I'm still listening to this book, but I already know I will recommend it to others. It would be a great gift for someone on Father's Day. The relationship between Martin and Emilio isn't perfect, but touching and inspiring in it's honesty and sincerity. The stories they tell are interesting, and have kept me entertained along my long commute. I am happy to get back into the car each time to hear what is coming next.
The retelling of the filming of Martin's character Tom jumping into the river was fabulous. Of course I was also waiting anxiously to hear about the filming of Apocalypse Now and that didn't disappoint.
I agree with the other comments about the editing. There are numerous places where a few words or a whole sentence is repeated. "Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents... Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents..." At first I thought it might be purposeful to emphasize a point, but then the second and third time it was obviously a mistake. I would have wondered if it were my device, but others are reporting it also. FIX IT!
I should also say that without a fix, although it's distracting, it's not so bad that I would avoid the book all together. It should be fixed, however, as it just doesn't seem appropriate to have something out there that needs editing. It's a shame to have such a great performance scared in that way.
I haven't read the print version, but since Martin and Emilio narrated it themselves, it made it much more meaningful (and that was the primary reason I bought the audiobook)
Loved hearing about the early days of both Martin and Emilio - I had no idea about their younger years
Great to hear it in their own voices. Please note that there is no "gossip" in this book (no wild stories about Charlie Sheen, etc).
Not an extreme reaction, but a better understanding of these two and their outlook and relationship - very interesting and thoughtful
Agree with other reviewers that the audio quality was only adequate/kind of poor (several spots where lines were repeated, wish there would have been a pause at the end of the book, etc).
Yes. I enjoyed the story and the strong feeling of family. Often we feel that celebrities are brats but I felt that these two men were honest, hard working guys who were very dedicated to strong family values.
The story was told well enough by both parties but the editing of the audio production was very poor. There were countless times when lines were repeated throughout the story telling which really interrupted the flow and enjoyment of the book. Don't you have "Proof Listeners"? The story telling encouraged me to go out and buy the video of The Way ... and I'm probably seriously considering undertaking The Pilgrimage next year.
What a captivating listen! And a joy to listen in on a father and son journey that is told in such a courageously honest and captivating way. A treat to hear the same event told from each other's perspective. And inspiring to hear from two men in the public eye who struggle to conduct themselves with honour and integrity in our times, when it is often easier and more lucrative to do otherwise. Many thanks for a great piece of work that I enjoyed immensely.
Film and music enthusiast who also likes audiobooks and coffee.
One of my favorite biographies in audiobook format. Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez both tell their journey through life and both have truly inspiring and truthful words to say. I have always admired Martin Sheen as an actor, but after hearing this audiobook I have great admiration for both him and his son as human beings.
After hearing this audiobook I watched the movie The Way directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen. I would recommend both this audiobook and the movie.
Say something about yourself!
One of my secret pleasures is the celebrity biography, and here we get two for the price of one. I've been a Martin Sheen fan from "The Final Countdown" when I was eleven to the President Bartlett on "The West Wing". Since I was a teenager in the eighties, I'm very familiar with the work of Emilio Estevez. I was impressed at how self-aware these guys are, and their love for each other is obviously strong. I've seen a lot of criticism about the spiritual aspects (or not) of the book, but that's really not a big part of it. It's mostly a (surprisingly earnest) memoir by two actors about their careers and growing as father and son.
Yes I would but I usually only read books once but maybe in time I would again
Rob Lowe's "Stories I only tell my friends" although his is not with his family it is about the same era and times.
I love the way they sound so much alike at times it is like the same person reading the book all the way through....I do think Martin Sheen should do more books I enjoy the way he reads
There were quite a few and from both of them
If you love memoirs this is definitely one you should read
I always liked the Estevez family, Emilio in particular, and learned a lot about them in this book. This is an honest, often raw, account of their family life over the years, and it makes me appreciate them so much more. They are just a normal family with a lot of the same ups and downs as everyone else. I was left feeling like we were almost friends, who had a deep conversation over dinner and some Pinot. It is definitely worth the listen.
I think anytime you have the opportunity to listen to an autobiography from the author(s) themselves it adds to the intimacy of the story.
I was touched by their raw honesty and the candid portrayal of the complexity of their relationship. I was most struck by Mr. Sheen's personal journey and growth and WHAT A SPECTACULAR WIFE he is married to...she is clearly the glue of their family!!!
I generally listen to audio books while walking the dog and enjoying the peacefulness of the outdoors.
I have to admit that I had not heard of the movie The Way prior to listening to this audio book but I made a point of watching while I was still in the middle of the book. It was an enjoyable movie and made more meaningful with the "behind the scene" commentary by both Martin and Emilio. I will also make a point of watching Apocalypse Now.
Lastly, hearing of the vineyards in Emilio's back yard, I want to get my hands on a bottle of his Pinot Noir!!! ;)
Very well written and informative. Great getting perspective from both sides. I loved that they both narrated their own portions. I very much enjoyed this book. I felt drawn into their story and enjoyed the ride!