In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.
At 21, still a struggling actor living hand to mouth, Martin and his wife, Janet, welcomed their firstborn, Emilio, an experience of profound joy for the young couple, who soon had three more children: Ramon, Charlie, and Rene. As Martin’s career moved from stage to screen, the family moved from New York City to Malibu, while traveling together to film locations around the world, from Mexico for Catch-22 to Colorado for Badlands to the Philippines for the legendary Apocalypse Now shoot.
As the firstborn, Emilio had a special relationship with Martin: They often mirrored each other’s passions and sometimes clashed in their differences. After Martin and Emilio traveled together to India for the movie Gandhi, each felt the beginnings of a spiritual awakening that soon led Martin back to his Catholic roots, and eventually led both men to Spain, from where Martin’s father had emigrated to the United States.
Along the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path, Emilio directed Martin in their acclaimed film, The Way, bringing three generations of Estevez men together in the region of Spain where Martin’s father was born, and near where Emilio’s own son had moved to marry and live.
With vivid, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of this multitalented father’s and son’s work with other notable actors and directors, Along the Way is a striking, stirring, funny story—a family saga that listeners will recognize as universal in its rebellions and regrets, aspirations and triumphs. Strikingly candid, searchingly honest, and full of the immediacy and warmth that can only be added by the authors reading their story in their own voices, this heartfelt portrait reveals two strong-minded, admirable men of many important roles, perhaps the greatest of which are as father and son.
©2012 Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely. I don't usually write reviews, but I was so moved by the experience of this book that I wanted to share it. I loved hearing the stories from the actors' in their own voices. I especially recommend this book to men, both fathers and sons. It's an amazing snapshot of one father and son relationship that also has universal meaning.
The first person narrative, and the fact that sometimes both Emilio and Martin recounted the same events and each offered his own perspective and emotions about what had happened.
Everything. They were both awesome. If you're a fan of either actor, you will LOVE this. And if you're not a fan now, I think you will be after you listen to this. They were both extremely honest and direct about a lot of things, even if some of the stories they told were not particularly flattering to one or the other, or both of them. This is no vanity piece, and I really admired that about it.
Both. This book was extremely moving to me, without being sappy, and not a laugh riot,but also charming and very funny in places.
Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen's 2009 movie, The Way, serves as kind of a backdrop to the book, although the story is mostly chronological and starts much earlier. I had not yet seen the movie when I read/listened to the book and wished I had seen it, for my enjoyment of both the book and the movie, but the book can stand on its own, as well.
I became interested in the book because I am a huge fan of Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. It was very interesting to find out about their lives and the making of the movie "the way".
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. But you have to get over the cliches. Every sentence is over-written and made me cringe. But I just kept in my mind that these are not book authors. I just wish that their memoirist would have guarded them against dramatizing each and every sentence. I just wanted to learn more about them. But I felt many times that I was reading an over-written play.
Oh goodness no. If it was a movie, imagine the dramatic rises and swells in the music, for every sentence. Every utterance was dramatic and important. Gads.
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
Nice book. Pleasant enough. No mention of the Mighty Ducks but the Appcalypse Now chapters most interesting out of the lot.
I bought this on a whim, usually using audible for business or sports downloads. However, I found it fascinating. Sometimes I suspect it is a bit sanitised and thoughts are stated with the benefit of hindsight, but I found it thoroughly fascinating. I suprised myself that after a while I was more interested in Emilio's sections but all was totally absorbing.
If I had to be critical then I would say that I was slightly disappointed that there was not anything about Martin Sheen's time fiming The West Wing. But the book is about the relationship between father and son so maybe nothing interesting was happening at this time!
I would probaby give this book a 4.5 stars but as that is not an option I'd rather round up than down. In my opinion this audible book is well worth a listen.
"Honest and Personal"
I found this to be honest and quietly inspirational. Thank you x
"Beautiful Audio Book"
Beautiful Audio Book on a turbulent but loving father and son relationship. So much depth and heartfelt emotion went in to this book. Highly recommended.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to and I listen a lot! Fascinating and incisive, the story is told with humour and absolute honesty!
Both father and son pull their audience into their account of their lives - so interesting to hear two sides of the same story. They are both actors - they know how to deliver their narrative with humour and intertest in their voices.
I can't recommend this highly enough
It is a double memoir - I like them both equally
"Actor's tales to tell"
This is a great listen and having the narration split between father and son gave the book a depth and the real feeling of the relationship between these two men.
The book chronicles the experience of working on the film 'The Way' directed by Emilio Estevez and staring his father Martin Sheen. As a film fan i was very interested in the behind the scenes aspects of the book. But this is so much more then that, as the family ties are tested through their working relationship.
This is the first audio work i have had a chance to listen by ether of these performer's. But as a big fan for their work and having really enjoyed the film 'The Way', it was a joy to hear the two men at the centre of the production talking about it. I'm not sure that i would have had the same experience reading the book for myself.
I went away from this experience having laughed, cried and with regained appreciation for the bond between father and son who love each other.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves the process of movie making and or just want to feel good about the relationship between fathers and sons.
"A wonderful book about a father & son."
This book is a wonderful read about the personal and professional relationships between father and son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.
It follows their life and careers as they recall stories of the highs and lows with some very entertaining moments along the way.
The only omission is there's no talk about Martin's role as Jed Bartlet in 'The West Wing' but there is certainly enough here to make it worth your while, from Martin's early life growing up and becoming a father to onset stories about the famous filming of 'Apocalypse Now' to their most recent collaboration 'The Way'
This book comes to life having these two men reading it, it's simply a must read for anyone with an interest in them or their work.
"A different approach"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I seem to be listening to a lot of autobiographies, but this one was slightly different. As a mother it was interesting to hear about the father/son dynamic and I will be recommending this to my husband. A bit sentimental at times, but I think that is due to the natural personality of the authors and I found them both very likeable, honest and endearing characters. I think I am going to have to watch the film now!
"Excellent relationship narration"
Very good book. explains bond between father and son. didn't feel like stopping in the middle.
"A must to listen to"
This audio book is a must to listen to,a great insight into the estevez family.
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