Chronicles: Volume One

Written by:
Bob Dylan
Narrated by:
Sean Penn

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2004
5 hours 5 minutes

The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.

“I’d come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.”

So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures 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 the book’s side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota, and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

By turns 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.
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Legend or no legend - he simply takes himself too seriously for my liking. By the second disc, I was longing for at least the attempt at humor. Lighten up, Bob! Granted, it was interesting to learn that a wrestler named Gorgeous George was an inspiration or that a recording session with Harry Bellefonte was a highlight of his recording career. Still, I wasn't sufficiently intrigued to listen to the whole book. Perhaps Sean Penn’s delivery was a bit too dry also?

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I enjoyed The Ballad of Bob Dylan so much.. this was a disappointment to me.

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