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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

Critic Reviews

“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Taylor Jenkins Reid transported me into the magic of the ’70s music scene in a way I’ll never forget. The characters are beautifully layered and complex. Daisy and the band captured my heart, and they’re sure to capture yours, too.” (Reese Witherspoon) 

“This stylish and propulsive novel, presented in the form of an oral history, explores the ascent of a (fictional) hard-partying, iconic 1970s rock band. It reads like the transcript of a particularly juicy episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music.’" (The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice)

Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover.... Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.” (HelloGiggles

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I kept waiting for something to happen in this book. It never did. What a waste of a credit.

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What a gripping writing style and narration !

This book grabs you from. Word 1! The story is written in such a way that it feels almost as though you're a part of the book itself. EXCELLENT NARRATION - especially the choice of Jennifer Beales as the main character. It is gripping!

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4.52 stars - top notch audio

This story takes us back into the 1970s rock scene, and feels entirely authentic. I can’t imagine the print version of this novel is as good as the audiobook. Daisy Jones & The Six is narrated by some of the best narrators in the business, a full cast. This format doesn’t work in some cases, but it certainly does here. The audio version reminds me of a documentary-type memoir told from various perspectives. Still, the story is easy to follow and progresses chronologically. Though it’s a fictional story of a 70s rock band, it feels real. I don't normally give 5 stars in all three categories, but I predict great success for this audiobook. Overall rating: 4.52 stars

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Disappointed.

Once again I am super disappointed in a Reese Witherspoon book of the month(it’s been pretty hit or miss). I don’t quite understand the hype about some of these books and how they get such high ratings. Additionally, the style of this book is difficult to follow. I tried and tried, but I finally gave up. I thought there would be more of a significant story that would capture my attention, but there really wasn’t anything of interest.

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