This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. .Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Random House Audio on March 5, 2019
Format: Hardback, Audiobook
Source: Bought, Library
A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.
Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 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.
I’m not going to talk about how I am late to the game reading this because it doesn’t need to be said, I have read it. Ok, I lie, I listened to it, I devoured it, I lived it!
I bought the book when it came out and I’ve been waiting for that moment when it was the right time to read it. I have heard all the praise, I did a bit of googling and I heard the best way to enjoy the book is by listening to the audiobook.
That audiobook! It’s pure genius and ecstasy to the ears!
You know the story, it’s a band in the 70s who have made it huge and they are telling the story, as they remember it, to what led them to their last ever gig in 1979. This is just immense.
Everything about the narration was spot on. I felt like they were real people being interviewed and everything they said sounded off the cuff and not that they were reading a book. The minutes where they had to add the laughter, the emotion, angry and then the moments where they struggled to speak, too choked up with emotion. My god, it got me and it broke me. The woman who played Daisy, my god her voice, it was perfection.
I didn’t want anyone to interrupt me when I was listening. I lost myself in that book, I was living the dream with the band. Everyone had their own demons, issues and quirks.
Daisy and Billy were battling demons, ones you knew were very real in that era. Making some poor life decisions as they try to muddle through. Daisy, yes she could be a bit of brat at times, but she was young, too young when exposed to the life but she grew up knowing her mind and what she wanted. Billy, he isn’t like the other men, well he is at the beginning but he met his love and he fought everything to keep hold of it. Yeah, he is a pain in the band, wants things his way but I admired him. Pair him and Daisy and the talent is off the wall but could also be explosive! Eddie, he was such an angry member of the band. Graham, Billy’s brother, struggles to understand a situation he does not want to be in. Karen, she was a woman, she knew her own mind and the rest of the supporting cast was superb. Camille, however, she just stole the show in her bits. She was a woman I could only dream of being like, such a beautiful soul. These were the main voices you hear, they told the story. I did love how everyone remembered things slightly different from each other. Like how they got their band name, what the lyrics mean in a song.
There were 2 endings I wanted but the one we got, well it was perfect. Made me sob. I had to go and sit in a room on my own for a few minutes to compose myself! Crazy I know but that’s how much the book affected me. I have a serious book hangover from this book, even once I have finished this review and my mind has cleared. I still won’t be over this book, no way.
Until next time xxx
This is the next one I have to read, but from the sounds of things I think it might be another audiobook listen – watch this space!
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