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Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Reese's Book Club + Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick

"My March pick is here! It’s Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it ROCKS. Literally. The story centers on the meteoric rise of a rock band in the '70s and its lead singers, Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, whose connection is as electric as the music they make together. It’s sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, people!! And the very best part?! Hello Sunshine is turning this into a TV show with Amazon Studios...so stay tuned for more updates!" (Reese Witherspoon)  

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.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, 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 20, 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 '70s. 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.

Includes a PDF of song lyrics from the book.

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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover.... Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.” (HelloGiggles)

“Reid’s wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year.” (Nylon)

“Reid delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and ’70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir... Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw.... Reid’s gift for creating imperfect characters and taut plots courses throughout this addictive novel.” (Publishers Weekly

“From the very first page you know this book is something special. Taylor Jenkins Reid brings insight and poetry to a story that’s utterly unique and deeply authentic, one that transports you to world of '70s rock - with all its genius and temptation and creativity - so completely it feels like you’re there.” (Katherine Center, author of How to Walk Away

“Reid’s writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction.” (Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost)

“Reid is a stunning writer whose characters are unforgettable and whose stories are deeply emotional.... Her most gripping novel yet.” (Emily Giffin, author of All We Ever Wanted

Editor's Pick

Better than being backstage
"Daisy Jones &The Six is the second novel I’ve listened to by Taylor Jenkins Reid (author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) and it’s also the second listen by her that I could not put down. It’s the behind-the-scenes story of the rise and abrupt split of one of the most iconic (fictional) bands from the '70s told through present-day interviews with the band’s members. It is mesmerizing—Reid creates a fluid story-arc through this unique format. Oh, and if you haven’t looked at the lineup of narrators for this production, you’re in for quite the treat. I could write paragraphs about how perfectly cast this story was—all I can say is that this group of performers transports you. Their characters’ pain, excitement, confusion, passion, and pride is palpable. This is truly my favorite listen (so far!) of 2019." —Laura M., Audible Editor

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  • MRD
  • beverly hills, california, United States
  • 03-30-19

Format breakthrough

A clip from the NYTimes book review by Eleanor Henderson: "But while it makes for a heady journey through the band’s ascent, the script format inherently limits our access to the characters’ innermost selves. The camera is locked on a tripod, the interviewees confessing their greatest fears and loves in the same shoulders-up shot for much of the novel. After a while, we long to get closer, to hear what the characters aren’t confessing on the record, or to zoom out, to take in more of the decade than its miniature backstage dramas. When only the characters narrate the story, their reminiscences can fall flat."

The reviewer is clearly referring to the print version here. I think this critique doesn't apply to the audio version with multiple narrators performing the "script." The voices are distinctive and nuanced, and they do provide the listener access to "the characters' innermost selves." Like all good dramatic storytelling, the characters evoke emotion through HOW they express themselves as much as through WHAT they express. That's not available when all you have is words on the page and no authorial intermediary commenting on the characters' inner states and outward behaviors. Others have said it here and on other sites, this book is uniquely suited to audio and takes the audiobook experience to a new level of listener engagement. For me, the story itself is nothing special and does not transcend the familiar tropes about rock stars/bands in the 70s. But the format, voice casting, and performances make it a truly compelling work of audio fiction.

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A Different Kind of Review

I have over 500 books in my Audible library, and I can say with confidence that "Daisy Jones and the Six" lands at the top for narration, along with "The Help" and "Outlander". Each narrator perfectly matches his or her character, and each narrator brings life and authenticity to this story.

That's the good news.

The bad news is the story itself. Overall, the story falls flat. When you watch a documentary about an actual band or singer, you have the advantage of knowing the music and knowing their singing voices. Without that to fall back on, all the descriptions of melodies and tunes and harmonies seem somewhat useless. As far as the characters, I felt both sympathy and disgust for them. Although the characters are voiced brilliantly, they stay true to the stereotypes you would expect. The endless drug usage became tiresome and I alternated between cheering them on and feeling tired of their dysfunctional lives. This book is much darker than I anticipated.

The biggest letdown for me, though, was the ending. I loved how some characters found redemption. In other places, I was very much taken aback. SPOILER ALERT: if you are at all sensitive to pro-life issues, avoid this book.

Although I have read other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid and enjoyed them, this is my third book as part of the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine reading group and I have not loved any of them; I will, most likely, avoid books marketed as part of this program in the future.

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Underwhelmed but not completely disappointed

So I thought I was going to take a step out of my normal genre of historical fiction - but I guess I really didn't. It did really feel like the 70's and I loved the format the author chose to tell the story of Daisy Jones and The Six - a documentary. Very unique and for an audio listener it was great since the person talking was identified so no need to try and keep characters straight at the beginning. However, I really expected a little more meat to the "story". This seems like a real tame story for the rock n roll era of the 70's but it did keep me entertained enough to keep listening. I am a little underwhelmed, given the raving reviews, of the story itself. The narration was top notch, very well done. Worth a credit and a home in my library, but not by much.

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Rich full of life and so real !

So I know this was a work of fiction and I was in High School during the time frame. So I kept thinking, I don’t remember the song Honeycomb and wait What does Daisy really look like?
I truly believed in all these people, beautiful story telling!!
Thank you!!

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Narcissistic, Boring people

It almost makes me sad to think that this is a glimpse at seventies rock band behavior. The main character is so narcissistic that it makes her boring and unreadable. I have to admit that I just can't finish the book to find out if she ends up having any redemptive qualities. I made it about 3/4s thru and I just can't anymore. That said, doubt I'll watch the made for TV version. I'm also a little surprised that Reese Witherspoon picked this book for her book club.

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Too many narrators

Didn’t like the format, too many narrators, too much transition, took away from story
Cumbersome, busy

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irritating one liners

I usually like anyting that she recommends. listening to constant one-liners some of them only four words long by a hundred different people does not a good book make pick another.

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great book

honestly when I first started listening for the first 45 minutes or so, it was a little confusing and hard for me to 100% commit to. However, once I recognized the different voices it made it so fun and different to listen to. The voices were on point and sounded just like a movie performing so perfectly. The style if writing made the book very enjoyable and look forward to listening to other titles by the author

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I wanted to love this book...

I was so excited when my book club chose this. I love music and strong female leads aren’t especially hard to come by - it seemed perfect! Much of the story is derivative (think “Almost Famous” meets Jen Sincero’s “Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer”), however the ending did have a more original twist, which I did enjoy.

While so many people are lauding Daisy as a voice of empowered womanhoood I can’t help but wonder what I’m missing. I found her to be weak and scared, turning to substances rather than confronting life’s problems. She did demand what she wanted out of her music and bandmates but went about it in a way that screamed entitlement rather than empowerment. It was all very “I want it now, Daddy” and I found her largely insufferable.

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  • CL
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Wow. Unbelievably good.

I never have a book bring me to tears. This one had me sobbing. Embarrassing sobs. What a beautiful well-written piece. Amazing.

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