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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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    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14
    Thomas McKinney, TX 03-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because it was hard to listen to. The story didn't really keep my attention.


    What three words best describe Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s voice?

    Emilio is a pretty good nararator but this is the second book that I've gotten with Martin Sheen reading and he is an awful nararator. I can't stand the way he reads and his emotions seem impersonal.


    Do you think Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No the story was decent but I can't see myself listening to a follow-up even if they wrote it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Okmulgee, OK, United States 10-25-13
    Tonya Okmulgee, OK, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Hate to read but have enjoyed listening to books.

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    "It was a decent book"
    Would you recommend Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was just okay, some parts were a little boring to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting story and gave some good insights.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 07-02-13
    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 07-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Over written."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. But you have to get over the cliches. Every sentence is over-written and made me cringe. But I just kept in my mind that these are not book authors. I just wish that their memoirist would have guarded them against dramatizing each and every sentence. I just wanted to learn more about them. But I felt many times that I was reading an over-written play.


    Could you see Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh goodness no. If it was a movie, imagine the dramatic rises and swells in the music, for every sentence. Every utterance was dramatic and important. Gads.


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    JOHN/DENNARD 02-04-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to be better than the print version?

    no


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the movie and this just gave a lot of background as to why the movie worked.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

    neithe


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    smile


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Carol 01-31-13
    Carol 01-31-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Interesting Peek Behind the Curtain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, it's not a great book, but it is interesting and entertaining. Emilio and Martin share rich stories of childhood and growth, and I have a greater appreciation for them as people than I did before.


    What other book might you compare Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to and why?

    I wanted to compare it to Rob Lowe's autobiography, but it's not quite as personal or gripping as his.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

    Martin's father


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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