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 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.
It was a narrated by Martin Sheen and he did an excellent job.
Loved the history and the father and son relationship throughout their careers.
How their real people with real problems.
I'm in awe! That in these 13 hour of Emilio and Martin narrating their lives, there's not a second that gets boring. I've even rewatched almost all of the movies mentioned in the book and with those stories in mind, ive seen them in a new light and with even bigger admiration.
Sheen and Estevez walk the listener through very intimate, challenging life experiences that follow the boomerang of father and son relations. Not chronological, the bi-epic traverses four generations; some decisions outlive the decision-maker.
Interesting, compelling, and unexpected
Fascinating back story on Sheen - Estovez family
If you have any interest in these two, it is a good read. No buff and fluff, just a really fascinating look into their lives.
I always liked the Estevez family, Emilio in particular, and learned a lot about them in this book. This is an honest, often raw, account of their family life over the years, and it makes me appreciate them so much more. They are just a normal family with a lot of the same ups and downs as everyone else. I was left feeling like we were almost friends, who had a deep conversation over dinner and some Pinot. It is definitely worth the listen.
I enjoyed hearing about the adventures, mishaps and relationships of these two very interesting men. Well written and narrated with a back and forth, chronological flow. I could not put it down.
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!!! ;)
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