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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son | [Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman]

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

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.
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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.

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    Alison Annandale, VA, United States 12-20-13
    Alison Annandale, VA, United States 12-20-13
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    "Compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. This book was extremely moving to me, without being sappy, and not a laugh riot,but also charming and very funny in places.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Gina 11-20-13
    Gina 11-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 11-11-13
    Bryan KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    It was a genuine true story that brings you into their family. Lets you live in the moments with them as they go thru time. Getting both views from father and son.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite as both were equally important, one without the other just would not work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me feel good and had me remembering my life with my father. Also being the same age as Emilio, I remember the events in history as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen P Gursey 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excelent read."
    Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

    Very private look into the lives of very public figures, with a lot of thoughtful insight. This book is narrated by Martin Sheen, and his first born son Emilio Estevez. Not only do they both have great voices for narration but they also lend the right emotions at the right time. Each one narrates his own part of the book going back and forth between the two giving the listener far differing viewpoints of the same periods of time.Emotionally charged at times, fun and interesting at other times this audio book lets you experience all of the the love and closeness this family has, from their roots in Spain and Ireland to the streets of New York, to California, India, Philippines, as Martin struggles on the edge of poverty to persist in his desire to become an acclaimed actor.
    I am glad I heard this audio book before I read the actual book because their voices lend a much more intimate and credible version. I would like to thank both of them for the incredibly interesting book and their wonderful performances. Thank you Audible for making it available to us.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 08-27-13
    Trish Virginia 08-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "A Very Enjoyable Memoir!!"

    I put this audiobook into my Wishlist as soon as it was released, having enjoyed both authors’ movie and TV work for many years. However, I recently stumbled upon the movie “The Way”, starring Martin and directed by Emilio, and wondered if the title of the book referred to the movie, or simply to the journey of Life. It was the very next book I chose to listen to--

    This is a very good, dual memoir. It is very well written and narrated. There are more in-depth stories and anecdotes about the early years, and it speeds through the later years, but it was interesting enough to hold my attention throughout. I love how the book progresses with Martin and Emilio writing/reading alternate chapters—and sometimes we have an overlap where both father and son relate the same story, usually from quite different perspectives, of course! It really did keep me interested and amused.

    Anecdotes about the movie “The Way” are included throughout this book. It ties many father/son experiences, philosophies, etc. together at various points. Since I enjoyed this movie so much, I was glad it was a part of the book. I highly recommend this memoir, and even more, the movie “The Way”. I'm very glad I found them both--

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 08-05-13
    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "All Along the Way and Every Way"

    Great depiction of both the history and the present with the family. The role reversal of father and son and some of the background also presents it's self in ways that were unexpected at times. As we all struggle and strive to make it better for our children, hearing some of those trials and tribulations makes one realize that we are all in the same path of life.

    I personally was very drawn to the movie made with Martin Sheen and the insights to this were both encouraging and moving. Well written and a nice reflection off of both father and son in a different way.

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    Deb 06-18-13
    Deb 06-18-13
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    "Well worth the time!"

    Not only is the story an interesting one, but the reading by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez is exceptionally enjoyable. I am so pleased to have purchased this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FatOldBroad 05-11-13
    FatOldBroad 05-11-13 Member Since 2015

    FatOldBroad...lover of mystery/thriller genre and biographies.

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    "Insight into father/son relationships"
    What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

    Being voiced by the authors. I enjoy hearing biographies in the subject's voice. The nuances in inflection often provide me with ideas or insights I might have otherwise missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The willingness of the authors to share the bad/difficult aspects of their relationship as well as the good times. It felt genuine to me.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

    Both. I knew more factual info on Martin/Ramon, but little about Emilio. I feel I learned about both men as people, and I like them both all the more for having read the book by hearing their voices tell their story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The parent/child struggles reminded me of my own life experiences that saddened me. I think most people can identify with those feelings. There were also many occasions that brought a smile as well. The road trip story reminded me of a few childhood vacations I experienced way back when, and gave me a warm feeling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wexford, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Amazon Customer Wexford, PA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Great stories and reflections told from the heart."
    Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

    Yes, I would.

    I have been a long time Martin Sheen fan, so I was happy to hear him and his son tell stories about their lives.This audio book also tells about the creative process and problems they had while filming the movie, "The Way." It caused me to rent the DVD, "The Way," and I fully enjoyed it knowing the creative process that went into it.


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    Kimberly J Fabre, DDS Bradenton, FL 03-01-13
    Kimberly J Fabre, DDS Bradenton, FL 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "So much more than a memoir of fame!"
    What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

    I love the movie "The Way" that Emilio and Martin made together...this book is a wonderful inside view of that journey...but so much more! It is a sharing of a truly unique and loving family that has not only survived Hollywood...but gained great wisdom that has enabled them to thrive in so many ways. Very inspiring!


    What other book might you compare Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to and why?

    The Camino by Shirley MacLaine. She also courageously bares her soul and shares her transformative life experiences and wisdom.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The commitment that Martin Sheen and his life-long marriage partner Janet Templeton have sustained in the raising of their four children and in the inclusion of their children's ex-spouses to create a strong sense of family for all their grandchildren. The sign on the entrance to their home reads something like..."All are welcome...leave your conflicts at the door." Bravo!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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