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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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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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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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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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Travis is as vapid as I thought

Couldn’t get through it. The stories of his one night stands did it for me. I think he thought they would be funny maybe (?), but it comes off very cheesy and gross. I do not recommend. Boring.

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Beyond lame

Not sure where to begin. The narrator pronounced so many iconic punk and metal bands wrong, it’s super cheesy “try hard” stories and beyond misogynistic. Tried to sound cool but ends up sounding like a total dork. Was never a Blink 182 fan, lame wanna be punk music so I guess this books fits that perfectly.

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Not the best

I lost interest in this a few chapters in. The way it was written I would have thought a child wrote it. He started off on one subject and two sentences in he talked about something that had nothing to do with it and then went right back to the subject he started with. I'm surprised it was accepted to be published with the way it was written.

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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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Just wow

Was hoping it was read by Barker himself…. Seems more truthful but I see why
He didn’t.
I mean I knew he was crazy and completely sex, drugs and rock n roll but as I read I just kept
Thinking “no way is this real”. How can someone that was such an absolute
Dick to women be so damn love able at the same
Time? One minute I’m thinking this guy was a
Such an asshat
The next he’s like the greatest friend you want to have. I see he has a 15 yo daughter.. karma may just come
Calling.
For a guy who seemingly is averse to Hollywood glitz and fakery he sure as hell seems to seek those plastic types out for long term relationships.
Definitely entertaining

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Narration didn’t match Travis

I know why Travis didn’t narrate. I don’t think he could of after listening to his story. I think he is too shy and not arrogant enough. I did think it was kind of funny that he would have others talk about how great he is then Travis boosting about himself.
Yes, it was not well written but Travis is not a scholar, he is an artist through and through. But the story is real , gritty and honest. I am glad I listened. But my only complaint was when Travis would let you know there was a quote from a friend or an ex wife, but failed to end the closed quote and would not know when the quotes ended and his story continues. It was a little frustrating to constantly trying to figure out who was talking.

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