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.
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By Mr on 14-06-12
I bought this on a whim, usually using audible for business or sports downloads. However, I found it fascinating. Sometimes I suspect it is a bit sanitised and thoughts are stated with the benefit of hindsight, but I found it thoroughly fascinating. I suprised myself that after a while I was more interested in Emilio's sections but all was totally absorbing.
If I had to be critical then I would say that I was slightly disappointed that there was not anything about Martin Sheen's time fiming The West Wing. But the book is about the relationship between father and son so maybe nothing interesting was happening at this time!
I would probaby give this book a 4.5 stars but as that is not an option I'd rather round up than down. In my opinion this audible book is well worth a listen.
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By CyndiLooWho on 24-05-12
Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'm still listening to this book, but I already know I will recommend it to others. It would be a great gift for someone on Father's Day. The relationship between Martin and Emilio isn't perfect, but touching and inspiring in it's honesty and sincerity. The stories they tell are interesting, and have kept me entertained along my long commute. I am happy to get back into the car each time to hear what is coming next.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?
The retelling of the filming of Martin's character Tom jumping into the river was fabulous. Of course I was also waiting anxiously to hear about the filming of Apocalypse Now and that didn't disappoint.
Any additional comments?
I agree with the other comments about the editing. There are numerous places where a few words or a whole sentence is repeated. "Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents... Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents..." At first I thought it might be purposeful to emphasize a point, but then the second and third time it was obviously a mistake. I would have wondered if it were my device, but others are reporting it also. FIX IT!
I should also say that without a fix, although it's distracting, it's not so bad that I would avoid the book all together. It should be fixed, however, as it just doesn't seem appropriate to have something out there that needs editing. It's a shame to have such a great performance scared in that way.
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By Stephanie on 23-05-12
Great collaboration by Martin & Emilio!
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 haven't read the print version, but since Martin and Emilio narrated it themselves, it made it much more meaningful (and that was the primary reason I bought the audiobook)
Who was your favorite character and why?
Loved hearing about the early days of both Martin and Emilio - I had no idea about their younger years
What about Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s performance did you like?
Great to hear it in their own voices. Please note that there is no "gossip" in this book (no wild stories about Charlie Sheen, etc).
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not an extreme reaction, but a better understanding of these two and their outlook and relationship - very interesting and thoughtful
Any additional comments?
Agree with other reviewers that the audio quality was only adequate/kind of poor (several spots where lines were repeated, wish there would have been a pause at the end of the book, etc).
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