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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Daisy Jones and the Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: March 2019
Published by: Random House Audio
Format Read: Audiobook, Audible
Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

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 and 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.

Cast List: Daisy Jones, read by Jennifer Beals; Billy Dunne, read by Pablo Schreiber; Graham Dunne, read by Benjamin Bratt; Eddie Loving, read by Fred Berman; Warren Rhodes, read by Ari Fliakos; Karen Karen, read by Judy Greer; Camila Dunne, read by January LaVoy; Simone Jackson, read by Robinne Lee; Narrator/Author, read by Julia Whelan; Jim Blades, read by Jonathan Davis; Rod Reyes, read by Henry Leyva; Artie Snyder, read by Oliver Wyman; Elaine Chang, read by Nancy Wu; Freddie Mendoza, read by P.J. Ochlan; Nick Harris, read by Arthur Bishop; Jonah Berg, read by Holter Graham; Greg McGuinness, read by Brendan Wayne; Pete Loving, read by Pete Larkin; Wyatt Stone, read by Alex Jenkins Reid; Hank Allen, read by Robert Petkoff; Opal Cunningham, read by Sara Arrington

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

Daisy Jones and the Six was one of the most hyped up releases of 2019 and as soon as I read its synopsis, I knew it was the book for me. A music related novel about a band from the 1970s was right up my alley. It is safe to say that with a 5 star rating, Taylor Jenkins Reid, didn’t disappoint.

I had a hard time deciding whether to read this book or listen to it in audio format. After seeing many reviews from other readers, I decided that listening to it would be the best choice for me. Although I do plan to eventually purchase a physical copy, because it was just that good. The all star cast did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life. In fact, I often got so lost in the audio that I forgot I was listening to a fictional story, and not a behind the scenes feature on a real band. It felt so real, raw and took this listener on an emotional roller coaster. The song lyrics were so captivating and made me long to be able to really listen to them.

Weeks after completing Daisy Jones and the Six, I still feel hung over as it is one of the best books I’ve listened to/ read in a long time. I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook and I can’t wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Somebody make this into a movie, already!

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