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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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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)

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.
So far, the return on investment is too low for my taste.

***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)

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  • Alissa
  • Salinas, California
  • 09-26-16

Interesting

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

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Essential for any Travis Barker fan

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I took my 23&15 year old sons to see Blink 182 a few years ago and loved it! Music choices in the car with my boys can be a challenge but Blink is a band we can all agree on. I learned a lot about Travis from this book. It's amazing that Travis survived not only the plane crash but all of the physical pain that accompanied it. Also finding out how humble and down to earth Travis is just makes him even more likable to me. I definitely recommend spending a credit on this book. The only thing I wasn't excited about was the narrator. His performance wasn't bad but something about his voice and tone made me think of state farm commercial's. IDK maybe it's just me but I think it would have been easier to listen to if someone else had narrated it.

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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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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.

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Too bad Travis Barker didn't do the narration

First I want to say that I was never a huge Blink 182 fan. I liked some of their songs but I'm not a hard core fan. I decided to listen to this audio because I remembered the show he and his wife were on and also the jet crash that almost took his life.
I enjoy reading band biographies and thought this would be interesting. The book content was interesting, however; the narration was beyond painful. I have listened to other books not performed by the author but this one was especially difficult to listen to. At times I became confused when he switched characters. When I first started listening it was a chore just to make it through the first couple of chapters. I ended up turning it off and started on another book. To be honest I only went back to this one when I didn't have any others left. I decided to grit my teeth and make it through to the end.

The story is actually interesting though it seems Travis could use some humility. You will tire of hearing how great Travis Barker is, how he had sex with so many girls and how every girl wanted him. It's like every one of his friends was a level one butt kisser. Other than that I did enjoy learning about his early life and the relationship with his father. He was very honest about his struggles with drugs and overcoming the damage (physically and mentally) after his plane crash. It was also nice to read about the relationship he has with his children. He seems to be a great father.

If you are a Travis Barker fan you will definitely like this audio book but I wish Travis would go back and do the narration.

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Drumtastic

I was a fan of Blink at an earlier age, and a fan of Travis Barker and his other work. This book gave a greater insight to the inner workings and going ons in the life of TB.

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Wow.......

One of the best biographies I've read (heard)!!! I've been a fan for a long time glad I finally got a chance to check it out!

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Fascinating story

Highly recommended. Grew up in the TRL era..enjoyed blink but wasn't a die hard fan by any means. Travis seems like such an incredible father and person. Very down to earth. I have such respect for him and his story. Many people mentioned the narrator but he didn't bother me at all. Buy this book!!

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Now I love Travis even more! - 90s kid Blink fan

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The book is written in Travis' first person POV but there are sections written by other people in Travis' life. It was nearly impossible to tell when the narrator was done reading the other people's contributions and switched back to Travis' POV. Sometimes I couldn't tell who the narrator was speaking for.

Any additional comments?

I am always terrified of reading the life stories of people I admire because I'm afraid I won't like who they really are. I will say Travis was way more of a ladies man than I thought, but I never lost respect for him because of all the other aspects of his life where he shows respect, honor, humility, and business savvy. I've been a Blink fan since "Enema of the State" but this book made me appreciate Travis' skill and dedication and struggles so much more. I am so grateful this book shares the insight of one of the greatest drummers of my generation.