The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (6,251 ratings)

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On the eve of her 2019 solo induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this audio dives deep into Nicks’s time as one-fifth of Fleetwood Mac and her equally astonishing solo career, exploring:


• How she grew up singing duets with her grandfather, a country singer, who fueled her love of music by buying her 45s

• Time spent waitressing and cleaning houses for a living, in the early 70s, while writing songs with one of her great loves, Lindsey Buckingham

• The twisted and tormented history of Fleetwood Mac, before she and Lindsey showed up

• The moment Stevie crystalized her vision of who she wanted to be in this rock & roll world

• Her affair with Mick Fleetwood during the Rumours tour and the rock & roll excess that was the making of Tusk

• Her enduring friendships with Tom Petty and Prince—and how much she misses them

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Publisher's Summary

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers. 

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy." With Stevie Nicks’s 2019 solo induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the time is right to uncover the stories behind the songs you love. Learn about the people, places, and events that have influenced her work—and why Nicks’ music is as powerfully alluring today as it was when you first heard it decades ago.  

Drawing from Rolling Stone magazine’s extensive archives, and his long time appreciation of Nicks, Sheffield shares the stories behind the best-selling records and the spitfire 1997 Fleetwood Mac reunion show that put the band back on top of the charts—and why Stevie Nicks still speaks to us today. A dynamic, revelatory sketch of the one-of-a-kind icon, The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks is a portrait as revealing as it is dazzling, as human as it is pure magic 

©2019 Rolling Stone, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Author and Performer

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the national best-selling author of Love Is A Mix Tape and Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. His most recent books include On Bowie and Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. His 2017 tribute to the Fab Four, Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World, has been called "the best book about the Beatles ever written" by Mashable, and was honored with the Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism. He lives in Brooklyn.

Photograph by Marisa Bettencourt.

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Big Fan of Stevie . . . But Not of This

Having seen Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac in concert in Atlanta in the 80s , I was really looking forward to this audio book. Wasn't expecting this drivel . . . ain't no meat on the bone here . . .

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As much Fleetwood Mac as Stevie

This audio is presented by a head over heels fan of Stevie Nicks and comes off that way. It is also is a condensed version of Fleetwood Mac history. I understand maybe can't do one without the other but I was really looking for more Stevie.

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Sheffield Doesn't Understand Music

While I appreciate the love of any band, Sheffield's neurotic fetish with Fleetwood Mac is just depressing. This performance is nothing but poor, fallacy-ridden half-cocked interpretations of FM lyrics, and horrendous puns on FM lyrics because Sheffield has minimal writing talent.

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A bad recap of Rolling Stone interviews

If you like cheesy quotes of Fleetwood Mac lyrics worked tenuously into a Wikipedia article, this audiobook is for you. If you’re a Stevie Nicks fan looking for some deeper insight into a complicated artist, look elsewhere.

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Written by a fan

This is the worst book I have ever listened to. The author admits he is a fan. As such, it is purely subjective with no objectivity. He doesn't seem to have use of any original descriptors, seemingly only using lyrics from Nicks's own songs to describe her. When I want to hear Nicks's lyrics, I will listen to her songs, which I love.

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Reads like fan mail

Didn’t finish. Story is dull and narrator’s voice is annoying. Maybe better read than listened to if you’re really into Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac. Cool thing is the reminder of how good Rumors is... gonna have to sit down and listen to that record again.

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Interested subject but poorly written.

I love biographies and autobiographies of musicians so this was an obvious choice but it was pretty disappointing. I recognized the narrator's voice, then noticed it was read by the author so I looked him up. I remember him from one of those vapid talking head vh1 shows where mincing hollywood insiders make snarky comments about performers trying to earn a living. I also saw that he'd written for rolling stone magazine, etc. No idea how someone that writes this way is this successful. Many, many much better biographies of musicians. At least this was free, I'd have definitely returned it otherwise.

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Good overview of Nicks and FM

Based on some of the reviews I thought it would be horrible. Took a chance anyway. It’s an entertaining listen with a great look at what makes Nicks and FM tick. I enjoyed it.

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No production value

You would get a lot more reading about Nicks and finding YouTube clips of interesting performances and not listen to this snooze fest.

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Gag

The Stevie worship was amazing! I wanted to hear a bio of Stevie Nicks. Not this. I listened for as long as I could take it. It really needed to be free.

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  • Tricia Cassel-Gerard
  • 05-08-19

Overview of Stevie’s relationship with Fleetwood Mac

I was interested in this because of my great admiration for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Obviously the main thrust of this essay is Fleetwood Mac. I didn’t feel particularly engaged or learn much about either group or Stevie herself. Fairly honest on the big issues the story never really gets going.

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