If you’ve never heard of the The Princess Bride, I don’t know where you’ve been. I, like most, I’m sure, was first introduced to ThePrincess Bride in movie form. In fact, it is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve had the unfortunate luck however, that I’ve bought the movie on DVD four times over the course of several years, and each time, the DVD works only part of the way through the movie. What in the world? What does the universe have against me finishing this movie?! I think the time has come for me to purchase a digital copy of the movie.
So anyway, I love this story! When I discovered the audiobook version of the story on the Libby app, it was a no-brainer – I had to listen to it. I started listening to it on the way to work the other day, but I was having so much fun, that I had to listen to it with the kids. Of course, I promised them that when we were done listening to the story (which is only about three hours), that we would watch movie.
Buttercup is a simple girl. She is the daughter of a cattle farmer. Wesley is a simple boy. He works for the farmer, feeding the cattle and tending to the chores around the farm. At first, Buttercup just orders “Farm Boy” around. Wesley always complies and replies with, “As you wish.” This goes on day after day for years. One day, a nobleman and his wife visit the farm, asking questions about how they raise such wonderful cattle. The nobleman’s wife appears smitten with Wesley, and it’s this that causes Buttercup to realize her feelings for Wesley. Unfortunately, Wesley decides to leave the farm shortly thereafter. Then Buttercup hears that the ship Wesley was traveling on was captured by pirates, but not just any pirates – the Dread Pirate Roberts who leaves no survivors. Assuming Wesley has met an untimely end, Buttercup falls into a deep sadness. However, because of her great beauty, Prince Humperdinck asked her to marry him.
The rest of the story is filled with sword fights and torture, giants and geniuses, and true love like you’ve never read before.
If you’ve never read this story before, look for William Goldman’s abridged version of the S. Morgenstern classic. He has expertly shortened the story so that only the good parts are left. The story is safe for and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.