turned out great.

5+3+1=9pts @rsteve388 @Clwojick

wanderinglynn I just read this book too! Totally agree that it was an awesome read. 1mo
Readswithcoffee Agree. Definitely a fun audiobook. 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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If you loved the movie, Cary Elwes‘s memoir is a must read. ❤️❤️❤️ All the stars! ⭐️🌟💫

#TIL when Count Rugen hits Westley with the butt of his sword to knock Westley out, Cary really was accidentally knocked out & woke up in the emergency room. So that shot is 100% real! 😂

#nfNov book 2 finished!

UnabridgedPod I loved that (on audio, especially) so much. ❤️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I listened to this on audio a few months ago. It was AMAZING! And the bit about him breaking his toe...and the need for a Westley dummy in the Miracle Max scenes because he was laughing too much and couldn‘t act dead. 😂😂 I had to go back and watch the scenes that were mentioned! 1mo
wanderinglynn @UnabridgedPod I definitely want to listen to the audio version too. 1mo
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wanderinglynn @4thhouseontheleft Yes! So many great tidbits about the movie. I definitely want to go back and watch the scenes when he had the broken toe. And his memories about Andre ❤️❤️❤️. So much awesomeness. 1mo
UnabridgedPod @wanderinglynn Because of all of the voices, it is truly a unique experience. 1mo
rsteve388 9 pts interesting fact! 1mo
TheDaysGoBy I loved this on audio! I should honestly listen to it again - so enjoyable! Glad you liked it! 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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#TIL William Goldman, who not only wrote the book but also the screenplay for TPB, freaked out a few times during shooting, including the scene where Buttercup‘s dress catches fire during the fire swamp. Apparently, Bill missed the safety meeting & walked in at the wrong time. 😂

I‘m enjoying this book immensely. ❤️TPB❤️

#nfNov

Addison_Reads I'm listening to this one right now too and loving it so far. 1mo
Caterina 😂😂😂 1mo
rsteve388 4 pts! 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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#TIL #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

While listening to the tagged book today, I leaned that A Princess Bride was a movie that almost didn't get made. Several people and studios tried to make the movie without much success, but when Rob Reiner came along he was determined to see one of his favorite books come alive on the big screen no matter what it took.

rsteve388 4 pts! 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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2 great reads so far for #NFNov and 2 spots marked off my bingo card. 💜 I'll be starting the tagged book later today as my audiobook while working. Happy Reading Everyone!

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

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K.Wielechowski
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Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies. The book has been on my bookshelf for many years.
As You Wish is a wonderful way of looking at the movie from the point of view of the people who lovingly made it 30+ years ago. I laughed, I cried, I now have to watch the movie for the thousandth time.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff If you like audiobooks, you should really give this one a try too! He reads it himself. And most of the little side stories written by other people are read by them too! ❤️ 2mo
K.Wielechowski @chaoticgoodhufflepuff OMG now I have to listen to it!!! Thanks! 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff It is delightful! You can just hear the joy and love he has for this project in his voice! 2mo
K.Wielechowski Oh I bet! 2mo
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K.Wielechowski
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My best friend went to a screening of The Princess Bride with Cary Elwes a few years ago and brought me back an autographed copy. ♥️

chaoticgoodhufflepuff 😍😍😍 That must have been amazing! 2mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Thanks Toothless. I wasn‘t reading that at all. #catsandbooks

DrawingSustenance 😍😍😍 2mo
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Scochrane26
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For some reason, I wasn‘t very interested in this book until recently. I was reminded of it through Litsy, & I‘ve been searching for good audiobooks. This is a fun memoir & is great in audio format. Now, I‘m going to re-watch The Princess Bride. Inconceivable! @Clwojick #teamslaughter #scarathlon

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bookandbedandtea
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It seems inconceivable (🤣 I crack myself up!)- given how much I love this movie- but I just cannot get into this book. I guess memoirs are officially not a genre I enjoy and I just have to stop trying. Back this goes to the library.

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Scochrane26
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This doesn‘t fit our October theme, but i have been waiting on hold for a few weeks. With my new job, I‘m back to doing in-home work, which is how I started listening to audiobooks years ago. Cary elwes, Chris Sarandon, & Wallace Shawn will be at louisville, KY Galaxycon in nov. I‘ve met Wallace Shawn & seen Cary Elwes at other cons, but I‘m hoping they‘ll do a panel. @Clwojick #teamslaughter #scarathlon

Clwojick I had this downloaded a while back, but didn‘t end up listening to it before it was due back. Can‘t wait to see what you think of it. 2mo
kamoorephoto I love this book. One of my faves to go alongside Princess Bride. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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A delightful 🎧 book that every Princess Bride fan needs to read. Most of the cast that is still alive make an appearance on the audiobook, which made it even better!

The Princess Bride has long been one of my favorite 🎥, it was so much fun to dive back into that world.

#nonfiction2019 #uplifting

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Loved this book & audiobook! Those pops are adorable too! 3mo
AsYouWish I loved this book so much!!! I feel like I need to listen to the audiobook now to get the full experience. 3mo
Gissy Love those funkos😍 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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🎧 #audiowalk to the pool and I am torn between continuing to listen, and picking up my physical book. Gee, do I have some tough choices today. 😂

The bonus of the continuing 🥵 ☀️ September, extra pool days! #silverlining #IStillWantFallWeatherNow

LibrarianRyan Its so lucky the pool is still open. All the ones around here close after labor day weekend. Heck even most are drained. And it's 90F right now. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan This is the first year it is open this late! Our neighborhood is testing out a Swim at Your Own Risk set up, since all the lifeguards are back in school but it is stil SOOO hot. It‘s like I‘m at a resort, so peaceful! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I'm a lot Jelly as I sit here in my over air conditioned office. 😁 3mo
rustoryhuf Got in our pool yesterday and it was so warm. Usually my cut off date is late August, but with the hot weather here in GA, I‘m looking at a new record. 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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I could listen to Cary Elwes all day, and that‘s just what I might do tomorrow. 😂😍

Elwes could read appliance manuals, and I‘d probably still find it enchanting. Just his rattling off of the most well-known quotes at the beginning made me #laugh. Ahhh, nostalgia. #selfimprovementSept.

Ericalambbrown He‘s delightful! His turn on the show Psych was just wonderful as well. 3mo
SauerPatch @Ericalambbrown Psych!! 😃🍍 I‘m always so excited to find another fan of that show! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Ericalambbrown I‘ve seen a big chunk of his roles since the Princess Bride. I loved when he popped up on Stranger Things! 3mo
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Ericalambbrown @4thhouseontheleft me, too! (Though I kinda wanted to punch him in the face at times on that show! 🤣) 3mo
Ericalambbrown @SauerPatch I‘m a total Psych-O 🍍 If there‘s a Monk or Psych marathon, that‘s where the TV is parked while I do kitchen chores😊 3mo
Ericalambbrown But I gotta say, my first crush on him wasn‘t The Princess Bride. It was the year before when I was 13 and this came out: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0091374/ True love lasts a lifetime 🤣💕 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Ericalambbrown His character is terrible! I loved when Hopper went off on him. 😂 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ericalambbrown yes! I thought he was so cute in Lady Jane 😍 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I bet this is fabulous! 😊 3mo
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wideeyedreader
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#soulseptember This memoir details the production of the surprise #sweetsuccess that is The Princess Bride!

Eggs Love it!! 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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#selfimprovementsept #whatyoulove

I love that my library is very responsive to purchase requests. My library has this as an audiobook and physical book, but I have been wanting to listen to it on audio (because I could listen to Cary Elwes all day 😂). And they purchased it within a few days of me asking!

Other things I 💜: 📚🍫🧘‍♀️🥾🎃🕶🐰🦄🐈🌳🍟🍿🌯🍵🚴🏻‍♀️

LiteraryinLititz That‘s really awesome! 3mo
TheDaysGoBy Him narrating that book is everything. It was so enjoyable! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @LiteraryinLititz I have quite a number of audiobooks I want to listen to that my library doesn't have, I might get into the habit of suggesting one a month. 😃Following @clwojick has greatly expanded my audiobook TBR. 😂 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft @TheDaysGoBy It's next up in my #audiowalk queue, once I finish 3mo
Clwojick Hahah! Yeah, I have a bit of a mad obsession with them. I honestly can‘t clean without having my headphones in now. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s awesome!!! 📚🙌🏻 3mo
jillrhudy As electronic services librarian I pioneered this kind of form on our website rather than making patrons use paper! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 3mo
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Ifftay14
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I loved learning the behind the scenes stories about one of my favorite movies. “True wuv!”

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meganebcd
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So good! Had to immediately watch the film after completing the book. Recommend! ❤️ (audiobook is nearly perfect!)

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emz711
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Loving listening to the voices! Best way to listen to any celebrity written book.

Welcome and thanks for the add @theunnaturalsquare @laur89 @kramerh77

readingjedi Interesting tale: my mother was obsessed with the stately homes of the UK & one day dragged me to Haddon Hall ... on one of the days they were shooting there! 5mo
emz711 Anyone else love the movie? 5mo
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BookwormAHN
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Here are some pictures of Druzy to cheer you up @Clwojick
Also the tagged book As You Wish is a book by and narrated by Cary Elwes about The Princess Bride 😺
#petsandrecs

Crazeedi I had a kitty that looked like your sweet Druzy! 6mo
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍 She‘s so pretty! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
rretzler 😻 6mo
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Iceangel9
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My summer reading thus far.

emz711 So I'm listening to Cary Elwes on audiobook, are there places where he quotes other people too? 5mo
Iceangel9 On my audio version, some of the other actors read sections of the book. 5mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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1. Some of his stories about the Princess Bride made me lol
2. I‘m working from home today. Does that count? 😂
3. Italian maybe? I love pasta and pizza
4. Yes. Like 10 or so I think
5. Will do!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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wanderinglynn
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Got my #MayScavengerHunt TBR ready to go. I‘m just waiting on Paddington Bear to arrive (ordered it through PaperbackSwap).

Les Mis fits the most prompts & will be the hardest to get through in a month. 😂

CindyMyLifeIsLit As You Wish! I loved it!! ❤️❤️ 7mo
wanderinglynn @CindyMyLifeIsLit I love Cary Elwes & TPB, so I‘m looking forward to reading it! 7mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit You get all these amazing behind the scenes stories. No spoilers, but there is one that will compel you to rewatch the movie for THAT moment! You‘ll know it when you read it! 😂 7mo
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wanderinglynn @CindyMyLifeIsLit Now I really want to read it! 7mo
TheDaysGoBy @CindyMyLifeIsLit Agreed! And I loved listening to him read the audiobook as well. So fun! 7mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @TheDaysGoBy I listened to it, also. I was sold when I found it he was reading it himself, with narrations by the other actors. That English accent! *sighs dreamily* 7mo
TheDaysGoBy @CindyMyLifeIsLit Right? Love him! 7mo
wanderinglynn @TheDaysGoBy @CindyMyLifeIsLit He reads it himself? Then I‘m definitely going to have to get the audiobook too. 😉 (edited) 7mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Yes, and it also has parts with Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and others. It‘s great! 7mo
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Betterthanasharpstickintheeye

It‘s clear that everyone really loved the book The Princess Bride. I actually didn‘t care for the book but I love the movie.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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I'm excited for this one! 🤓 o

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goodbyefrancie
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This one is fun! I have a signed copy in my home library, too. Love #overdrive.

kamoorephoto Loved this book!!!! 10mo
GingerAntics Oh I loved this one!!! 10mo
ApplesandSpindles I listened to this audio and it was fun and sweet! 10mo
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Mindyrecycles
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I am completely charmed by this audiobook. I'm not normally a fan of numerous narrators but it really works here. Delightful!

Graywacke I liked this enough that seeing the cover put me in a good mood. Some wild little details in here, too. 13mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book. 13mo
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LaurenReads
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I love this movie so when I heard about the book by Cary Elwes about the making of it I had to read it - and then I listened to the #audiobook It was amazing, with great stories and comments from the cast. Now to go watch The Princess Bride again!! #theprincessbride #andrethegiant

kstadt929 I really enjoyed this book as well!! 13mo
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CrowCAH
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Started this audiobook today; love having Cary Elwes talk to me while I commute to work!

Thanks @VioletCavalier for the most inconceivable birthday present ever!!!

Valink I loved this audiobook! 14mo
TheDaysGoBy I loved this! Enjoy! 14mo
VioletCavalier 😁 14mo
VioletCavalier You are very welcome! 14mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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It's over! (sobs)

I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this story because although I love The Princess Bride film, I really had very little interest in the moviemaking process. What sold me was that Elwes was the narrator & I could listen to him read the dictionary for hours & still be entertained. I loved the behind the scenes stories & fell in love with the actors, especially Andre the Giant. Cary & other original voices really brought the story to life.

Butterflyamore I loved this book! 1y
Crystalblu Andre❤️😢 1y
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SkeletonKey
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This was a delightful book to listen to both because no one can match Cary Elwes‘s voice and because so many people were able to make guest appearances.

I think I liked the inside looks at André the Giant the best, he has always fascinated me as a person.

??? sigh.

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SkeletonKey
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I finished the World War Z audiobook and was quite happy that a funny one I‘ve been waiting for came in next. I‘ve wanted to listen to this for a while now! Glad to have something lighthearted now (hopefully).

#theprincessbride #filmgeek

4thhouseontheleft I have wanted to listen to this one for ages! I usually only borrow audiobooks through my library, and they don‘t have this on audio, which has been very frustrating! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s very good! Enjoy! 1y
SkeletonKey @4thhouseontheleft - My local library doesn‘t either, but I finally found it in the DC library collection! 1y
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keys_on_fire
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This audiobook was truly an enjoyable treat. I had read the book the year it came out, but only recently learned that the audio version was read by Cary AND a majority of the other actors read their own moments from the book. I listened to this book more quickly than any other. If you are a fan of The Princess Bride, you will adore this book. If you enjoy memoirs and author-read books, I believe you‘ll like this too!

Susanita Cary Elwes could read the phonebook and I‘d listen to him. 1y
keys_on_fire @Susanita Absolutely!! 😂😂❤️ 1y
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CrowCAH
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Not only did I get signatures, but pics with Kevin J. Anderson and Paige O‘Hara!

And attended the Q&A with Cary Elwes; my Dread Pirate Roberts! 😍☠️

Michigan ComicCon

Post three of three.

Leftcoastzen So cool! 1y
bookandcat BEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1y
bookandcat Also Cary Elwes is fantabulous. 1y
CrowCAH @Leftcoastzen I agree! 😁 @bookandcat Yes, super exciting!!! (edited) 1y
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chriss68
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I loved listening to Elwes' memories on one of my favorite movies.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Super fun and nostalgic look at the making of the princess bride. I loved the audiobook which got all the actors and production people to read their own memories.

keys_on_fire I bought this book when it came out but I‘m definitely going to need to listen to the audio version now! 1y
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quanners

It is “inconceivable” that anyone would not enjoy listening to this book! I enjoyed this as much as the book and the movie. To hear the narrative from the cast was a bonus.

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LeslieO
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I bought this when it first came out then let it sit on my shelf till now. On chapter two and love it already. Fulfills "A" in my #litsyatoz challenge.

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chriss68

Here's my closing survey for #reversereadathon.
1. Around 4 a.m. I just couldn't stay awake.
2. I finished "A Gathering of Shadows" and started "As You Wish" on audiobook.
3. Both are excellent.
4. I definitely would like to see another Reverse Readathon.
5. I will definitely participate in October.
@DeweysReadathon

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AsYouWish
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I love this book, so much! I found myself smiling like the little four year old I was when I first watched the movie. I knew a lot of the behind the scenes moments that happened, but reading it from the person who lived through it was amazing! I would give this book all the stars possible and then some. This is a must read for any fan of the movie.

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Aaronlisa
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I love The Princess Bride. This book is a nice story of how the movie was made.

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Sharpeipup
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Inconceivable!
My thoughts on accomplishing work during a holiday week. #audiobook #page2screen #memoir #readbyauthor

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jdenslow
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Light, entertaining, and remarkably sweet, this memoir of the making of "The Princess Bride" is a lovely cohort to the movie for anyone who has seen and loved it.

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jdenslow
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Some books lead you to other books; some lead you back to movies you've loved!

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danimgill
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The Princess Bride is a forever favorite movie of mine, and this audiobook (read by Carey Elwes himself with bits and pieces from all the surviving cast) was a super fun and nostalgic inside look at the making of said movie. I feel like a rewatch tonight is in order... pulled out my ten year old dvd copy just in case 😜

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danimgill
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I couldn‘t resist #audiowalking the hour to work today with this beautiful weather and Cary Elwes reminiscing in my ears! Happy Sunday all 🌻