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.
Nice book. Pleasant enough. No mention of the Mighty Ducks but the Appcalypse Now chapters most interesting out of the lot.
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.
"A different approach"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I seem to be listening to a lot of autobiographies, but this one was slightly different. As a mother it was interesting to hear about the father/son dynamic and I will be recommending this to my husband. A bit sentimental at times, but I think that is due to the natural personality of the authors and I found them both very likeable, honest and endearing characters. I think I am going to have to watch the film now!
"Excellent relationship narration"
Very good book. explains bond between father and son. didn't feel like stopping in the middle.
"A must to listen to"
This audio book is a must to listen to,a great insight into the estevez family.
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