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.
I enjoyed the content of the book, and the delivery as well. In theory, a duel memoir could pose problems, but I truly enjoyed hearing from the men themselves the story of their lives.
I m sure this book and their movie, that i haven't seen, were great projects for them. While I ended with a lot of respect for Emilio, esp as I didnt know the breadth of his work, I didnt know Martin was such a jerk. and, i dont teally mean jerk, perhaps artogant oddball. i found myself wanting to fast forward thru his sections. sometimes its not good to know more about celebrities!
A moving, inspiring story of the relationship between a father and a son. A deeply personal and honest story. I loved every moment of the story, not only in Martin and Emilio's own words but in their own voice. As they tell of the journey of their relationship, trials, struggles and personal battles you will be challenged to take a look at your own life and relationships.
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.
I found the insights from Martin's history and childhood to be the best parta. Some of the movie background and insights where informative and educational , especially the stories regarding Apocalypse Now. The book does have its weak content, e.g. Emilios spiritual journey and limited stories of his fatherhood. overall, good read.
As a person who watched the Way before walking the entire Camino Francés, this book was amazing as it told the basic story of a Father and Son in their own words. Through their trials and celebrations, I found myself remembering my own Camino, as my life has unfolded and on my actual walk in Spain. Must read/listen for anyone who has seen the way, walked the Camino, or has grown up around the movies of the Sheen/Estevez family.
I didn't want the book to end! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The stories by both father and son are told chronologically from each of their perspectives, but separate from each other in a unique format.
There were many wise and inspirational moments. Really, it felt like 3 bios in one book if you include the thread of family roots that begins in Spain and winds itself throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the experiences both shared during Martin's filming of Apocalypse Now and also the history that relates to their family in Spain and how their ancestry has influenced their lives currently.
I loved both authors, who told their stories with a humble voice and directly from the heart. You immediately get the sense of loyalty, love and friendship within the family. I have always been aware of Martin Sheen and Emilio the actors but have a new respect for the work they both continue to produce.
I was happy to take my time listening and savoring the depth of each chapter.
Well worth the time to read.
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