If you’re keeping up with the modern literary world, then you’ve probably seen Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
It’s all over social media. It was selected as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick for March and Book of the Month featured it among their five choices. It’s rumored that Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine is slated to produce a 13 episode television show. If you’re on the fence about reading it because the format and style is different then what you’re used to, that’s fair. I was hesitant too.
Daisy Jones & The Six is an oral history of a 1970s rock band chronicling all things sex, drugs and rock and roll. Perhaps the most mesmerizing and equally infuriating part of this entire book (at least for me) is that Daisy Jones & The Six is not a real band. This book is so well written and so expertly developed each character that it made me wish I could stream their music on Spotify.
Taylor Jenkins Reid brilliantly crafted relationships between her characters that was matched with the kind of complexities and intimacy that makes classic music so great. It was clear she was inspired by artists whose chemistry was undeniable to the point of becoming romantically involved with bandmates. It had the creative intensity that fueled bands like Fleetwood Mac woven into every page.
If you are still undecided about picking up Daisy Jones & The Six, try the audio book.
The writing style can be difficult to read. Try the audio book if you find this to be true for you. I have recently started to dabble into audio books. I actually wrote about the paperback versus Kindle Paperwhite debate. However, I still think there is a magic in being able to hold on to a book and flip through its pages. I prefer audio books for certain genres, though. Memoirs read by the author feel far more intimate than if a voice actor was reading words off a page. When I’m home, I like to fill the silence with music, a television show, podcast or audio book. This is especially true when I have to multi-task. It makes me feel productive, so I roll with it. The listening time for Daisy Jones & The Six is 9 hours and 3 minutes.
While I haven’t listened to many audio books, this one stood out. Each character had his or her own voice. It featured Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Pablo Schreiber and Judy Greer. It was so well-written that I felt like I was listening to a documentary. In my mind, the magnificently written questions and answers pieced over footage and b-roll. I can’t praise this audio book enough because it gave depth and dimension to these characters. I could visualize everything as they spoke. They felt natural and real, which is an extraordinary feat, considering its centered around an entirely fictional band.
Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six? Let us know what you thoughts are!
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