• by Bob Dylan
  • Narrated by Sean Penn
  • 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times. Revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful, and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.


Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Sean Penn reading Bob Dylan's memoirs. It doesn't get any better than this. Dylan mixes his life with his music, his thoughts with his lyrics, and Sean Penn puts us right inside his head. Dylan and Penn are a perfect combination, spanning two generations of celebrity, making us feel the weight and breadth of life for Dylan and the people who have hung on his every word and note. — Chris Doheny


What the Critics Say

"Volume 1 of Dylan's memoirs was pretty cool to begin with. But to have it read by Sean Penn on audio takes it to a new level: the most talented songwriter of all time as performed by the most talented actor of his generation. Mr. Penn clearly has a blast inhabiting the role and navigating Dylan's jagged, impressionistic prose." ( The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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I did not know what I was going to expect when I purchased it. If you're a fellow songwriter then this is a book for you to check out. The inspirations Dylan experienced helped make him wonder what he could achieve with his own sound and identity. It's not really a book that talks about his whole life, feels like he wanted to express more how he developed during that early period in his life. He's been pretty adamant that he's not a folk singer and I agree. The number of genres during that time was not as developed as it is now and drawing in the knowledge he could get was important. The identity of his country with his own sound feels to be part of his goals . Hope that helps with no spoilers!
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- J. Wong

awesome book

loved it.
interesting. Well narrated. I learned loads as Bob Dylan was before my time.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio