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For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.

Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn't believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.

The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.

Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

351 pages, Hardcover

First published March 5, 2019

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid.

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803 reviews1,004 followers
August 15, 2020
Have you ever felt like there were two versions a book out there. There's the version everyone you know read. The one with the raving reviews. The one that everyone loved. Then there is the version you read. The one that is underwhelming and dry and was nothing at all like what you expected it to be. Have you ever felt that? Because I feel that sometimes.

This is one such time.


Seriously though, did I read the same book as everyone else?

I was hoping beyond all hope that this would be my first 5-star book of 2019. Yeah, that's right, it's officially April, the FOURTH MONTH OF THE YEAR, and I have yet to read a book that blows me away. And with all the hype around this one, I was really hoping this would be it.

It was not!


So, maybe I'm heartless. Maybe I'm just uncool and don't understand what the cool kids are into these days. Maybe this book has some deeper meaning that my immature mind just could not comprehend. Maybe I just suck. Maybe this book secretly sucks too.

Maybe it just wasn't for me.

It was probably that last one.

But also maybe not.

First of all, these characters. I disliked them all. And I know that they aren't supposed to be likable. They are actually all supposed to be total a**holes. I get that. But even horrible people need to be likable, or at least interesting for the book to work. I personally didn't care for any of them.

Daisy was a total brat. She was mean and spoiled and I just wanted someone to slap some sense into her. She was also the most special of all the snowflakes. It was always mentioned how she was just naturally better than everyone else, how everything came easy to her, and how she was just so absolutely amazing.

Billy was also a jerk, although he was written to be a bit sympathetic. He's a crappy husband and a terrible friend and just overall controlling and kind of annoying.

All the other characters feel only half developed and kind of irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, I didn't like this. Obviously. 

I thought I would love it. I didn't. Many of you would like it, I think. It's obvious by the hype that a lot of you do.

The book is told through interviews and is very character oriented, meaning that there is basically no actual objective to the plot. That said, I didn't like the characters so this book was not a good match for me.

I hope you like it if you do read it though! Maybe you will have better luck with it!

TW: excessive drug use and addictions, alcoholism, abortion, divorce, toxic marriages

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317 reviews116k followers
September 20, 2019
Daisy Jones & the Six is a masterpiece. Incredible. Intoxicating. Unforgettable. Truly one of the most remarkable stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The moment I finished, I had to immediately start from the beginning again. I refused to let go. And yes, I did read it twice in a row.

CW: substance abuse/addiction, abortion

Set in the mid sixties – late seventies, Daisy Jones & The Six transports readers to the most iconic age of rock n’ roll. The atmosphere and story composition create and authentic tale that I almost refuse to believe isn’t real! Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master of fiction – her characters possess an uncanny ability to charm readers and settle into their hearts. Her novels are multi-faceted and unlike any other books I’ve read, especially due to the oral history storytelling of Daisy Jones. (Side note – the audiobook? SPECTACULAR. If you have access to the audio version, you will not want to miss this experience) Full of timeless quotes, glamourous scandals, and heart-breaking loss, Daisy Jones & The Six has absolutely climbed to the top as one of my favorite books of all time.

FUCK! THIS BOOK IS SO FEMINIST! The women in this book are all so powerful and dynamic. There are so many strong messages about women empowerment, taking no one’s shit, supporting other women, and demanding credit where it’s due. Even the smaller side characters are them much more layered than most supporting characters, as we explore their own storylines. Plus the relationships between all of the women, (Karen & Daisy, Karen & Camila, Camila & Daisy – even Daisy and little Julia made my heart swell!) are wholesome, unique, and authentic. Especially for a story with a bit of a love triangle, I could not be happier with the superb study of the experience of women.

I also was left so touched by the exploration of addiction. It’s a disease very close to my heart and I’m so, so pleased with how Taylor Jenkins Reid captured the dark, devastating nature of it. The story of both Billy and Daisy’s respective addictions bring light to the glamorization of drugs of this time, while not glamorizing it themselves. This book exposes the truth about substance abuse while simultaneously carrying an air of hope and recovery for those who may be in a similar situation. I’ll stand by this novel my grave as one of the greatest fictional stories of addiction ever told.

And oh gosh, THE MUSIC! I just have to give a shout out to the author for writing so many superb original songs with their own distinct voice and sound. I cannot WAIT for the series to come out so I can finally hear these marvelous lyrics sung the way they should be. Again, I REFUSE to believe this isn’t a real band.

I have so few complaints about this book, and honestly, they are so minuscule compared to the novel’s countless strengths. I felt the main plot twist wasn’t all that shocking and the ending could have been stronger compared to the rock-solid build up, but I’m so enchanted by this book that I’m totally unbothered.

In sum, read Daisy Jones & The Six. Prepare to have your mind rocked by the story of a band that wanted to change the world, so they did.
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1,921 reviews290k followers
March 19, 2019
I know many people loved this book, and it's not as if I don't see why, but this choice of narration just really didn't work for me. I found Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo absolutely riveting from the very first chapter, but I thought the decision to write this book entirely in interview transcripts made it really boring and emotionless.

Daisy Jones & The Six is essentially a band documentary transcript. I'm sure most of you have seen a band documentary before. Former band members, their managers, and their friends are all interviewed, and the screen switches between them speaking and images/footage of the band in their prime. This is like that, but without the images to accompany it. Members of The Six, their acquaintances, and Daisy herself, recount the history of the band's rise and fall.

I just… nothing interested me. I didn’t care when they were bickering about how song lyrics should go. Or when they were talking about the sex and drugs lifestyle. They just fly around, play gigs, do drugs, all while Daisy is being a brat and Billy is cheating on his wife. They are the only two characters of interest and they both irritated me.

Perhaps it is because this is a perfect example of what they say a writer shouldn't do: all tell, no show. I mean, that's the nature of having it be an interview transcript. The characters just talk about their experiences, and it all felt very cold and detached. I wasn't immersed in the story; I wasn't experiencing it.

I actually kept reading because the book seemed like maybe it was building to something good. It all feels like its leading up to a shocking climax at their last concert, but even the mystery surrounding that was unsatisfying for me. I was expecting something more juicy and exciting.

Oh well. I do think it had a bit of a cool 1970s LA music scene vibe going on. The whirlwind of sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and all that. But it wasn't enough for me. I think the story would have been far more compelling written in the author's usual style. She seems quite good at writing about strong feisty women who get caught up in a vicious industry, but that didn't come across as well here.

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460 reviews162k followers
January 8, 2023
I enjoyed this one quite a bit! I feel like if I were to have read it physically I wouldn't have liked it as much due to the choppy writing style and the constant switching of perspectives. I definitely understand why this one is getting adapted and I'm excited to see how they execute it. I think my favorite thing about Taylor Jenkins Reid's books is her ability to write characters that feel incredibly real.
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505 reviews18.1k followers
October 14, 2022
Daisy Jones & The Six chronicles the rise to superstardom of the fictional band that came to define rock 'n' roll in the late 1907s, as well as the troubles that subsequently led to the band splitting up seemingly overnight and its members never playing together again.

Going in, I was a little bit wary that I wouldn't connect with this story. I wasn't alive during the 1970s and rock 'n' roll isn't my preferred music genre, so I don't have much in common with the book's settings. But this is Taylor Jenkins Reid, so of course I was hooked right from the start.

Told via interview transcripts of band members and various friends and family, it reads like an intimate first person account. I know some readers felt this interview format made the book feel a bit impersonal, but it had the opposite effect for me. When you can see into so many characters, it automatically makes all them feel real and fleshed out, with their individual personalities, quirks, and baggage.

The story is raw and evocative, filled with sweet, complicated characters I can't help but connect with. There's complexity and nuance in the way Reid captures the relationships between the band members, each flawed in their own way. With their every success, I cheered for them. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what happens next.

For me, the only small letdown was the ending. To be fair, I can't quite separate out if my disappointment is just that I wish the band had stayed together forever, making music and being happy, instead of splitting up. I wanted certain things to happen with the story, but they obviously didn't, and that left me with an unfinished feeling.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the sort of author who can write about anything, even a topic that I have no interest in or knowledge of, and still make it riveting and poignant. Even though this is an account of a fictional group, I found myself wishing they were real so that I could bask some more in the magic of this band.

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See also, my thoughts on:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Carrie Soto Is Back
Malibu Rising
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1,425 reviews9,022 followers
February 5, 2023
The 1970's was an amazing decade for music. The Rock genre took the world by storm, selling out arenas and gathering heretofore unheard of crowds of obsessed fans.



Groups such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, AC/DC, and Queen were living large with lifestyles infused with sex, drugs and rock and roll.

This novel is a fictional profile of one such band, Daisy Jones & the Six.



Told via a highly creative interview format, Daisy Jones & The Six is an exceptional example of that format done wisely. This felt like an episode of VH1's Behind the Music on steroids!

We follow the band from its inception, through the process, ups-and-downs and the dynamics between the various members of the group.



I have to admit that Daisy was a frustrating character for me. I found her to be selfish and frequently wished I could shake some sense into her.

My favorite character by far was Karen. I really connected with her and could read an entire novel with her as the main focus.



I started my read of this switching back and forth between my hard copy and the audiobook.

Roughly 35% in, it was clear that the audiobook is absolutely the best way to inhale this story. I highly recommend that experience.



The full cast truly draws you in. I felt like these people were real.

I was left wanting to hear their songs, buy their album and hang their posters on my wall. Billy had me fangirling like I was in Junior High School again.



This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid and I was definitely impressed. She writes with such skill. I cannot wait to pick up some of her other books.

Obviously, Evelyn Hugo will be next. I just hope the hype for that holds up as well as this one did!

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2,480 reviews29.8k followers
October 22, 2019
i finally got my hands on the audio of this and it is everything i thought it would be - the authenticity, the intrigue, the drama, the rock n’ roll, the emotion. this is a masterpiece and the six are the life and soul of this story. i CANNOT wait for the day when their songs become streamable on spotify.

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there has been some sort of mistake. this book is labelled as fiction, but that cant be right. there is no way these people arent real and nothing you say will convince me otherwise. daisy jones & the six were the greatest rock ’n roll band of the 70s and thats the tea, henny.

but in all seriousness. TJR is taking this genre of faux-biographies/interviews and really making it a thing; but more specifically, her thing. between this and ‘the seven husbands of evelyn hugo,’ there is proof that fiction will forever be more appealing than nonfiction. no real life event could be told like the way TJR tells her stories. i am just in awe of her capabilities as an author.

‘daisy jones & the six’ is so unique, so edgy, so sexy, so daring, so raw. its everything i could want and hope for from a story about a rock ’n roll band. and if i had such an amazing experience reading this, i cant even imagine what listening to the audiobook will be like (i kind of wish i had done that first, just because of how the story is presented as a compilation of commentary from interviews) - its gonna blow my tiny little mind! i honestly cant wait!

5 stars
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525 reviews56.8k followers
June 15, 2019
IS THIS AS GOOD AS THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO?

That was my main question when I picked up this book. Sadly, no.

There was a lot of potential but I felt like the story wasn't flesh out enough. I highly recommend listening to this one as an audiobook due to the format (interviews).

Reminded me a bit of A Star Is Born, but maybe less tragic and with a very confident main female character. The characters were definitely attaching but I felt like there should have been more. 300 pages of interview is quite short.

Overall good, would recommend but not a favorite!
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291 reviews884 followers
August 24, 2019
Apparently I read a different book than everyone else. Or maybe my brain just thinks it's funny to make me hate hyped books idk.

This didn't touch me whatsoever. I was bored and the story and some actions of the characters felt repetitive to the point that I skipped some paragraphs. Everything was so predictable and dialogues even felt pretentious sometimes. Trying to be meaningful while actually being pseudo deep (like 80% of tumblr u know?).

Sure, this had some great quotes and some funny bits in it but.. that's about it.
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238 reviews27.9k followers
March 25, 2021
4th read: march 2021 (audiobook)
★★★★

3rd read: april - june 2019 (physical)
★★★★★
yep this is my third time reading this book. i just adore it with my whole heart. this time i physically read it and annotated it, and it was everything.

2nd read: 29-31 march 2019 (audiobook)
★★★★★
UGH I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS BOOK

1st read: 14-15 march 2019 (audiobook)
★★★★★

cw: drug use, alcoholism, addiction, abortion
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321 reviews150k followers
June 27, 2020
Update: it is with a heavy heart that I must announce not a single tear was shed. I felt nothing. I did not actively dislike this book, and there are things I actually liked about it. I just did not care about any of it. The voice actors did a pretty good job, though.

On a scale of 1 to irreversibly devastated, how much will this book hurt?
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Author 46 books65.7k followers
April 19, 2020
I expected this to be good because of the hype but this was truly one of the best things I've read in a long time. And it was MADE to be an audiobook. I'd love to write something like this someday.
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1,472 reviews19.1k followers
December 20, 2022
(Review from original 3/5/19 read-through): I listened to the audiobook and I gotta say, Taylor Jenkins Reid has knocked it out of the park again. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. This audiobook was one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to and I am SO GLAD that I decided to take in the story that way. It was narrated by a full cast and I just about died when my girl Judy Greer started speaking in my ear as the voice of Karen Karen. Seriously y'all, so fucking good. I WILL SAY, the reason I'm giving this a 4 and not a 5 is because the book as a whole ends a little unspectacularly. There's so much build up and tension throughout the course of the book and the ending just did not live up to what came before it. I do still HIGHLY recommend you check it out though, and 100% recommend the audiobook. What a wild ride.

TW: copious drug use, alcoholism, addiction, abortion
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184 reviews67.1k followers
April 9, 2022
3.8 ⭐️
i enjoyed most of this but i highly believe it was the best in the very beginning and at the very end. i read this with the audio book and honestly only recommend reading it with the audio book.

it’s a whole ensemble of narrators that really hit the nail on the head with each character. i’m convinced i only enjoyed it because i had the audiobook along side me. for the way it’s written and the format it uses, it works.

the actual story was simply just ok. i wasn’t wowed away like i usually am with other TJR books. this one is definitely at the bottom but i don’t regret reading it. i was happy with the ending and was satisfied.

i enjoyed most of the characters, tbh i only cared about Graham and Karen for most of it and then Daisy and Billy towards the end. i respect and admire the way addiction is written in this book. reading daisy’s and billy’s struggle with addition and how it affected all those around them was much appreciated.

can’t wait for the tv adaptation ☺️
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65 reviews8,378 followers
March 19, 2020
5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story. ”


Oh fuck. I'm a mess. I'm such a hot mess. I feel like Daisy on crack. I'm a crying mess, I'm a screaming mess, I'm a heartbroken mess. How the fuck am I supposed to continue on with my life now after this book has happened? Could you people do it? I NEED A SEQUEL OR A MOVIE OR A SERIES OR SOMETHING! I'm literally on Youtube right now, trying to find a cover of these songs or anything. I'm so deep I'm gonna fall off. I'm supposed to watch the Oscars in a few hours, and here I am, crying over a fictional rock band.

I have had such a weird history with this book from the get go. You can check out the date I started reading it, fucking March of 2019. You know it's February of 2020 now right? Yeah. I read a 100 pages of this book on March of 2019, in book format and then my book hiatus started. It wasn't because of this book, it just happens to me from time to time. I remember I actually bought it right after I started hearing all the buzz about it, and after having loved her previous work I knew I was gonna love this. But I couldn't have known it would change something in me.

And then we come to today. I'm back from my book hiatus, ready to read some good things because it comes back again. And after I read 2 books this year, I saw that I had left this one behind. So, to make things easier for myself, I decided to listen to the audiobook. Which was so praised by everyone when it came out. I have never listened to an audiobook, I can't find myself concentrating to it. Maybe it's because I'm bilingual, or that my mind can't linger on to something for a very long period of time, idk. But I knew this particular audiobook would enhance my experience. Therefore, I started a 30-trial on audible, downloaded it and started listening while also reading it.

It's one of those books were you check if the band was real, if the people actually existed and you're so convinced it's true. You just know they do because this book feels like it. I feel like calling these people and hear their stories and struggles and worries. I feel like I want to meet them and talk to them. I feel like I want to be them, despite their flaws. That's how perfectly constructed most of these characters are.

I don't know how this author does it with each of her books. How can she make up actual people who feel so like... actual people? So raw, and flawed and complex. Worlds were black and white doesn't exist... but grey does. Like the real world. This woman is a true talent and I will read everything she writes, I swear. I'm just so captivated.

I love rock, I love metal, I love pop. I just love music and rock bands and old music and sometimes new and I just knew I would be drawn to the subject matter of this book. But I never thought it would much more than a rock band book. That it would feel so personal sometimes. That I would sympathize with those people that have nothing in common with me. But the God, named Taylor Jenkins Reid fucking DID THAT!

Overall, read this motherfucking book. Or at best... listen to the audiobook while reading it, speed 2.0. I flew through it in 5 hours, I didn't even drink water. Trust me, don't even pick up this book without listening to the audiobook. K bye!
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407 reviews109k followers
April 16, 2019
Taylor Jenkins Reid's strength lies in her ability to write realistic characters and relationships and take you through a whole life journey. This book has all the elements that we love about Evelyn Hugo: a unique storytelling format, a life story, a notorious historical setting, an iconic main character, a tumultuous and very human relationship, etc. It's the same formula, but switched with different variables, and therefore I think how much you resonate with those variables depends on personal taste and subjectivity. Evelyn Hugo matched what I liked, but Daisy Jones did not. I personally did not connect to this story or care for the characters, but I don't fault the author for that. I think I felt lukewarm for this book due to having spent most of my life mentally blocking out family & friends who deal with addiction and tumultuous relationships as a survival tactic, and therefore I am unable to connect to the subject matter as deeply. I commend Taylor's skill at writing realistically imperfect relationships, even though it was a miss for me and my own preferences.
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1,786 reviews43.1k followers
January 3, 2023
As someone who is a big fan of oral histories of pop culture things, and as someone who gives a rousing “sign me the hell up” to Taylor Jenkins Reid writing about historical Hollywood in any way: This book is a dream.

When I am not reading books, I spend a lot of my time reading in-depth articles. Sometimes these are on subjects I have little to no outside interest in: rich people bickering over preschool traditions, incels getting plastic surgery, whether Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July parties were a mainstay relic of her obsession (and fleeting brush) with the Kennedy family. (All of these are articles I read in the past week.) Alternatively, sometimes these articles are on things I care very much about, like certain comedy podcasts or cult-classic ’90s movies.

This book is like a combination of both of those, but written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and also it is 368 pages long.

You have no idea of the joy its existence brings me.

And that’s even before I knew it contained sentences like THIS ONE:
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”


I mean honestly, you guys, come on. What am I supposed to do with that other than love and cherish it and read it in a sitting?

I hope I wasn’t supposed to do anything else. Because all I did was those things.

Well, this book wasn’t perfect. Sure, maybe the oral history format is a little more used to being a lengthy Vulture article than a full-length historical novel, and yes, you could argue that those growing pains are evident more than a handful of times, but it more than makes up for it with the DRAMA.

Oh, man, you guys, the DRAMA. Another reason I read a lot of random articles is that I love gossip, but I don’t love it so much when it’s people I know, because then I have to do annoying things like “empathize” and “feel bad” and it ruins my fun. But when I get my drama from celebrities - and, even better, FICTIONAL celebrities - no guilt necessary.

It’s just so much fun.

That’s my bottom line!

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pre-review

Reese Witherspoon: "I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it."

me: hmm...crazy that i AM reese witherspoon...that we are one and the same...

(this book was really good and i would like for the music in it to be real now, thank you please.)

review to come
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1,588 reviews153k followers
May 2, 2021
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I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.
Daisy Jones & The Six were the hottest thing in the late seventies - and just when they were on the cusp of true fame they broke up.
It scared me that the only thing between this moment of calm and the biggest tragedy of my life was me choosing not to do it.
Daisy Jones is the It girl of the seventies - her voice, her charisma and her beauty - it's the full package. Everywhere she goes, heads are turning and people are taking note.

The Six are the band led by Billy Dunne - and they are good in their own right but they just need that extra push to greatness.

So then a producer realizes...why not put the two together?

And that's truly when something worthy of legends develops.

But just when everything is coming together - when their album, Aurora, is ready to come out...the band breaks up. Shocking millions.
It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.
Even now, in modern times, Daisy Jones & The Six are still the best band that never was. The one that got away.

And so, someone decides to write a novel about it - through interviews and memories - the public is able to watch the rise (and fall) of Daisy Jones and The Six.

Oh, my, gosh.

This one.

It was amazing.

This is the kind of book where you just have to set it down for a while and really revel in a story well-told.

How am I supposed to live my life knowing this band never existed???

It was SO immersive that I literally spent 10 minutes googling songs from their "album" just to double check that this band didn't exist.

This was told in a series of interviews and minor flashbacks. The way it was stitched together and the narrative that emerged was so incredible.

The audiobook was...truly a notch above all others.

Each character had a different voice actor/actress and they were all truly perfect. They felt so real.


This one read like a miniseries and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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376 reviews2,829 followers
August 28, 2022
Great audiobook but not as good as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo....

Daisy Jones & The Six is a historical fiction book which follows the band, The Six, and Daisy, as they find each other, their spectacular rise, and the end.

This is my third Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and I would rank them as follows: 1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 2. Daisy Jones & The Six 3. Malibu Rising. The audiobook was phenomenal, an incredible performance with an entire cast of characters. Whoever played Daisy had such an incredible voice, raspy, that it was just very unique and captivating. Additionally, it gave the depth and time that it needed. If I read [sigh], I read it super fast and move on, but it feels different when you actually hear a character perform it. The audiobook was definitely five stars.

Why didn't I rate this book 5 stars? There were a few too many characters. Even now, I am not too sure what value Warren, Eddie, and Pete brought to the story. I also found that this book dragged a bit especially after reading the true life story of David Grohl in The Storyteller. Some hard truth time: I thought Daisy Jones & The Six was real or at least based on a real life band. This is not entirely my fault though. The author put in an author's note that says, "This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of how the renowned 1970's rock band Daisy Jones & The Six rose to fame." Well, liar liar pants on FIRE! Because this is a fictional story. I felt like a sucker for thinking that I could rely on the Author's Note at the beginning of the book.

Overall, an interesting read in an interesting format. This is one of the rare instances where I think that the audiobook is better than the printed format.

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3,852 reviews35k followers
October 24, 2019
NEW UPDATED REVIEW.....
I already expressed LOVING this novel: REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVING IT.....about a fictional rock band in the 1970’s - their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene - eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is not a novice author. Her other five books:
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”,
“One True Loves”,
“Maybe in Another Life”,
“After I Do”,
“Forever, Interrupted”,
Are ‘all’ genuinely - emotionally - passionate books that make readers *FEEL*.

I’ve been thinking about “Daisy Jones and The Six” for days:
.....the story, the creative structure, the characters as individuals and in relationship to one another: written superbly!!!
As for ‘emotions’.....and ‘reflecting’....I’m still engaged — as this soulful novel is more than drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll......its a novel that speaks to our own losses and loves. This book broke my heart and mended it. The authenticity of these mult-dimensional characters have us relating to how similar & universal our inner voices are. It becomes totally clear yet so complex to understand how we can love somebody but not be happy with the way things are.

This novel’s achievement is deeply moving - irresistible- and the real beauty is that it FEELS TOTALLY ALIVE....made with REAL VIBRANT ENERGY!

There are written songs - that I can’t wait to ‘hear’. The mini series can’t come fast enough for me—-I’m a fiction-rock-band-book-groupie!!! Guilty pleasure- out of the closet!!!
While reading this novel - there were parts where I wished I had bought tickets to the live show —
I would have given anything to hear Daisy and Billie sing together. A couple of times they were soooo vulnerable- you could cut the air tension with a knife.

Bottom line..... extraordinary......brilliant....heartbreaking...depth....and beauty.


LAST..... some thoughts as to ‘why’ I think Taylor Jenkins Reid is popular...with ‘strong-loyal-fans’......( I admit to being one of them - having read every book she has written)
.....MOST: TJR makes us *FEEL*
.....we often get a lump in our throat in her novels
.....Stories always move smoothly
.....Her characters are complex - broken & beautiful- powerful & fragile -
.....Simple moments - mundane moments are so real - we relate.
.....Storytelling is wise, witty, smart, devastating, inspiring, often consumed by passion and love
.....Her stories have us thinking “what might we do?”.
.....Taylor Jenkins Reid skillful writing transfers into real experiential tales....she can crawl inside our heads and have us laughing one minute - worried the next -
.....when it comes to creating powerful - glamorous- female characters - TJR is the ‘go-to’ author.....at the same time she knows how to capture the quiet behind the scenes powerful woman equally as well.
.....None of her books are the same - yet we trust we will be taken on an entertaining unpredictable journey.


FIRST REVIEW immediately after reading.....
Review coming in a day or two .. or three ...
Going to get some sleep!

“I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around”
Carol King

GREAT BOOK.... should make a terrific mini series!!!!

At first...These characters felt SO REAL... I was SURE there must have been a real’ DAISY JONES.
I went to look ‘Daisy Jones’ up on Google ... she didn’t exist!
I was sad!

But... Taylor Jenkins Reed created a novel that felt soooooooo darn real...
It’s hard to believe it’s ‘not’ a biography.

I LOVED IT!!! Loved it! Loved it! loved it!!!!!!
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568 reviews679 followers
March 2, 2022
What does one say when one loves a book except that they loved it? I just read this in one sitting and spent all day reading it. I couldn't put it down. Actually though it was funny because at first I had thought this was fiction, but then I was reading it and I'm like no this is non fiction. I ask my boyfriend if he had heard of the band and he's like no what are you talking about and then later I was looking it up and I found out that no the book is actually just fiction and then I felt like an idiot and I don't know why I was feel emotional today so I just started crying that the book tricked me and my boyfriend was just like what. That's really all I have to share about this. I really enjoyed reading this, would totally recommend it. The pacing and build up was really good honestly and it kept me engaged the whole time. Definitely one of the best things I've read this year, but it's also only January, and like I said I'm also really emotional today, probably because I have a cold and took tons of cold meds, so not sure how reliable an opinion this is.

** Update now that I'm not on meds and everything isn't making me super emotional: I want to stand by what I wrote yesterday. I really enjoyed the book. I think the complexity of the characters, the relationship dynamics and the portrayal of love is what really appealed to me. Just wanted to say that now that I have a renewed ability to be articulate. I also thought the transcript/interview format worked really well for the book and I think that can be hard to pull off. But yeah still good, totally would recommend.
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1,219 reviews8,692 followers
May 27, 2019
I think if I had read a physical copy of this book it would have been 4 stars. But, the audiobook presentation is 5 stars, no doubt! The full cast experience as though it all really happened was riveting. I was reminded of VH1 Behind the Music.


Another thing I was reminded of was A Star Is Born. The chemistry between the characters and the battles against self destruction are strong themes in both. If you are a fan of that movie, I think you will find a lot to enjoy here.



Speaking of characters - this is a fabulous character study book. And, while there are lots of them, it is not difficult to keep them straight and get invested in their journey. There are a couple of characters that I kept forgetting about that would show up from time to time but didn't add too much extra. I think they represented that in every great band, there are always one or two who are just along for the ride.

Music fans, Classic Rock fans, documentary fans, or fans of a genre close to these, I definitely think this is worth a shot and I definitely recommend the audiobook.
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1,036 reviews2,571 followers
October 28, 2022
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

I listened to the audio version of Daisy Jones and The Six, with over twenty voice actors, narrating the various parts of the book and I felt like I was right there, watching a documentary. I haven't read the book but I feel like this was the best way for me to experience the book. The voice actors were great and they influenced how I felt about the characters. I think the personalities of each person came across so well with the audio, something that couldn't have been achieved by reading the book. 

I condone nothing that these characters did in their lives or with their lives but this time in the lives of fictional Daisy Jones and the band The Six was very interesting. This was pure escapism for me, with the book bringing to mind the bands and songs I remember seeing, hearing, and reading about. Even though I didn't do concerts, drink, or drugs, I still did follow bands like this one, read Rolling Stones, listened to the music (still do) and this story rang true. It was fun, listening to it from a distance, very interesting in a "glad I'm not there" kind of way. 

I will say, some of the voices irked me but it's because they did such a good job of being these characters. Daisy's voice was so lazy and raspy, Eddie was voiced so well that I knew I could not stand the guy, you could hear Billy's smugness and that he ran the show because he thought he knew it all. It's kind of hard to not think these people exist, now that the audio is over. 

Published March 5, 2019
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99 reviews12k followers
August 21, 2021
I really almost started crying WHILE DOING MY MAKEUP!! I should’ve known better than to listen to the ending while trying to get ready for the day. The characters were all so amazing and so flawed and I have to say that the ending is likely my favorite part. It’s a wild ride but it’s all so worth it. I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did and I’m actually so invested I’m going to start a reread RIGHT NOW. The audiobook was amazing but I definitely feel like there’s a lot I can benefit from rereading it since I’m the beginning I almost never knew who was talking.
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