I’m aware that everyone and their dog have read Daisy Jones & The Six by now so this review is a little pointless. But hey if you haven’t read this yet I’m hoping this review will make you want to.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.
Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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.
When asking for book recommendations on Twitter one of my mutuals suggested this book, more specifically the audiobook. Now, I’ve had this sitting on my to-read on Goodreads pretty much since it came out, but never got around to buying it. Oh, boy am I glad I waited for someone to recommend the audiobook. This wasn’t just a story, it was an experience.
As someone that is still learning to love audiobooks, I was a little skeptical of reading this book in that format. I had heard so many amazing things about Daisy Jones & The Six and I did not want my neutral feelings towards audiobooks to ruin my experience with the story. I’m very happy to say I was proven very wrong. This is by far the best audiobook I have ever listened to and I don’t think anything will be beating it anytime soon.
From the get-go, I was completely immersed and invested in the story and for me to say that about an audiobook is huge. After listening to Daisy Jones & The Six I now have a new love for audiobooks and I actually started another one almost straight after. This book has shown me just how amazing audiobooks can be and I will always love it for that.
The book and story felt very personal and it really felt like the actors were speaking directly to the listener. This leads to my next point of the insanely talented voice actors. They gave an incredible performance that was emotive and wholly believable. At many points during my listen I questioned whether this was a true story or not. Turns out it isn’t but you could have fooled me.
My favourite character was Karen, hands down. I loved how spirited she was and how she never demeaned herself to fit into the music industry’s idea of what a woman should be. She was a real powerhouse and I’m excited to see Suki Waterhouse bring her character to life in the adaptation. Also, her actor for the audiobook had one of those voices that I could listen to forever.
As someone that loves a lot of bands from the 60s and 70s the story of Daisy Jones & The Six felt reminiscent of the rich history of the music industry at that time. Greater scandals have not been heard of since. Well until this book was published. The relationships within the band were the most interesting aspect for me. It isn’t uncommon for those in a band together to form connections and I really enjoyed how it all played out here.
I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook version of Daisy Jones & The Six if you haven’t already. It is an incredible experience that I will never forget. Honestly, it feels like a waste to read this book in any other format.
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