Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: March 5, 2019
Book Description: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody know 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. The making of the 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.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Review: I am writing this review after reading/listening to this book twice. I first read Daisy Jones & The Six the day it came out in early March. I have read every Jenkins Reid novel and absolutely adore her, so you know I was really looking forward to this one. However, I absolutely hated the format of the book, which is told in interviews. I just wanted it to be over. To say the least, I was very disappointed.
This brings me back to the July 4th Holiday, where I had an unexpected 10 hrs in my car, so I thought hey let me give this another shot, and downloaded the audiobook. I listened to this with my husband and in-laws and every one just loved this.
The audiobook is fully casted which makes all the difference in the world. Major actors were casted so it was not just read but acted. Even though I knew the story going in, the nuances you get from the audio or so much bigger than when you just read it.
I don’t want to spend too much time on the plot, because I feel that everyone knows what this is about already. This review is purely about format and in this case, audio wins. Also don’t be afraid to listen to this with spouses, partners or anyone else. I am 40 and my husband is 47 with my in-laws in their early seventies, and everyone just loved this book.