Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Audiobook, by David Yaffe Play Audiobook Sample

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Audiobook

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Read By: Xe Sands Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781681686998

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Longest Chapter Length:

48:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:43 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

21:35 minutes

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Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans. In her heyday she released ten experimental, challenging, and revealing albums; her lyrics captivated people with the beauty of their language and the rawness of their emotions, both deeply personal to Mitchell and universally relatable to her audience. In this intimate biography, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love affairs, and all the way to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends.

Yaffe has had unprecedented access both to Mitchell and to those who know her, drawing on interviews with childhood friends and the cast of famous characters (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more) with whom she has crossed paths and influenced, as well as insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself.

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"Yaffe solidly traces the glory and gloom of a musical career that expanded our ears and hearts…The lonely girl ill with polio had survived to become a great artist. Yaffe’s books tells us how she got there.”

— Washington Post 


  • “A vivid and dramatic book.”

    — New Republic
  • Yaffee…is a brilliant analyst of how Mitchell’s songs are made.”

    — New Yorker
  • “[A] highly readable, effusive new biography.”

    — BookPage


  • A BookPage Top Pick for November

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About David Yaffe

David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University and a 2012 winner of the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. His writing has appeared in many publications, including the Nation, Harper’s, New York Times, Slate, New York, Village Voice, Daily Beast, and Bookforum. He is the author of several books, including Bob Dylan, Fascinating Rhythm, and Reckless Daughter.

About Xe Sands

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.