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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and his accomplished actor/director son Emilio Estevez share the stories of their lives while charting a spiritual journey through the Spain of their ancestors.

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I watched "The Way" and really liked the movie...lo and behold, the next morning this book was calling my name from the library shelves. I didn't even know they had written this biography/autobiography together. I'm not normally a non-fiction reader, but I'm trying to branch out these days. I really enjoyed this book! I like how both of their memoirs are preserved and entwined. The back and forth voices aren't too much. I was glad to have seen the movie, so that I could better app ...more
Trevor Emmitt
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Ramon (Martin Sheen) and Emilio Estevez have written a poignant joint-memoir that grew, seemingly organically, out of the movie they made together along the Camino de Santiago in Spain - the Estevez written/directed "The Way". The result explains the history of the Estevez clan's transformation from working class Dayton, OH to the theaters of New York to, eventually, Hollywood. The story is as surprising as it is inspirational - but the history is not all moonlight and roses. Sheen drags Emilio ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the idea from the start.Have never read a 'co-written' bio. Although it had a ghost writer (Hope Edelman,),both their thoughts and personalities come through strongly.As a Father,I found it painful to read at times,as the Father /Son relationship is universal. And has been since the stone age.Martin comes across as a very emotional man,who didn't have the career he should have had.mainly because he wouldn't play the 'Hollywood Game'.He was his own worst enemy,I feel,who blamed everyone ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! First of all — it's one of a kind: a father/son memoir jointly written. Second — what lives they've lived! What stories, what struggle, what love! Just absolutely unflinchingly (as the LA Times says) in its honesty — and as a result, incredibly inspiring and moving. It in itself should be a movie! Now I want to go back a re-watch a whole bunch of their films, knowing the backstories.

Also, it is paced alongside the making of the movie "The Way" — the most recent father/son
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, biography
Absolutely fantastic memoir and companion to a beautiful film! Amazing writing, revelations, and insights. One of my favourite parts is Martin saying "I've known Emilio all my life". All the travel stories and all the bits about other actors and people in the business are really enlightening and fascinating, while the constant self-awareness, groundedness, and solidity of the two men are admirable and inspiring.

I wish there was at least a single photo of Janet included, but I guess for privacy
Virginia Pulver
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
In spring 2009, I walked the Way (The Camino, a pilgrimage from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostella - about 1000 kilometers in about 40 days - 5 mountain ranges.) I scattered my son's ashes along the way. This was a pilgrimage of gratitude for me. In the fall Martin Sheen and Emilio Estavez made their film ("The Way")about the Camino. The story is about a father who finds himself unexpectedly walking the camino and as he walks, he comes to terms with his son's life choices. He scatters the s ...more
Emily Goenner
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Another strong 3.5. I was surprised by this audio book, narrated in alternating chapters by Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Esteves. It is a surprisingly thoughtful narrative about family, in particular fathers and sons. It is both personal and specific and universal, as Esteves says in the end. I don't know that I would have read a text copy, but I highly recommend the audio.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of father and son. Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez AKA Martin Sheen and son Emilio Estévez take you on a journey through their lives. I was never a hard core fan of any of the Sheen/Estevez clan until this book. WOW! What a life young Emilio and the rest of his brothers and sister lived. They were jet-setting all around the world while their father Ramon (Martin) was on location filming movies.

It is written in a way where the father reflects on a time period and then Emilio does the
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read a number of (auto)biographies in the past year or two, many of them celebrities from the 1980's that I "grew up with". The draw for Along the Way though was not particularly Brat Packer Emilio Estevez but his famous father, Martin Sheen, an actor I will always love, and think of, as President Jed Bartlet of The West Wing. The book traces their lives and careers with intermissions of a sort in the present day as they filmed The Way together in Spain along the Camino de Santiago de Compo ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for its honesty and good storytelling. A combined autobiography of Emilio Estevez and his father, Martin Sheen, it is an honest portrayal of the struggles and success story of their bond. It left me wanting to know more about the other children, Charlie, Ramon and Renee, and I hope they will also tell their story. I need to again watch the movie The Way as I now have insight into some of the dynamics behind the story and production.
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the Sheen family. And I really enjoyed this book. I've learned a lot of things about the two men. And it seems that the bond between them is very strong.

Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More meaningful to the authors than the reader.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful read. Such a loving and humble family, not without its troubles. I loved the movie “The Way” and now I want to watch it again.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recently enjoyed the film "The Way" about a pilgrimage by a grieving father on Spain's El Camino de Santiago, so when I saw the book Along the Way on the library's Book to Film shelf I knew it was my next read. It's a memoir written jointly by Martin Sheen and his oldest son, Emilio Estevez. They both starred in the film for which Estevez also wrote the script and directed. The two of them alternate chapters in the book, which is very personal, humorous, and quite moving, and it's not just abo ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Martin Sheen has been an idol of mine since I was 13 and learned of his work with social justice issues. I am always excited to read anything about him...even better that this is partly written by him.
(top paragraph written before I read the book) if you are either a Martin Sheen or Emilio Estevez fan you will probably enjoy this book. If you enjoy hearing about what goes on during movie productions you also will probably enjoy this. If none of this applies to you, this book might not
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Martin and Emilio share their history of family and their relationship as father and son. Along the way they share both their individual foibles as well as the relational struggles and celebrations. The book came about from the movie Emilio wrote and Martin stars in, The Way, which if you haven't seen do NOW! Martin shares his father's love and sacrifice, his alcoholism, early family struggles, acting timeline, and his love and passion in trying to keep the family near. Emilio shares his acting ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like most of us who so enjoyed Martin Sheen as President Bartlett on The West Wing, I enjoy any movie that features Martin Sheen as a good guy. I found this book after watching The Way at a film festival. The DVD promoted Along the Way, a dual memoir by the star of the film and his son, Emilio Estevez, the director, as well as Off the Road, by Jack Hitt, the original story on which the film was based. I have enjoyed all three. The best part of all is that I now feel that I have backpacked for 50 ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It was good. Dragged a bit at the end, especially Emilio's chapters--perhaps because he's still only middle-aged and there's less closure for him to round out the book with. Not that Martin's on his death bed or anything, but his chapters had more experience (including a longer experience with personal wisdom and peace) to offer and so his story comes full circle and feels more emotionally satisfying by the end. Emilio's last chapters (especially the one on the Iron John/Robert Bly workshop he a ...more
Anne Huart (Books & Tea)
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

When Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez decide to write a book about their life, experiences and father-son relationship...

I came across that book at my tiny tiny village library. It was quite a surprise... a very nice surprise!

I was amazed by the honesty of the story, told alternatively from Sheen and Estevez points of view. Honesty about dealing with family, break out as an actor, religion, alcoholism.

Their self-awareness was impressive and made this book really undearing, without ever att
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir-biography
Very well done and engaging. Father and son reflect on the impacts of events throughout their lives. They take turns, explaining their feelings at the time and the understanding they have now looking back. An inspiring look at a successful father-son relationship. If you like Martin Sheen or Emilio Estevez, you will enjoy this book.
Tiffany Wilbourn
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
I liked this book more than I had anticipated. It wasn't snooty and I learned a lot about the family, which was interesting, as well as their spiritually journeys and father/son relationship. Makes me want to visit Spain :)
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked the parts by Martin Sheen more than Emilio's chapters. I thought Emilio was much too cavalier about how he was an absent father for the first 10 years of fatherhood. I didn't find him very likeable.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saw this at out library and thought...why not.
I enjoyed reading the book which is mostly about their relationship as father and son with a sprinkling of Hollywood thrown in. I liked the way the chapters were alternated and you would see one persons perspective and then the others.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember seeing Martin Sheen in films like Firestarter and The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane, he's a great actor. This book is very well-written and an interesting view of a father-son relationship, and one of the first dual-memoirs I've read.
Daniel Threlfall
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Sheltered kid confession: I knew next to nothing about sheen. And yet I read this book. It was surprisingly poignant and insightful. I especially appreciated the themes of family connectedness and respectful understanding that the book powerfully puts forward.
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're a Martin Sheen or Emilio Estevez fan, you'll love this book, it feels very honest. Though I thought I knew their story, I was way off.

A wonderful editing job by Hope Edleman, who took the stories of their lives and turned them into something readable.

Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Honest, but long winded.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been a longtime fan of both Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez .. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and BTW the film The Way is excellent .. highly recommend!
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very honest and self-aware memoir by two men who have been players in over 50 years of show business and more importantly have grown into disciplined men of integrity.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The balance of input from Sheen and Estevez was wonderful. It was interesting to see the development of the relationship between this famous father and son. Honest, suprising, and intriguing.
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