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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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The Evolution of a Father-Son Relationship

I found this book very interesting. Sheen and Estevez tell the story of their father/son relationship and its evolution frankly and forthrightly.

They discuss different periods based on their home and their films. It gives a different perspective to having watched several of the films discussed.

Additionally, they talk about the relationships with their father (Sheen) and son (Estevez).

Sheen is honest about his struggles with alcohol and anger. It helps to see that money doesn’t always bring an end to your problems.

I found their discussions about acting and life to be something I would share with my drama students.

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great

Wonderful story I would read more from this team. Lots of heart strings for tag 12 reading this

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Incredible Journey

This book has been an incredible journey of father and son and the struggles of being a Hollywood star. I would listen to this again and again.
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excellent - great storytelling

great storytelling told with honesty about their life journey and family roots filled with their own self discovery in their lives about their own careers, coming of age, travel, relationships with their peers, different generations of their family, children, and the father son relationship. some surprising tales about names you will recognize. overall a wonderful book. never boring.

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Wonderful

I admired Martin vefor this & his story gained even more admiration for him & Emilio. Also his wife played such a big part behind the sceenes. I admire her.

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This Could Be a Movie

What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

Hearing the voices of the authors. They both have remarkable, soothing voices.

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

The making of The Way. This was peppered throughout the book but I love hearing about Martin Sheen walking with a 70 pound backpack and about the gypsy scene and many other scene along the walk. And the descriptions about his father. Loved the way he mimics his father's accent.

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

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

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

Yes. At the same time I wanted to savor this book. It was almost like Father Knows Best with many flaws.

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Inspiring

I very much enjoyed listening to this book. I have always been a fan of Emilio Estevez and curious about his life. To my surprise this book was more than that, it was about the love of family, but most of all the love between father and son. Also, recently a friend invited me to walk "El Camino de Santiago" and Listening to this book and watching the movie has inspired me to take her up on the invitation.
The most memorable part of this memoir for me was what Mr. Sheen said about Emilio when he was born..." I have known him all of my life".

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Beautiful Story

This was another book that I am so glad that authors also did the audio. I especially appreciated Emilio Estevez's statement, about not throwing anyone under the bus.

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Deep engagement

I thoroughly loved these profound stories of love and dedication, pain and triumph. They are truly blessed to have such a deep relationship and connection.

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Fantastic

A great memoir of a father and son, mixing equal parts their careers and their relationship. The story is touching and insightful at times while very entertaining. The performances are flawless, perfect tone and throughout you feel the passion and honesty they put into the book and the reading.