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 just finished and can't wait to hear it again. It was sometimes painful,funny and open. You knew the words came from their experiences and journey through life but always the love of family is there.
I hope the title that I chose would do the job. I like the Sheen's all three men are fantastic.
In a word this book is enjoyable.
Again the passion and performance that the book gives the reader. The reader understands
the love and importance of family.The story is a great story for anyone to read.
Life along the Way?
I have listened many times. I enjoy non-fiction. This is articulate, honest and believable.
The personal honesty and the two different takes on the same events.
Great voices and I always enjoy a writer with a good voice. No one reads it like the writer - but not all writers have good voices. Martin and Emilio do.
Probably on a long flight... I never have that much time all at once.
The love this father and son have for each other is heartwarming. Great challenges could have split them apart, but the love and tough love / honesty carried the day.
Surprisingly touching and soulful. and even more surprising, Emelio is a better reader than Martin!
I enjoyed this. It wasn't a celebrity bio as I'd normally understand the term, as both authors are cerebral and reflective. Salacious celebrity gossip stuff is very much downplayed in favor of studied reflections on their work, personal philosophies, and family life. Martin Sheen is especially sweet and sentimental in his contributions; it's hard to believe it's the same guy who played in Apocalypse Now!
The back and forth narrative between father and son works well and made me interested in learning more about this family. They understandably diplomatically tiptoed around Charlie's recent meltdowns, which this book isn't really about. They are obviously trying to stay on good terms with him. Maybe greater frankness there will be possible in the future. It is just good to see a father and son who are close, even with the usual ups and downs.
My wife and I just watched Estevez's and Sheen's movie The Way and found this double biography fascinating, deep, and uplifting. Meet these two flawed and resilient human beings, and learn much from their journey.
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