cover image Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks

Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks

Stephen Davis, read by Christina Delaine. HighBridge Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 14 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-6816-8891-6

For the audio edition of Davis’s authorized biography of Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, Delaine doesn’t impersonate Nicks’s distinctive voice, but she captures enough of the singer-songwriter’s essence to complement the material nicely. When quoting Nicks or reading anecdotes from her life, Delaine finds just the right tone to match a particular facet of the superstar’s complex identity: a breathy, ethereal quality in relation to her creative life, a take-no-prisoners delivery in matters of business, and a vulnerable sisterly cadence with regard to her close friends and family and the wounded soldiers who have become her greatest philanthropic passion and the motivation behind the Stevie Nicks Soldier’s Angel Foundation. Delaine also channels the turbulence inside Fleetwood Mac, particularly in regard to Nicks and her boyfriend turned personal and professional nemesis, Lindsey Buckingham. British bandmates Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie, meanwhile, are voiced with a convincing accent. It’s hard to imagine a better performance for this audiobook. A St. Martin’s hardcover. (Nov.)