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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sandy CLEBURNE, TX, United States 02-11-13
    Sandy CLEBURNE, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    I enjoyed this book so much being a fan of the family thinking I knew them, so much information, love, tragedy. I learned a lot and enjoyed the ride. Looking forward to seeing many of this films I have missed along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Myra Pasco, WA, USA 02-07-13
    Myra Pasco, WA, USA 02-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful family story"
    Where does Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among other autobiographies I would rank this book in the top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that they were honest about their story even when it might have been uncomfortable to do so.


    Did Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes and I appreciated how they remembered things differently.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, actually it is better to take it in pieces. You don't want to listen to your uncle tell you his entire life story in one sitting do you?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-13-13
    Anne Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Got up all night listening to this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez make good story tellers


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

    no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Along the way is a good title, because it's stories along the way


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne D'bourget Portland, ME United States 06-24-12
    Suzanne D'bourget Portland, ME United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Beautiful story"

    This was such a beautiful and beautifully done story! I looked forward to listening yet tried to mete it out so that it would not be done too quickly. Unlike many celebrity books, it felt like a real life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm 03-19-15
    bookworm 03-19-15

    I only like to read n0n-fiction. Bio's memoirs, true crime, profiling, History of wars. I'm interested in the truth of things.

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    What did you love best about Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    The father and son


    What did you like best about this story?

    honest and written well


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

    themselves


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

    it was all good


    Any additional comments?

    If there was a bit more editing, the story would have moved along a bit faster. It did drag in parts but the book was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14
    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because it was hard to listen to. The story didn't really keep my attention.


    What three words best describe Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s voice?

    Emilio is a pretty good nararator but this is the second book that I've gotten with Martin Sheen reading and he is an awful nararator. I can't stand the way he reads and his emotions seem impersonal.


    Do you think Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No the story was decent but I can't see myself listening to a follow-up even if they wrote it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Okmulgee, OK, United States 10-25-13
    Tonya Okmulgee, OK, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Hate to read but have enjoyed listening to books.

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    "It was a decent book"
    Would you recommend Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was just okay, some parts were a little boring to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting story and gave some good insights.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 07-02-13
    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 07-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Over written."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Could you see Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to be better than the print version?

    no


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the movie and this just gave a lot of background as to why the movie worked.


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

    neithe


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

    smile


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 01-31-13
    Carol 01-31-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Interesting Peek Behind the Curtain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, it's not a great book, but it is interesting and entertaining. Emilio and Martin share rich stories of childhood and growth, and I have a greater appreciation for them as people than I did before.


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

    I wanted to compare it to Rob Lowe's autobiography, but it's not quite as personal or gripping as his.


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

    Martin's father


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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