Review : Daisy Jones & The Six …
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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid …
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of several novels, including Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.
Book Synopsis … (taken from book cover, can be skipped ↴)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.
“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart.”―Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Washington Post • Esquire • Glamour • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • Marie Claire • Parade • Shelf Awareness • BookRiot
Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most.
By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
Book Genre …
Daisy Jones & The Six falls into the Fiction, Historical, genres.
About The Book …
See above in the synopsis for additional information.
As well as the kindle edition I bought the audible version just in case I wasn’t well enough to actually read the book.
The kindle edition has 357 pages and at my reading speed a suggested reading time of 5 hours 23 minutes.
On audible it has a listening time of 9 hours 3 minutes. It is narrated by: 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, who read it so well. Its not quite a drama but is read by several narrators playing each of the main protagonists. It’s nice and much easier to follow to have several narrators it feels easier to follow.
By the end of the challenge I could no longer read, not even on my kindle, and so I listened to the whole of this book on audio. I have to say, it was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The book is written so well and read so well too that you do question if it’s based on truth. The funny thing is I checked about three times during the course of listening to see if it was based on truth, because it’s that well written I kept thinking surely this has to be true.
But no, it’s fiction. I really don’t want to spoil anything for you so I will simply say it covers …
Why I Chose This Book …
I chose the book honestly because I got an Amazon email with it on offer for 0.99p for the kindle book and it had really good 5* reviews.
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and it was my least looked forward to. Yet, it is one of the most enjoyable of those I’ve read so far. I’m not sure if I’d have read the kindle book version or if it would have been as enjoyable but the audio was incredibly enjoyable.
How I Found The Book …
I enjoyed the audio book so much I listened twice in the allocated time for reading and I will definitely listen to this one over and over. I enjoyed the characters, especially Billy, Daisy and Camila, but I have to say all the characters were great.
It far exceeded by expectations as I wasn’t looking forward to this book as much as some.
Critical Comments …
I can’t find anything negative to critic with this book or with the author’s style. Both the storyline and the author’s style are easy and really work well as an audio book.
I do feel the style and themes reflected truth of the era and this is why it feels like a true story.
The main idea that the book highlights the implications of fame, and their are big implications if you’re trying to have a family. As well it also highlights the loneliness of such a life and how drugs and promiscuity are so easy to engage in. For me, it calls into question how enjoyable or envious ought we to be of stardom … I personally would never want a life this …
Lessons To Learn From The Book …
As discussed above, I realise this is not the life I would like. Not that I’ve ever yearned for anything like this.
But, hey, what an empty and heartbreaking time they all had in their own way. Not to be envied ….
Favourites Quotes …
Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people.
I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?
I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.
My Likes & My Dislikes …
See below …
Book Vs Movie …
No movie. But it would make an excellent movie.
Final Notes & Recommendation …
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It was a pleasant surprise because I really had no idea when I started it what it was about.
The storyline is very good and the audio book is great to listen to …
See below for my most important pros and cons in relation to the book.
The Important Bits …
Daisy Jones & The Six …
I bought Daisy Jones & The Six with my own money and all the views and opinions stated are my own. Anything in the review should not be used as law, it is simply my own honest and personal opinion. It is not medical advice, I am not medically qualified, and should not be used as such.
Please see Reviews Disclaimer … for my full disclaimer policy.