Sunday, May 19, 2019

Daisy Jones and the Six; Taylor Jenkins Reid


AUTHOR:  Taylor Jenkins Reid
PUBLISHER:  Random House Audio
PUB. YEAR: 2019
SETTING:  mostly CA
FORMAT:  - audio (9 hrs)
RATING - 4/5

I'm pleased that I decided on the audio version of this book with its (4) different narrators, which made for some very distinct and enjoyable story telling. This is an interview style driven story and although at times the voices sounded depressed or drugged, it worked well considering the book was about sex, drugs and rock n roll.

Set in the 1970's, a booming time for the music industry, Daisy Jones is just a pretty young teen of 14 who happens to have a voice like Janis Joplin.  Her parents are hippies and not into parenting, as a result, she stays out all night and hooks up with LA's Sunset Strip jet set.  Her dream is to write songs but, with her dynamic voice it isn't long before she is a natural for to Billy and Graham Dunne's band, The Six.  The group is an overnight sensation.  Billy and Daisy marry and have a love/hate relationship fueled by drugs and alcohol.  Their story, much like a train wreck, is hard to turn away from.

Initially, I was playing on passing on this book, but when I read the analogy to: Fleetwood Mac, a group I just loved, I had to try it for myself.  I loved hearing the stories of various group members, so passionate about their music and very much into living for the moment.  The story was a very fun trip to an earlier time when music was everything it seemed.  The music scene is beautifully captured by this author and while some of the characters seemed to recall important events a bit differently, the overall story worked well.  The band split for good in 1979. 

16 comments:

  1. I am still on the fence with this one. Maybe I'll get it on Audible when I can't think of anything else to get with my credits.

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  2. I was going to read this but decided not to. Glad you liked it though.

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  3. I thought the audio production was fantastic but thought the book was just okay.

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  4. It does sound like a good listen to me!

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  5. I am a lifelong Rock fan. For this and other reasons this book sounds very appealing to me. I might give it a read over the next few months. The music scene can be fascinating.

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  6. This audio book sounds fascinating. The interview style of this is a good way to present the material. I'm not sure if I've heard this band's music--is it part of this audio book? Excellent review, Diane!

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  7. I'm on the fence with this one, just like Les. If I try it, it'll definitely be on audio.

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  8. I read the actual book back in March. I didn't know if I would really like it at all do to the way it is written, in interview style. I ended up really liking it, and yes it reminded me of Fleetwood Mac, and the character Daisy as a thinly disguised Stevie Nicks.

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  9. I loved the print version so I bet the audio was amazing.

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  10. I keep reading good things about this book, but cant' figure out why I haven't read it yet. Fleetwood Mac was awesome so that is definitely a draw.

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  11. Yes the audiobook of this one was the way to go! It was a really good production by all the characters. I like how you say it was: "an earlier time when music was everything." Yeah those were the days ....

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  12. Oh, I have been hearing such great things about this novel! And it sounds like it was great on audio - that might be the way to go with this one. I need to get this one - thanks for the review!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  13. I've been planning on skipping this as well, but I keep reading so many positive reviews!

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  14. One of my reading groups has this picked for our June read. I can't wait!

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  15. I finally broke down and requested this as an audiobook from my library - it has a 19 week wait! I might have to break down and buy it!

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  16. I can't wait until my hold comes in at the library -- I've heard so many good things about this book and it's great to hear you enjoyed it, too.

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