Gold Dust Woman

The Biography of Stevie Nicks
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (686 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock biographers" (the Boston Globe) his ideal topic: Nicks' work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsay Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the "shot of adrenaline" they needed to become real rock stars - according to Christine McVie - Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard:

  • How Nicks and Buckingham were asked to join Fleetwood Mac and how they turned the band into stars
  • The affairs that informed Nicks' greatest songs
  • Her relationships with the Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and with Fleetwood himself
  • Why Nicks married her best friend's widower
  • Her dependency on cocaine, drinking, and pot, but how it was a decade-long addiction to Klonopin that almost killed her
  • Nicks' successful solo career that has her still performing in venues like Madison Square Garden
  • The cult of Nicks and its extension to chart-toppers like Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks

©2017 Stephen Davis (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Entertaining and partially accurate picture

Enjoyable book to listen to, with at times to little information, while other times, too much. Putting it up against other books I have read or listened to about Ms Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, there seems to be many differing opinions. Much of this book was compiled from other books, interviews and public record. I found many discrepencies between this book and my 2 other sources of information, both first hand accounts; Mick Fleetwoods autobiograpy "Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac" and "Making Rumours", by Ken Caillat, the engineer/producer of the best Fleetwood Mac album ever made, in my opinion, and I highly recommend both to true Fleetwood Mac fans, actually all 3, as I have to include "Gold Dust Woman". Well worth the read, very entertaining, interesting and pleasent to listen to.

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Wow!

A candid and open biography on the life of Stevie Nicks. Some of the material in this book cross reference easily with the books “Storms” by Carol Ann Harris on her life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac, and Making Rumours by Ken Callait. So a lot of the information I’d heard through reading these aforementioned books. However there were quotes from interviews I’d never heard so it offers a pretty darn good mix of information. I found it to be wistful, and tragic and triumphant at the same time because that’s what her life was. She’s a trooper! 5 stars all around!

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Excruciating to listen to

The narrator is by far the worst I’ve ever heard. If I ever see her name on any title again, I’ll avoid like the plague. I sped up the playing speed by 1.5 to get through it quicker as she talked too slow and did horrible voice lowering when quoting a male and a ridiculous British accent when quoting the British members of Fleetwood Mac. The book itself isn’t very well done. The long lists of Welsh names, band names, articles of clothing left me rolling my eyes. I’m a hardcore Nicks fan but this was a less than stellar work.

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Disappointed

The narrator was really awful, I wasn't sure I could make it the whole way though.

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A Better Understanding

After listening to this, I have a much better understanding of the meaning behind the lyrics to Stevie's songs. I strongly recommend this to any Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac enthusiast!

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The Goddess Unveiled

I am an unabashed worshipper at the alter of Stevie Nicks. I hated music until I heard Players and then suddenly everything just avalanched me. She really is the poet of my heart, and that is why I had to get this book.

Now, I found a lot of the information fascinating and interesting as well as entertaining. I'm not even remotely a stalker type fan, so there are tons of facts about her that I did not know. So, each morsel was a tasty tidbit that I relished.

I know from looking at some of the reviews preceding mine that there were people assinine to complain that Stevie hadn't written the book herself. Well, let me tell you brilliant people that most biographies are not the AUTO type. There are hundreds of books based on Abe Lincoln, and he never wrote one of them. So get over it.I could also understand if it was an UNAUTHORIZED version of her life that spilled some beans she wanted kept quiet, but this consists of interviews and accounts, so no dice there. It is a solid biography from top to bottom.

The problem? The narration. She is bloody awful, and I knew it two minutes in, she tries to swap gender and do accents, but fails miserably on both counts, but beyond that her reading is simply atrocious. It was a chore to listen to; if I was not so interested in the subject, and could just read I would have stopped and given up. Thankfully, Stevie's life just commands attention and you work through it. I looked at it like I was just lifting weights and feeling the burn, knowing that getting through the pain I'd end up better for it.

So, is it worth it? Yes, but you have to overlook the narration.

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Informative and Entertaining!

From second one, this story grabs your attention and holds you by the tips of your fingers, reaching for just a little more of Stevie. Being the witchy woman she is, her story is an amazing one of sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, love and torture, whether self-inflicted or otherwise. This book takes you from the backstory of Fleetwood Mac to the present. Good story. Everyone should hear this one.

Narrator did a great job. Her voice is great, and she changes it with each character, keeping the same tone for each... very talented narrator. I will look for her again.

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The narration was brilliant

I loved how she sounded when she was doing English accents whenever quoting Mick Fleetwood or Christine McVie. Riveting tale, and Stevie Nicks is truly an inspiration to me.

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Good Research, Good Writing, Good Insight

I enjoyed this book, and would have finished it sooner had I not stopped so often to listen to the songs described. Nicks' career is pretty amazing, which is common knowledge. I appreciated the details of her life away from the stage and studio, although, like a lot of celebrities, her life at times seemed pretty grim. In the end, the book was inconclusive as to whether her success was worth the sacrifices she made, but I guess that perception is up to us based on the evidence presented. Ms. Delaine was an excellent narrator.

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Epic. Life and bio.

Juicy, in-depth life story of a Rock goddess; may have to listen again. It's that good.

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