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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Dylan Narrator: Sean Penn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780743544702
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“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.”

Bob Dylan’s Chronicle: 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Chronicles is hardly tame. It is lucid without being linear, swirling through time without losing its strong storytelling thread.”  

    New York Times

  • “A remarkable achievement, and like Henry Miller’s best personal writings, it is a story that opens up the times that it portrays, and then reveals the possibilities of the human spirit.” 

    Rolling Stone

  • “Off the beaten path as it is, Chronicles is nevertheless an astonishing achievement. As revelatory in its own way as Blonde on Blonde or Highway 61 Revisited, it provides ephemeral insights into the mind one of the most significant artistic voices of the twentieth century.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Bob Dylan sure can turn a phrase. He engages the reader with his...forays into absolute down-home clarity.”  

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “After a career of principled coyness, Dylan takes pains to outline the growth of his artistic conscience in this superb memoir...Ultimately, this book will stand as a record of a young man’s self-education, as contagious in its frank excitement as the letters of John Keats and as sincere in its ramble as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, to which Dylan frequently refers. A person of Dylan’s stature could have gotten away with far less; that he has been so thoughtful in the creation of this book is a measure of his talents, and a gift to his fans.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] wonderful production...Most strikingly, Sean Penn [has an] ideal voice for a reluctant pop hero desperately trying to put the genie back in the bottle.” 

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2005 Audie Award
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roddy | 2/17/2014

    " I'm not a huge Dylan fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this very well written autobiography and eagerly await the 2nd volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/14/2014

    " Great book by Dylan.. it skips around a bit and rambles like his songs. It talks about his early career in New York when he was sleeping on couches and playing small clubs. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/7/2014

    " I liked this book, but I could have loved it had I known who many of the people he talked about were. I was impressed with his craft for writing and really enjoyed his descriptions of how life felt at very specific moments in his maturity and during his creative process. I would recommend to any music lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstinw | 1/7/2014

    " Gives insight into the mind of an enigmatic individual without giving too much away. Dylan is an amazing writer whether it's poetry, lyrics, or as in this case, literature. He doesn't delve into his past where people may have expected or hoped for. Instead he describes times and scenarios that paint pictures and images of feelings rather than dates. I truly hope he writes more books. I had an extremely hard time putting it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorie | 1/6/2014

    " Bob focuses on the songwriters he meets when he moves to New York and it takes you all the way into the 90s. Great read for hardcore Dylan fans. I devoured it in a week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla Diot | 1/5/2014

    " I would imagine that an influential figure and lyrical genius would have a knack for storytelling. Instead, we jump back and forth as Dylan reflects on his life. I was really disappointed as I had hoped to see more of the 1960s era and his unique writing style. Although it starts that way, it eventually leads to a bland voiceless anecdote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 titi | 12/19/2013

    " He is an all-time favorite artist. He will never go wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Li | 12/6/2013

    " Bob Dylan is as eloquent with prose as he is with writing lyrics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole D'Amato | 12/5/2013

    " Ohhhh this one was good! Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan - perfect! Although the ramblings sometimes left me a little lost, I loved that it was HIS perspective on HIS life. To me it seems like Dylan wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I loved all of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 11/27/2013

    " This is how an autobiography should be written: a collection of stories about an interesting life that clearly describes his life without reading like a textbook. Tremendous. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 stephanie | 11/24/2013

    " wow, bob dylan, could you be more boring & obtuse? seriously, just shut up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 8/23/2013

    " Bobby here tends to get a bit too descriptive with uninteresting things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keeley | 7/25/2013

    " I can see why people would like it, especially hard core Bob Dylan fans, because it certainly goes into a lot of detail. But it rambles on too much, and many of the details he rambled on about in such great detail did not pique my interest at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuckmetcalf | 2/24/2013

    " This book, especially the parts that touch on Dylan's early career, transport you to another time and place. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 10/22/2012

    " Some magic, some truth, and a good amount of lies. Dylan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Lucas | 8/16/2012

    " Pleasantly surprised. Ever since i saw Bob ol boy in concert i was under the impression he thought of himself as a god, but this book lets you into a different side, his story reveals a very humble appreciative outlook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin Partlow | 8/11/2012

    " Maybe I was daydreaming, but I was completely lost in the organization of events in this book. I did however have very detailed knowledge of the look, smell, and texture of scenes these events took place in... oddly enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bess | 7/14/2012

    " Great book but you'll probably only like it if you're a big Dylan fan. Mainly covers his coming to NYC and his folk days. Looking forward to more volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rachel | 11/7/2011

    " I'm an extreme Dylan fan. This fed my addiction to the man and his mythology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 6/26/2011

    " more than an autobiography, a true american epic from one of the greatest musicians of all time "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bcoghill | 6/24/2011

    " Pretty awful.
    It is a ramble of common place thoughts.
    Better to just put B.D. on the stereo and read a good book, not this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/4/2011

    " Excellent audio book! Sean Penn's reading of the book is well worth listening to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/17/2011

    " Started off brilliantly, offering an intriguing, first-hand account of the life of a musician in New York. If the whole book was as good as the first half, I probably would have given it five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuckmetcalf | 4/27/2011

    " This book, especially the parts that touch on Dylan's early career, transport you to another time and place. Love it. "

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About the Author
Author Bob DylanBob Dylan is one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. He has released thirty-six studio albums, which collectively have sold over 120 million copies around the world. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature and has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. His memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list.