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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.

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

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Brilliant insight

A wonderful continuation of a personal sharing of an absolutely interesting and real human. Thanks Neil.

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Awful. Shame

Keeps fading in and out every minute. Incomprehensible. Utter jumble. Love Neil Peart but this is a mess on his legacy

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Neils musical tastes revealed

Another spectacular read by a truly gifted writer. A sizeable listen at 14 hours whose end came all too soon as did his passing. i miss him even more after getting to know via his eloquent books

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Wonderful

A fantastic insight into a man whose work I enjoyed since I first discovered it in the mid 80s. Flows beautifully and unlike some books, this was never a drawn out chore to listen to. My only regret is I didn’t listen to it sooner. RIP Neil, the world is slightly less interesting now you’ve gone.

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  • Jason Lessenger
  • 12-09-15

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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  • Michael
  • 19-11-15

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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  • The Captain
  • 06-10-15

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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  • Clay Rodgers
  • 21-10-13

'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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  • Deborah Bessette
  • 06-08-20

Excellent if you can get past Narrator!

Neil Peart has always been a mystery, but this unravels much of the mystery. The Narrator is AWFUL! Would love to have had Neil read his story. America lost one of the best. Rest in Peace. Am thankful I saw you play!

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  • Jim Chandler
  • 22-04-20

superb!

my favorite of Neil's! gives lots of insight into many aspects of his life and personal history

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  • tfriggenv
  • 23-10-20

A must for any Neil fan!

I’ve read/listened to most of his books. He paints a precise picture of the stories. The insight into to his life and of Rush’s life is fascinating. The narrators voice is very good too. Very relaxing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-20

Love these stories

I always enjoy hearing Neil’s writing but these stories as told in his words were some interesting inspiring golden nuggets. Loved every minute of it.

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  • MMiller
  • 29-07-20

great writer and drummer

i wish i read these books long ago. Neil is a very good writer and because I've been a fan for as long as he has been a drummer i find i can track my own experiences well with his. he had a lot to say musically and also in written form. even a non_fan will enjoy his books.

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  • jason carrasco
  • 23-07-20

not much going on

I loved ghostrider this one is just kinda musings of a middle aged man nothing notable going on