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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son Audiobook

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

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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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    Joan C. Kelly Show Low, AZ 12-24-12
    Joan C. Kelly Show Low, AZ 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Emelio needs to speak slower.


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

    No, as it is too long for me to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting adventures for a father and son, especially two who are so famous; lessons for other fathers and sons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GINA ORANGE, CA, United States 07-05-12
    GINA ORANGE, CA, United States 07-05-12
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    "I would love to be adopted by this family!"
    What did you love best about Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love them both, but I would have to say Emilio as I find myself similar to him in a lot of ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stood out more than any other - they all were great!


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

    A special bond? I don't know


    Any additional comments?

    A 10!!!

    3 of 4 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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marin Todorov 04-15-14
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    "Enchanting story of a father and son along the way"
    What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

    Truly inspiring book. Very captivating narrative. I admit a shed a tear or two while listening. I recommend this book with all my heart


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14
    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Eh?"
    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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".

    2 of 3 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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    Cris 09-23-16
    Cris 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Moving"

    This was a very good listen and was made more interesting being told by the people themselves. It really makes you respect what they've accomplished and also makes you think about your own family relationships.

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    James M. Patton 08-17-16

    Jim Patton

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    "Enjoyable overall but a few areas drag."
    What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

    The last two hours of the book really capture the story and heart of the book. It was great the Sheen and Estevez read the book themselves. Overall, a great history of 2 great actors and of a great family.


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

    Yes, I enjoyed most of the pace and story.


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

    I love how authors that read their own books can put emphasis where they intended, and few authors can do that better than Martin Sheen. Emilio Estevez does a fine job as well.


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

    The good parts, yes. It becomes very addictive the further into the book you get. As with many books, this one could have used an editor with no vested interest in the book that could have pointed out areas that are belabored. All in all a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    As with many books, this one could have used an editor with no vested interest in the book that could have pointed out areas that are belabored. All in all a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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