Can I Say

Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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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 Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

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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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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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Not too deep, horrible narration

Narration so bad I was lost because I didn't know who was talking. Surface story.

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Pretty good book, narration is bad

If you can get past the narrator, it isn't a bad book. Half the time, you don't know who is supposed to be talking because it is the same narrator the entire time and no distinction. Sorry but if a woman is talking, I don't want to hear a man's voice. It's just weird. I got the book because it was free. I always appreciated Travis as a musician and he played with some punk bands I like so I listened. If I were a massive Blink fan, maybe I would have been like "THIS WAS AMAZING!!!". I feel like it went a tad long but others probably disagree. His story was pretty interesting, nonetheless. Especially the plane crash because I didn't realize the severity of his injuries. I knew it was bad but I didn't realize HOW bad.

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This reading was awful. Lots of switching back and forth between subjects who were interviewed for the book, and Travis’ own story. Often, you never knew who was speaking. Narrator stumbled over the reading several times. Would not recommend.

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inspirational

As you hit certain shows in the book, Look em up. playing with feeble, aquabats, first blink show etc

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good story

love the story but reader was mispronouncing words and not hip enough to read this. he was monotone. I hope Travis listen to this before okaying it. he would have had someone else read it