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Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel
Written by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (655 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

What the critics say

“Raw, emotive, and addictively voyeuristic, Daisy Jones & The Six is imbued with the same anguished heart that fuels the very best rock ‘n’ roll. Like my favorite albums, this book will live with me for a very long time.” (Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus)

“An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy...although the real power of this delicious novel is at its tender beating heart. It’s an anthem and a ballad and a marvel.” (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple

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Don't skip this book!

I am so glad I went with the audiobook for this title. Amazing. The multiple storytellers, the characters, what a performance! The way the story is told is unique, and pieced together flawlessly. You have to listen to this book!

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tears

This book was riveting, passionate, destructive, and beautifully written. Everyone really brought all the characters to life. Judy Greer - well, she is once of my favorites. Jennifer Beals - woman, you have always been a rock star in my universe. And the guys... Eddie was a brilliant character. Graham had my heart from the first chapter.

Listen to this book. It is so worth it.

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OMG

Just wow. I. Can’t. Breathe.

This audiobook was breathtaking. Everything about this story and the incredible performances dug deep. I can’t wait to see this as a TV series with amazon studios.... I just hope it won’t be a huge let down after this outstanding audiobook!!!!

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better then I ever expected

loved this novel. had never heard of it/them before. was so easy to listen to

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Sad it's done.

Great audiobook! It would make a fantastic screenplay. I couldn't stop listening to it! I highly recommend it.

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I want hear this album!!

narrators were fantastic and although the story is read by multiple narrators it is clear

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Riveting story, amazing narration by a full cast

The only complaint I have is that I can't run out and buy the record for this band. What an amazing story - it was captivating. The full cast for the narration was perfect and really brought to life the personalities of each character. The story was a wild ride but it was easy to understand the rise and fall of this band.

I'm glad there's a playlist by the "band" on Spotify because I'm definitely eager to hear some songs of the 70s. Wish some real life bands were this honest and introspective of their music, lyrics and lives!

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Fabulous listen

Loved,loved this book! So well written and narrated and so believable - hard to believe it is “fiction”.
Have recommended this to a number of people and they have loved it too.
Also loved her book Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo...Taylor Jenkins Reid created her own genre!

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Stays with you

I thoroughly loved this book, still thinking of it now after I finished it last week. I really wish this band was real so that I could listen to the songs over and over again! Audiobook version was an amazing experience. This book is smart, raw, and very believable.

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Heartfelt and heart wrenching my beautiful

This book was more than I ever thought it could be. The audible version is so captivating and draws you in until it breaks your heart and then makes it whole again. Beautifully written.

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  • MRD
  • 2019-03-30

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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  • D. Fields
  • 2019-03-23

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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  • Nicole Porter
  • 2019-03-15

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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  • Chaya
  • 2019-03-06

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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  • Christina Giles
  • 2019-07-02

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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  • Carrie Blair
  • 2019-06-25

Too many narrators

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

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  • Bennett
  • 2019-05-15

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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  • Alisia Ned
  • 2019-03-06

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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  • Stine
  • 2019-03-17

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
  • 2019-03-07

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-03-18

One for the books

This is such a moving tale. Reid did a beyond phenomenal job being able to capture the perspective of different figurative characters and move you in a way you did not think was possible. Filled with beautiful imagery and words, this makes for my top 10 favorite books of all time.