LISTENER

Karen Loucks Rinedollar

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  • Can I Say

  • Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums
  • By: Travis Barker, Gavin Edwards - contributor
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Travis Barker's soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer's art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery. After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: His marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The narration was painful at best. It's KILLING me

  • By Zen on 02-21-17

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Prior to this book, I was only familiar with Travis' exterior facade and publicized antics. But now feel inspired by his colorful road to maturity, dedication to family and his arts.

Narrator Cary Hite has a beautiful voice. Only room for improvement was confusion at times knowing who was "speaking". Cary doesn't use variety between guest quotes and when he is returning to Travis' voice.

Overall- great book!

  • Stories I Tell Myself

  • Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson
  • By: Juan F. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Juan F. Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Hunter S. Thompson, "smart hillbilly"; boy of the South; born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky; son of an insurance salesman and a stay-at-home mom; public school-educated; jailed at 17 on a bogus petty robbery charge; member of the US Air Force (airman second class); copy boy for Time; writer for The National Observer; et cetera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunter Remembered

  • By Karen Loucks Rinedollar on 03-31-16

Hunter Remembered

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Hearing Juan retell life with his father Hunter S. Thompson was a roller coaster ride of bone chilling and heart warming recollections.

I knew Hunter in the early to mid 90's as he was going through his polo phase. Juan's portrayal is spot on with my memories- with the added benefit of a lifelong relationship as sole child of this complex and endearing, larger than life, character.

One of the unique opportunities that The Listener gets to experience is the similarity of Juan's voice to his father's in tone and cadence.

If you ever wanted to know what life with The Real Hunter S. Thompson was like- listen to Stories I Tell Myself.

Condolences and congratulations to Juan on surviving and thriving this unique voyage.

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