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.
Among other autobiographies I would rank this book in the top ten.
I liked the fact that they were honest about their story even when it might have been uncomfortable to do so.
Yes and I appreciated how they remembered things differently.
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?
yes, because Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez make good story tellers
Along the way is a good title, because it's stories along the way
I don't do a lot of print versions, mostly audiobooks. However, in this case, I think the print version might be better. The sound is poor, as there is a lot of echoing, and Emelio talks too fast, for me to enjoy his portion.
I didn't know they were so close, so it was good to find out about how much they have done together; perhaps Charlie is jealous of this relationship, thus his behavior.
Emelio needs to speak slower.
No, as it is too long for me to listen to in one sitting.
Interesting adventures for a father and son, especially two who are so famous; lessons for other fathers and sons.
I LOVE their relationship - good and bad & how they respect one another! I have read both of their books and have seen their movie and ADORE everything they do!
I love them both, but I would have to say Emilio as I find myself similar to him in a lot of ways.
Nothing really stood out more than any other - they all were great!
A special bond? I don't know
Truly inspiring book. Very captivating narrative. I admit a shed a tear or two while listening. I recommend this book with all my heart
No because it was hard to listen to. The story didn't really keep my attention.
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.
No the story was decent but I can't see myself listening to a follow-up even if they wrote it.
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.
A. L. Smith
A very intimate and heartwarming double biography. Highly recommended. "No one can live our lives for us or carry our burdens yet We can come to know ourselves only through our compassion for others."
If you're looking for interesting stories, they are here. But not necessarily the Hollywood gratuitous type. By all means there is Hollywood history here and the stories that go along with the making of this historic film or that. As well as stories of this famous person or that. But what this book ends up being is an honest journey of two generations of men and how they grow, learn, change, fight work and love. Not just between themselves but in their lives in general. It's beautiful to hear MARTIN SHEEN, so honestly talk about mistakes he made and the journey that brought him to a better place. But also it is beautiful to hear him speak of the things he did right and fought to keep his values when people around him thought he was "out there". Emilio speaks honestly as well of breaking away when he needed to and the love and pride he felt as well as the strength he finally realized his father possessed. Mr. Sheen talks lovingly about his father and makes us come to love him as well. And the sense of family and commitment and love in this book, not just between fathers and sons but friends and family and community are heartwarming and reassuring. There are enough terrifying stories in here to keep moths agape and enough stories of success and triumph and love to keep hearts warm and hopeful. I knew I liked and respected these two men's work. Now I know I like and respect these two men.
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