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Author: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden Narrator: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781442383463
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A tender, comical behind-the-scenes look at the 1987 classic.”

    Us Weekly

  • “Cary Elwes’ book recounts the wacky antics of Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, and others behind The Princess Bride…[A] delightful remembrance of the three months he spent making the unsung movie that went on to become a family classic.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Filled with fun tidbits from the cast about making a movie that became an unlikely classic.”

    Los Angeles Magazine

  • “[A] fascinating memoir…Cary Elwes has proved that he is as adept with the mighty pen as he is with the powerful sword…A treasure trove of fascinating behind-the-scenes accounts…As You Wish is thoughtfully and seamlessly compiled.”

    New Orleans Living magazine

  • The Princess Bride achieved a certain cinematic magic, which Elwes (Westley) captures in his warm and revealing behind-the-scenes account.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Even if you don’t have a crush on Cary Elwes, you’ll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.”

    Library Journal

  • “For anyone who’s ever loved the movie The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes’ memoir of filming it is a must-listen…Recollections by director Rob Reiner and cast members Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, and others are interspersed, some read by the actors and the rest performed by Danny Burstein. But it’s Elwes’ reminiscences and behind-the-scenes stories—and his impressions of the other actors—that are the stars here. His posh British accent and clear admiration for his fellow actors and the movie itself make for a charming listen.”


  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 4/2/2018

    " This is a wonderfully candid recollection of the making of "The Princess Bride", not only by author Cary Elwes, but by almost all of the cast. Most of the actors narrate their own passages in this audiobook. Whether you're a die-hard fan of "the Princess Bride" or not, this book will make you happy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TheOptimisticPessimist | 4/16/2015

    " It was like enjoying the best dvd special features, being read to me in exquisite detail. After all, isn't the creation of art the best part? "

About the Author

Cary Elwes is a celebrated English actor who starred in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, he says, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family.

About the Narrators

Robin Wright, a global affairs correspondent for more than three decades, has reported from more than 130 countries on six continents, working for the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times of London, CBS News, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She also has been a commentator for news programs on the major US television networks and been published widely in American magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. In 2003, she became a regular panelist on the NBC program Meet the Press. Her reporting has earned many awards, including the United Nations Gold Medal for international reporting in 2003 and the 2001 Wintal Prize for most distinguished diplomatic reporting. Her books include The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran; Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam; In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade; and Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World, coauthored with Doyle McManus.

Carol Kane is an Emmy-winning American stage, screen, and television actress. She is known for her role on the television show Taxi and as Madame Morrible in the musical Wicked.

Norman Lear is the television producer of such groundbreaking sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude. He has received four Emmy awards, a Peabody, and the National Medal of Arts. As an advocate, Lear founded People for the American Way and supports First Amendment rights and other progressive causes.