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.
This is a fascinating book about family, love and keeping to your vision. It is not easy to raise a family and we learn another viewpoint from a garner and son. This book is full of wonderful and honest perspective. Would recommend to anyone. It is informative, entertaining. and insightful.
I think anytime you have the opportunity to listen to an autobiography from the author(s) themselves it adds to the intimacy of the story.
I was touched by their raw honesty and the candid portrayal of the complexity of their relationship. I was most struck by Mr. Sheen's personal journey and growth and WHAT A SPECTACULAR WIFE he is married to...she is clearly the glue of their family!!!
I generally listen to audio books while walking the dog and enjoying the peacefulness of the outdoors.
I have to admit that I had not heard of the movie The Way prior to listening to this audio book but I made a point of watching while I was still in the middle of the book. It was an enjoyable movie and made more meaningful with the "behind the scene" commentary by both Martin and Emilio. I will also make a point of watching Apocalypse Now.
Lastly, hearing of the vineyards in Emilio's back yard, I want to get my hands on a bottle of his Pinot Noir!!! ;)
Great Father and Son Biography! I love the way the life stories were recalled from both perspectives. Excellent insight into the lives of very public people.
The story was made more interesting and more personal by the narration by Martin and Emilio, themselves. Wonderful performers on screen and in audiobook. I wish they would narrate more books!
This is a book i would want to listen to in one sitting, but probably would not be able to because it is so long. It took me about a week of about 2 hours a day to reach the end.
Absolutely wonderful book. I adore Emilio as a director and actor, and now I adore him and his father as men.
This book took me on a wonderful chronological journey in the life of a father and son whom happen to be famous. It was wonderful to hear the same event told from both perspectives. Overall a wonderful book. I enjoyed it immensely.
This was such a beautiful story about the journey between a father and son and how it continues to this day. I loved how they narrated the tales from their recollections of the past and from working with each other on The Way which has become one of my favorite movies. This was a great read or in my case listen. I would highly recommend it to all. Loved it is the best way to describe it.
I really enjoyed learning about Martin Sheen. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Emilio.
Yes, but was not able to do so.
Great story through the generations. Love to step into someone eles world for a day to experience what they have . Took me back to a differient time.
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