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Can I Say Audiobook

Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums

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Publisher's Summary

The fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

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: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor, DJ AM, died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades' worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring listeners to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

©2016 Travis Barker (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

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    Zen 02-21-17
    Zen 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The narration was painful at best. It's KILLING me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe it gets better, but I am at chapter 4 and honestly do not want to continue listening. I presume it would have been better if read by the actual author. (MAYBE)<br/><br/>Personally I rate all memoirs less when the author doesn't narrate it themselves. It just makes it feel lazy, somewhat entitled, and like paying full price for dollar store value. <br/>So far, the return on investment is too low for my taste.<br/> <br/>***I DO HOWEVER hope this book gets better!*** Currently, it's boring as all hell and extremely presuming... just because you have fame, doesn't mean people want to hear pointless drivel that doesn't promote the actual story line.


    What didn’t you like about Cary Hite’s performance?

    I don't know anything about the narrator, and he could quite possibly be really good at his performances otherwise. This book however, he missed the mark, a lot. It was confusing transitions between characters, and he never embodied the true energy of the author. Maybe it's because the book (SO FAR) is most definitely lacking any intellectual writing and feels "middle-school-level-literature" at best.


    Any additional comments?

    I AM ONLY ON CHAPTER 4 --- This COULD redeem itself. (Just feels like an impossible feat)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    alissa villani salinas ca 09-26-16
    alissa villani salinas ca 09-26-16
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    "Interesting"

    Good book, was hoping Travis would had been the one reading it but it's got great details.

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    Kevin J. Baird 02-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story nucompanion experience"

    Good story. Good look into the life of someone who is trying to be normal and a rock star at the same time.

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    Lauren 09-19-16
    Lauren 09-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book for Blink and Travis Barker fans!!"
    Where does Can I Say rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favorite autobiography's by far! Started it and couldn't stop.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Can I Say?

    The most memorable moment was the plane crash. It was hard to read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of the book was Travis talking about growing up.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the narrator. His voice would do weird changes at times, especially when he was reading for somebody else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alenakg 07-08-17
    alenakg 07-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A wild and crazy ride!"

    A life story about suffering and struggle, but on the other side about passion, perseverance and family. A very intriguing listen.

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    Amazon Customer Lake Park, Iowa United States 06-15-17
    Amazon Customer Lake Park, Iowa United States 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    I only had three hour left and couldn't go on.
    I wasn't expecting stellar writing, Barker is a great drummer but I didn't expect to be eloquent on thd page. He is not. This a very typical recounting of the craziness of being a talented, famous, musician with a drug problem.

    I've seen quite a few reviews complaining about Cary Hite's narration. Hite is not a bad narrator but he is an awful fit for this material. I typically don't bother with memoirs that aren't narrated by the author for just this reason. This pairing is particularly bad.

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    Joseph White Atlanta, GA 05-17-17
    Joseph White Atlanta, GA 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Horrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards - contributor and/or Cary Hite?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards - contributor again?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Cary Hite’s performance?

    I could not get passed this guy. To me every audible book takes 10 minute or so to get used to the narrator but I gave this one over an hour and turned it off. That is a first in 20+ books.. Just terrible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wanted to like it.


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    Holly Brocki 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book, horrible narrator!"

    this book was so badly narrated that I couldn't stand to listen to it after the second chapter. The guy sounds like he is reading a script and not telling a story. It's awful. My suggestion, by the actual book!

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    Elena 05-04-17
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    "Poor performance"

    The performance was disappointing. It was difficult to tell when he switched from someone else back to Travis. Poor editing when lines/phrases had to be re-recorded/edited.

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    Melody Gaylord 05-01-17
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    "Some interesting parts, terrible narrator"
    What did you like best about Can I Say? What did you like least?

    I am a big fan of Blink 182. I have been to a few of their shows and love their music. It was interesting to hear some of the behind the scenes information on the band and the plane crash that Travis went through. I almost stopped listening to the book early on because chapter after chapter just described how many girls he slept with over and over again. It then went on to speak to many other people who just described how many chicks Travis hooked up with. It was like - OK I get it, he slept with a lot of chicks. Can we move on?<br/>Also, the narrator was really monotone. They had a lot of interviews in the book and it was really hard to tell when he switched back and fourth between Travis' words and the other people's words.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards - contributor ? Why or why not?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cary Hite’s performances?

    No, I have no idea how this person is a narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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