• The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7,032 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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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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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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  • TK
  • 05-05-19

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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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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  • Aoife Duffy
  • 01-26-20

Boring

No insights or something new, no real insight, pretty boring. thought their would . .

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  • David_J
  • 06-26-22

A blast from the past

Loved this and free too! Brought back many memories playing loads of songs now!

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 05-17-22

A short delight

Despite being a very short read this proved to be a very enjoyable biography of one of my favourite artists. I loved the constant use of lyrics to illuminate the text and use of Stevie's quotes on the topics.

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  • Victoria S.
  • 02-05-22

What an interesting life...the book captures the

drama and complexity of Stevie Nicks' life and the relationships that had a huge impact on the many songs she wrote

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  • Raymond Cordiner
  • 08-22-21

The wild heart of Stevie Nicks

Having listened to many Fleetwood Mac audio books and watched countless documentaries about the band, I thought I pretty much knew everything about them until I listened to this. This isn't only about Stevie but her relationship with the band and with her and Lindsay before meeting Mick. I thoroughly enjoyed this one

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  • E. McLaughlan
  • 08-19-21

a complete fan boy homage

Rob's infatuation with this enigma shines from every word, but one fan boy to another, that's good with me.

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  • Daniela
  • 04-17-21

A fan writing about his favorite artist

I thought it was going to be about Stevie Nicks, but it's mostly about the author's adoration of her. It didn't really engage me, and I really tried to get into it.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-22

really rock

A good invite into the story of a great singer songwriter and the rock band lifestyle

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  • Brett
  • 06-23-22

Great story about a great rock legend

Well presented, passionate and informative with great insights that makes yout re-discover all the love you had for Fleetwood Mac songs..... highly recommended

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  • MrsMcD
  • 05-05-22

Brilliant A great story

A real surprise! Loved this trip down memory lane. Well written and well read. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-22

Good Listen

To the point
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Didn’t drag on
I really enjoyed it, especially being a Stevie Nicks fan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

great insight into a great artist ☺️ a good 3 hour

loved it
well read and a good listen
interesting history on a top group
of musicians

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  • Rochelle
  • 11-02-21

reignited the flame

I grew up loving Fleetwood Mac ans especially Stevie.
this book washed away a wet weekend, and had me cranking up the stereo and re living the memories

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-21

Nostalgic trip

What a wonderful tribute to Stevie Nicks. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rob Sheffield’s memories and stories. I’ve been a long time fan but I still learnt a lot of interesting tidbits. I loved hearing the song lyrics peppered throughout and in the chapter titles. I’m going out to refresh my Stevie and Fleetwood Mac CD’s (yes, I still love old school CD’s) as it brought back so much nostalgia. A highly recommended read (well, listen).

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  • Melissa Dangerfield
  • 10-25-21

Maybe once Maybe twice

A wonderful account of Stevie Nix's music history with Fleetwood Mac and her solo career

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 10-21-21

A fitting homage to a great talent!

Rolling Stone journalist and narrator, Rob Sheffield shows he loves Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac warts and all in this gushy, informative rock history. Nicks has always been a popular but controversial figure and Sheffield presents her as unapologetically flawed. He covers Nicks’ pre-Mac days, her rocky relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, and paints a picture of Fleetwood Mac as an unstable band of individual talents who can create masterpieces when they put aside their infighting and affairs. Although I’ve noticed Nick’s solo albums, I hadn’t realised she is such a prolific songwriter and as so few of her songs make it onto Mac albums, she funnels the rest into her solo records. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through each band and solo album and had to keep stopping to listen to the amazing songs being discussed. Landslide is my favourite Nicks song, it’s impressively vulnerable - just putting it out there!

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  • Tarwen
  • 09-13-21

This book gave me chills… I love it

I have always been a fan of Stevies, I fell more in love with her when I saw her the American horror the coven she is an amazing artist and I learnt so much from this book