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The Princess Bride Audiobook

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Review #1

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William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride” is more than just an engaging narrative; it’s an innovative feat in the literary world. Instead of simply spinning a tale, Goldman crafts an entirely new genre by breaking the ‘fourth wall’ and directly conversing with the reader. He presents the narrative as a cherished story his father once read to him, but he doesn’t stop there. The tale is purported to be based on real events from a still-existing fictional land, originally penned by another author whose work Goldman claims to have abridged, removing unnecessary details like lengthy descriptions of trees. Goldman even adds meta-commentary about the original author’s estate preferring Stephen King for a sequel. Continually setting up intricate, almost insurmountable challenges, Goldman skillfully navigates through them, making the book an absolute delight to read.

Review #2

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The key distinction to make is that the book and the movie are two different animals. This isn’t a “the book is better” critique; the film has its own merits and wholesomeness. The movie gives us the charming frame story of a grandfather narrating a tale of adventure to his ailing grandson, evoking a sense of sweetness and nostalgia.

On the other hand, the book employs a more complicated and less endearing frame narrative. Here, the author himself interjects, mulling over infidelity and expressing frustration when his son doesn’t comprehend a book that holds sentimental value for him—though he never actually read it himself. The book humorously but unsettlingly associates ‘fat’ and ‘dumb,’ adding a layer of complexity that’s decidedly not “sweet and adorable.”

The core story is what Goldman recalls his father reading to him as a child. After his son’s failure to appreciate the book, Goldman reads it himself and realizes that his father’s version was radically different. It’s ambiguous whether his dad was creatively adapting the “original” tale or inventing it from scratch. Upon my first reading, I even suspected that his father might have been illiterate and fabricating the story to conceal this, although I was less sure upon a second reading.

The book starts off incredibly entertaining, but loses some steam when delving into the stories of characters like Inigo and Fezik, adopting a more somber tone. It regains momentum but never quite recaptures the initial joyous spirit. Ultimately, Goldman’s own cynicism prevents him from fully embracing a “happily ever after” ending, but he also can’t bring himself to ruin his characters. It’s a delicate balance that you’ll fully grasp only by reading the book.

In summary, the book is a must-read, but be prepared for a tonal shift towards melancholy in the final third and don’t expect the sweetness portrayed in the film.

Review #3

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I’ve been a longtime fan of the movie and finally decided to pick up the book. I’m happy I did, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t a children’s story. While the film is more kid-friendly, it has its own intense moments like the Fire Swamp creatures and Westley’s torture. The book takes it a step further with several darker, more disturbing scenes.

Initially, I was puzzled by the claim that Goldman had abridged the book from a classic by S. Morgenstern. The text is punctuated with two introductions and ongoing commentary where Goldman discusses his travels to Florin for research and explains why certain elements were omitted from the “original” text. But here’s the catch: it’s all made up. That’s Goldman’s genius. There’s no original classic, no S. Morgenstern, and no real country of Florin. The meta-narrative is as cheekily entertaining as the story itself, aside from the unsettling dark portions that I found too intense.

The book even includes a brief “excerpt” from the unfinished sequel, “Buttercup’s Baby,” which ends on a cliffhanger. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of this add-on because it felt darker and incomplete. Much of the book—and indeed, the movie—is clever and the dialogue is snappy. I just wish Goldman had steered clear of the more grim aspects in his storytelling.

Review #4

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever found joy in the movie. The book is fantastic in its own right, but be prepared to engage your imagination, as this fairytale is far from ordinary.

Review #5

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The Princess Bride” is a cultural touchstone, a story that resonates even if you haven’t read it, thanks to its widespread influence. The book starts off strong, serving as a fairy tale for adults, complete with a stunning heroine, a capable hero, treacherous villains, pirates, and swashbuckling adventures. When Buttercup, the world’s most beautiful woman, believes her true love Westley has died, she reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck to avoid death. Her life takes another twist when she’s abducted by a quirky trio and subsequently rescued by a masked stranger.

Goldman’s writing style is engaging, featuring plenty of side comments and ‘fourth wall’ breaks. He humorously presents the book as an abridged version of a more extensive, duller work, allowing for self-satire that is both clever and entertaining. Characters like Fezzik and Montoya add complexity—they are not inherently evil, just misunderstood.

However, the story takes a darker turn as it progresses, delving into torture and even mentioning suicide. This shift was unexpected for me, as I prefer my fantasies to be lighter and more escapist. The story seems to lose momentum in the latter half, just when the stakes should be highest. While the tale leans into its fairy tale roots and clichés, the traditional gender roles grated on me a bit. Buttercup’s beauty is her defining feature, while Westley seems impossibly proficient at everything.

My primary gripe lies with the ending, which felt fragmented and unsatisfying. Goldman introduces elements from an unfinished sequel, leaving readers puzzled and discontent. This was a disappointing conclusion to a story that had started off so promisingly.

Despite these criticisms, “The Princess Bride” remains a classic, a book that many feel is a must-read. The initial segments are particularly enjoyable. My advice to future readers would be to consider stopping after the main story concludes, bypassing the final portion. Doing so might leave you with a more favorable impression than the one I was left with.

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