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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son | [Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman]

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

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.
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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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    LK Montgomery County MD 01-24-13
    LK Montgomery County MD 01-24-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved the narration. Great story."

    Love the story. Love the movie. Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are both some of my favorite actors.

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    Carol 01-21-13
    Carol 01-21-13
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    "Interesting"
    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 enjoyed the audio version especially given the narrators


    What does Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    By their narration they bring their personalities and emotion giving the story life


    Any additional comments?

    l enjoyed the story especially about the journey in Spain. I also enjoyed the contrasting view of father and son. I was fascinated upon finding that Martin took his family on location with him. At times I found the text slow moving. As an avid West Wing fan I would have enjoyed some insight into that part of his life.

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-18-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-18-13
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    "New Perspective on Another Hollywood Family"
    Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

    No - I don't listen to any books more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    Emilio's voice. I LOVE his voice!
    I am mostly impressed with Janet Sheen. What an amazing woman she is!
    I enjoyed many of Emilio and Martin's recollections of things they went through together. It was interesting to hear each of their own perspectives.
    I have a whole new respect for Martin and Janet and (in spite of some of the things Martin did) I am very impressed with how they started out so young, with so little, and still became successful and raised such a loving talented family.
    Both of them seem so at peace. Congratulations to the Sheen/Estevez families.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I didn't' know they had done any others.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Martin mentions something about doing a book with Charlie eventually...now THAT one should be interesting!

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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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    "Great Story, But:"
    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.

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    Jorjeana 11-05-12
    Jorjeana 11-05-12
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    "Prolific and lovely devotion of father and son."
    Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

    Absolutely. I absolutely love both of these actors. Their story is both interesting and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alternating points of view. Chapters alternate between father and son, which was fantastic, because truth is often relative, and in this case subjective. It was fun to hear the stories from the different points of view. It develops into a very interesting and telling relevation of one of Hollywood's best known families. I found myself laughing and even crying with them.


    What does Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe I could imagine their voices in my head as I read, but it was nice to hear their unmistakable inflection and the truth in their voices.So very entertaining. I love to be entertained on screen by each of them and am excited to find this new audio avenue.


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

    Yes, I often took the long way home when listening in the car and would finish chapters while doing housework before going to bed. I plan to also purchase the written version.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that the duo continue to collaborate for a long time. LOVE the Sheen family. They came up the hard way: no Hollywood pretentiousness. Very humble and down to earth. Thanks so much.

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    Frank Centenary Heights, Australia 09-11-12
    Frank Centenary Heights, Australia 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great journey about a Father and Son!!"
    What did you love best about Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    I'm an 80's kid so i grew up on all the films mentioned, was great hearing about what was going on behind the scenes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was an open, an honest reflection on there relationship, highs and lows.


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

    It's great hearing


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

    yes


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    Peggy 08-27-12
    Peggy 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept My Attention"
    What did you love best about Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    Very personal and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    I learned a lot about both Emilio and Martin. I especially loved hearing about taking the kids on location and all the details about how they lived while there.


    What does Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much more personal coming from their voices. I felt like they were both talking to me.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the movie and thoroughly loved the audio version of the book. Hard to stop listening.

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    Jean Greenfield, MA, United States 08-27-12
    Jean Greenfield, MA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the Movie, Love the Audio Book!"
    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 have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez narrate their personal stories as they interweave them with the making of the movie, The Way.


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

    Everything.


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    Juanita Hillsville, VA, United States 08-21-12
    Juanita Hillsville, VA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Family is everything!"

    This book is a truly unique and totally endearing interchange of perspectives between a father and son and one which you will not be likely to forget too soon. It offers the reader a classic rendition of a family history which embraces traditional values both from the past and current day. And it's all about the love which forever binds a family together-

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    Donna Delta, BC, Canada 08-15-12
    Donna Delta, BC, Canada 08-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Along The Way was a long way to the finish!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book could have more substance. I found parts dull and drifted off to other thoughts. It was not as riveting as some other autobiographies. Perhaps more detail on the rest of the family, Emilio's siblings and his mother would make it more interesting.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have listened to by this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes when Martin Sheen describes his father. He does a great job of imitating his father's voice with the strong accent. You can empathize with the man and appreciate his efforts in raising his children on his own after becoming a widower.


    Was Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son worth the listening time?

    This book is worth listening to especially if you a fan of Martin Sheen and his roles in movies and plays. Although it did seem to slow at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin Sheen's son Emilio who is not as well known to me, sounds like his dad! He seems to be the special son who has not made the same mistakes as his father and brother Charlie.

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