A number of folks at my work suggested this book, and specifically said it was great on audio and since my commute is grossss (hour or hour 15 one way) I’m always on the look for not just any audiobook, but one that makes my time on the road worth it. In addition, it’s a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I’ve been delighted by her choices that I’ve read so far: see also The Library Book, Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fine.
This was a really delightful and fun read! Reid has written the true story of the break-up of Daisy Jones & The Six, a hit band from the 1970s but the remarkable thing is that it’s fictional. It jumps back and forth between different band members, and those associated with their success, as interview vignettes with an unnamed interviewer.
The “truth” is relative in this tale as each person gets their chance to tell their perspective of the same events. Some have criticized this book for lack of action or story, but I think Reid does an amazing job making these characters, and their history real and seamlessly a part of 1970s Americana. She really takes you on a journey following each person over the course of the bands upward trajectory. The voice cast was outstanding: Pablo Schreiber, Benjamin Bratt, Jennifer Beals, and Judy Greer among others really bring the story alive. With a different and unique actor for each character it really feels like a true musical introspective, a la VH1 behind the music.
The characters in this book are endlessly quotable, as they look back on who they used to be, from nobodies to one of the most famous bands in the country. And Daisy is a real “take no crap” kind of woman. “I used to care if men said I was difficult. I stopped caring. That was better.” Not to mention the other women in this book are equally awesome: strong, smart, and interesting. Sure there aren’t really twists and turns, but it is a fascinating look at sex, drugs, and rock and roll and a book I am recommending to ev-er-y-one.