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  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • Written by: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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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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Ya, it's a short book. But we have no idea about the ethos of Stevie Nicks, her deep thoughts, her worries, what she's most proud of. We don't get to know her at all. The fact is, she is hard to know, but also quite boring to an outsider. No apparent sense of humour. She always seems like a flat character to me.

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A Short, Informative Listen

Rob Sheffield gives us a short perspective on Stevie Nicks' place in rock history which I found to be a nice complement to her autobiography.

I have read criticisms of Sheffield's work that he gets carried away inserting lyrics into his writing. In other books, I have found this to be an effective and enjoyable technique, but I do find that he does it far too frequently in this book, but it doesn't take too much away from it for me; it's just mildly distracting.

I have listened to a number of Sheffield's books, and I really enjoy his voice and style of reading.

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  • kristen mukai
  • 2019-05-08

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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  • Raz
  • 2019-05-05

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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  • Jane Pilecki
  • 2019-05-09

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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  • M. Allen
  • 2019-05-06

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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  • Debbie
  • 2019-05-08

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-04

Sad groupie

This guy’s fawning was too much to take. I stopped listening after 15minutes. Really bad.

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  • TK
  • 2019-05-05

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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  • Alisha
  • 2019-05-03

love this book.

I stayed up all night to listen to it straight through. I've always loved her!

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  • Ben
  • 2019-05-09

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-03

Should have been called Stevie and Mac .

This book is more about the mechanics of Fleetwood Mac then Stevie Nicks. Got a little repetitious at times. But still a good read.

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