Daisy Jones and the Six Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Sunday Times and New York Times best seller.
A Daily Mirror best fiction pick of 2019.
A Daily Express best book of 2019.
Everybody knows Daisy Jones and the Six.
From the moment Daisy walked barefoot on to the stage at the Whisky, she and the band were a sensation. Their sound defined an era. Their albums were on every turntable. They sold out arenas from coast to coast.
This is the story of their incredible rise: the desire, the rivalry – and the music.
Then, on 12 July 1979, Daisy Jones and the Six split up.
Nobody knew why. Until now....
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 3 minutes|
|Author||Taylor Jenkins Reid|
|Narrator||Sara Arrington, Jennifer Beals, Arthur Bishop, Fred Berman, Benjamin Bratt, Jonathan Davis, Ari Fliakos, Holter Graham, Judy Greer, January Lavoy, Robinne Lee, Peter Larkin, Henry Leyva, P.J. Ochlan, Robert Petkoff|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 March 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 116 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
53 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 8 August 2021
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The way the author wrote the story made it all the more fascinating to listen to, it really felt like I was listening to a documentary rather than a fictional story. I really enjoyed the way the story was told from the beginning. Alternating between the background story of The Six and their rise to fame, and the background of Daisy Jones, until they meet and then their story merges into the one. The story touches on many things you would expect from a famous rock band from the 70's, with the members trying to deal with their fame, addictions, love, loss, touring, being in each other's faces constantly - I was halfway through the Audible version when I also ordered myself a paperback copy, I just knew it was going to be amazing all the way through to the end, and I needed it for my bookshelf.
There are tensions. Billy’s brother Graham falls for keyboard player Karen, who loves him but wants to be a successful artist first and foremost. As she says, marriages are a little more equitable these days but back then, if a woman married and had kids, she could pretty well kiss a career goodbye. Eddie is the one who most resents Billy’s dominance in the group. There are always problems when walking the line between needing strong leadership and direction vs democratically allowing everyone a say and the chance to shine individually. Eddie’s brother Pete has a girlfriend back east. Drummer Warren is the most laidback. The biggest tension though is that after initial hostility, Daisy and Billy share an intense love that can never be acted on or even expressed, except it is. It comes out in their co-written songs and, having hit the heights of success, the band implodes after a Chicago show when the pain of longing, and singing about it every night, is too much to bear. Billy nearly falls off the wagon, struggling with his love for two very different women. Daisy has at last found someone who totally gets her but has to walk away - to rehab. Graham and Karen have their own issues, and Graham needs his brother’s attention at a time when Billy can’t give it. Camila understands everything but stands firm. Eddie is still pissed off. Pete and Warren are philosophical about the ride being over.
Not surprisingly, the book has been picked up and will be made into a 13 part TV series. It’ll be interesting to see how the script writers will deal with the disparate sets of recollections. The producers have a head start on one thing: Reid has penned lyrics for the songs mentioned in the book, which shed a little further light on the state of Daisy’s and Billy’s state of mind/heart. A unique book that really captures the soul of the 70’s rock scene. 4-5 stars.
Reviewed in Australia on 8 August 2021
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It did pick up pace towards the end, but I felt that nothing really happened other than the almost non-verbalised relationships between Daisy and the guy whose name I am struggling to recall
Firstly the writing is strange. It reads more as a script than a regular book. I can see why Amazon have snapped this up for a TV series as the Book is ready to go. The prose is set as a series of interviews years after the events retelling the story of the band. The interviews are stitched together to create the story arc. To begin with this is a jarring negative but actually makes the book incredibly easy to read (I flew through it).
Another negative aspect is the characters are a little cliché. cool diva star, controlling / flawed band leader, aloof bassist, wacky drummer, difficult lead guitarist, etc etc. If I would have predicted the characters I would have got most spot on. However, the characterization is incredible. These characters leap out the page fully formed and you feel you know them, half way through you are invested in most of them.
I am a fan of music and the era, so maybe I was an easy sell. But I found the narrative thrilling. The description of the music writing, the songs and the performances were great. The scene where the album cover is photographed was almost visual.
Look don't pick this up and expect anything deep, meaningful or high-brow. But it is one of the best quick diversion reads I have ever read. My only regret is that there was not an accompanying soundtrack, now THAT would have been great.
There isn't a plot. Take four or five seconds to imagine a pretty girl joining a band and there, you've already imagined all the nuances that this book has to offer.
There isn't any interesting writing to speak of - in fact, the interview style becomes grinding after a few pages, let alone several hundred pages of scarcely-drawn characters who all have the same voice.
The most telling detail of the quality within these pages is the glowing review on the back cover from noted literary critic and public intellectual Edith Bowman, who notes, "I thought all the characters were real." That is presumably to be taken literally and says all that we need to know about the target audience, given that poor old Edith once struggled to understand the complex metaphor at the heart of Rhianna's "Umbrella", moaning, "Why would she offer someone to stand under her umbrella? It just doesn't make sense!"
This isn't literature, it isn't fun and it isn't entertaining.
Written in an interview style and being about a successful band could make it hard to engage with emotionally, but wow does it do just that. You very quickly forget the style and fall for the various characters, and for me not the main ones necessarily in Daisy and Billy, I really liked some of the other band members and hangers on. You get sucked into all of their stories, how they viewed the same events very differently and rush through the pages as you desperately want to find out what happened.
Easily one of my favourite books of recent times that I’m recommending to all my friends. The only annoying thing is that I can’t now listen to their music or go to a concert...I felt the band was so real by the end that I almost googled them anyway!