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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:
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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.” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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