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The Princess Bride | [William Goldman]

The Princess Bride

This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

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Publisher's Summary

This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

©1987 William Goldman; (P)1987 Dove Audio, Inc.

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    Allison canton, GA, USA 10-27-06
    Allison canton, GA, USA 10-27-06
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    "Abridged = buy the whole book instead"

    I really do love this book more than any other, but this audio verson is very much abridged and takes out a good portion of the book. Still enjoyable, but I would recommend reading the book in its entirety first.

    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 07-19-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Way Too Abridged"

    I didn't realize when I bought it that this version was abridged.
    It is the only copy I found on Audible.

    So much of the story has been cut that it lacks the feel of the original book. The story behind the book is that it is an adaptation of the "S. Morgenstern classic". Part of what is so enjoyable in reading the book is how the author/adapter intersperses his comments about the original text.
    In the unabridged book Goldman begins by giving a wandering backstory about his introduction to the S. Morgenstern classic. This audiobook almost entirely skips the book's intro and it seems almost unnecessary to mention it later on.
    The book not only refers to the bits of the "classic" that were "eliminated", the story itself meanders in funny ways around the main story, talking of Buttercup's beauty, the prince's failed engagement to a princess with many hats, etc.
    This audiobook has been cut (dare I say mutilated) so far that much of the humor is gone.
    Even an early exchange between Buttercup and her parents about hygiene has been cut so short as to be almost terse and straightforward rather than pointing out how dimwitted and dirty is our heroine and eliciting a few laughs.
    I guess the audiobook is a similar length to the movie, but it does not have the benefit of Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin (and visual effects). The reader would have done a fine job with this audiobook had he been given enough of it to read. Without the meat and flesh of the story, it is more like an oddly rushed reading of the movie script.

    Oh Audible, give me an unabridged version, please!





    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 08-07-07
    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 08-07-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't buy it"

    I love the book & the movie and was quite excited about listening to it as an audio book as well as sharing it with my son. Unfortunately the quality of the recording is so bad it's painful to listen to: You're limited to only very low quality downloads which are distorted, low level, and very harsh. I can only hope that eventually a better sound quality version (3 or 4) is going to be made available.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    J. Herndon Rockwall, TX United States 06-10-07
    J. Herndon Rockwall, TX United States 06-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Reservedly recommended"

    I'm a big fan of the book and film, which I've read at least twice and seen countless times. The audiobook released here is deeply flawed in that it's massively abridged (the Fire Swamp segment, for instance, only includes the ROUS) and in that the volume level is very low (okay to listen to at home but almost impossible in a car). But it's the Princess Bride! Read by Rob Reiner (he does a good job)! For the price, I'd recommend it with reservations. Don't use a credit on it. Buy it individually.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Mechanicsville, VA, USA 01-16-10
    Charlotte Mechanicsville, VA, USA 01-16-10
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    "I'm so sorry"

    I am an English teacher. I bought this audio version in order to avoid having to record the entire book for my eighth graders to read along with (in order to keep the class on the same page throughout). I was so disappointed that it has so much taken out of the original text. As for sound quality....dreadful! My husband is a recording engineer.... omg! We really could have done better recording it ourselves.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-21-10
    Rebecca 10-21-10

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    "Abridged version is lacking"

    Love this story. However, the abridged version loses so much of the humor you get from the unabridged version. It is not worth listening to the without all the build up and background details of the characters.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Camarillo, CA, United States 08-11-08
    Sharon Camarillo, CA, United States 08-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "This Rendition needs Updating"

    The Book is Great - the recording however is old sounding and muffled - bad quality. This version needs updating & remastering.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie San Jose, CA, United States 04-27-11
    Stephanie San Jose, CA, United States 04-27-11
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    "Really disappointed about the abridgement."

    As much as it is my own fault for not reading the description, I was really disappointed to find out about the abridgement *after* purchasing, and *after* gifting it to a friend.This abridgment basically (with a few exceptions) just turns the book back into the movie, and what's the point of that? Would love to find an unabridged reading, it's such a great book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Duffy St. John, VI Virgin Islands (U.S.) 09-10-08
    Eileen Duffy St. John, VI Virgin Islands (U.S.) 09-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor Audio quality"

    This is a wonderful story, if you could hear it. The audio quality is dreadful.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Todd tulsa, OK, USA 12-03-08
    Todd tulsa, OK, USA 12-03-08
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    "Amazing story, audio quality quite shoddy"

    The title says it. This reading from '87, really wish it was a clearer copy... worth getting if you just love the story, but keep in mind you'll have to EQ it before you can even really hear it well....

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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