• The Princess Bride

  • By: William Goldman
  • Narrated by: Rob Reiner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (1,638 ratings)

Regular price: $7.95

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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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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Herndon on 06-10-07

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By RAS on 10-21-10

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By a burnett on 03-09-17

A poor adaption of my favourite book

What would have made The Princess Bride better?

A second narrator to do William's comments so they could be included in the story and have the full unabridged version.

What was most disappointing about William Goldman’s story?

It has been cut way too much. The first part about his childhood, trying to get a copy for his son and his decision to rewrite it didn't make you believe the book exists and meant so much to him as it was cut down to a couple of paragraphs. The whole point of the book is lost and all that remains is a story that feels like it was written by some one that has seen the film.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointing

Any additional comments?

The Princess bride is my favourite book. Whenever I travel I take it with me. I have read it dozens of times and owned several copies through the years. This version has had the life taken out of it. It has been abridged to a point where the story doesn't flow, the humour has gone and some of the best bits have been left out. I haven't been able to listen to it all as I would rather read it or watch the film to get a quick fix. The price is too high for the version you get. This was my first audio book and will probably be my last if it is anything to go by. Read the book it is so entertaining. I have even purchased it on Play books and have the book read out by an electronic voice. It sounds bad but it is the full version and cost the same so I can actually read it if I get fed up with the voice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jenni on 06-21-16

love it

I really love this film, and I thought that I would give a go at listening to the book. It was really good! very funny and easy to listen to :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura F McVeigh on 06-27-18

Favourite book ever... well, parts of it

The Princess Bride had been my favourite book for 20+ years ago I was thrilled to discover another way to connect with it. I didn't realise it was abridged, I should have checked! Everytime something was skipped from the story, it must made me sadder. Hopefully a complete version will be released one day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-04-18

First Pick

first audio book and I'm glad it was this book. a fun and easy listing story

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