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Traveling Music

The Soundtrack to My Life and Times
Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)
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The music of Frank Sinatra, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and many other artists provides the score to the reflections of a musician on the road in this memoir of Neil Peart's travels from Los Angeles to Big Bend National Park. The emotional associations and stories behind each album Peart plays guide his recollections of his childhood on Lake Ontario, the first bands that he performed with, and his travels with the band Rush. The evocative and resonant writing vividly captures the meanderings of a musical mind, leading rock enthusiasts to discover inside information about Rush and the musical inspirations of a rock legend.

In light of Neil Peart’s passing, and in honor of his life and contributions to the world of audio, Audible is offering this work at no cost* through January 28th, 2020.

*While free to all listeners, rights holders will be compensated.

©2004 Neil Peart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Rich and robust!

Traveling music exceeded my expectations and Neil Peart far exceeds my expectations as a person. Wonderful and hungry for more.

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On the road with Neil.

Thanks for the amazing journey into your past. I hope there is more to come from the Masked, Ghost traveler.

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If your a music lover you'll dig this one

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It was so enjoyable listening to Neil's engaging commentary of his traveling via BMW (car & moto) and the music that shaped his life. He introduces one to a wide variety of musical styles, from Sinatra to Madonna told from a thoughtful and personal perspective. Not only do you learn about the music that influenced him to become the accomplished drummer that he is for Rush, but are also treated to a historical and biographical commentary of the albums and musicians of this "traveling music". I found myself hunting down music that I wouldn't normally have sought and discovered some real gems.
As usual, Brian Sutherland does a fantastic job of delivering the nuances of the charm, whit and sense of Mr. Peart's writing.
I can see myself putting this one on again and again in the years to come.

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'Bout time you let us in a bit further!

Where does Traveling Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Numero uno!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Traveling Music?

The whole book.

Which character – as performed by Brian Sutherland – was your favorite?

Niel Peart. UHMM...Isn't it an autobio?

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

Extreme? No, Just a kind of awe & reverence like any of his writing.Okay , I suppose that's extreme.

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I really am impressed and surprised that he let go of so much personal info. It's common knowledge among fans that he wears very little on his sleeve much less speak of his personal life so candidly. I'm a life long Rush fan from the very 1st album (With Rutsey) I became a hyper-fan after that obviously from the addition of Niel. I'm a musician and writer so I've soaked up every word he's ever let loose of and every note they've ever played, or as many as humanly possible. I have a theory they can't possibly be human. Humans aren't perfect if you catch what I'm tossing. Musically at least. I don't mean overall.

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The book is great. Narration is horrible

Absolutely devoid of interest in what he’s reading, this is robotic and unlistenable with mistakes from what is the true text.

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Great look at a great man who was pretty quiet

good stuff a great look at the proffeser and his life in happy sad and normal life he tried 2 carve 4 himself he will be missed

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Sad when it ended

Listening to Neil’s writing was a great accompaniment to time spent working on projects around the house - when I’d much rather be on a road trip in the desert. This book helped me live that dream vicariously, while also enjoying Neil’s thoughtful research and reflections on the subjects coming up during his adventures.

Great humor, philosophical insights, backstories on a lot of amazing musicians, along with captivating descriptions of the landscape around him, are the order of the day in this book. I was sad when it ended, and will be browsing for another one of his books soon.

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Amazing.

Neil Peart writes in such an engaging way. He's inspiring, honest, and piercingly personal. Loved every minute of this book.

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