We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Chronicles: Volume One | [Bob Dylan]

Chronicles: Volume One

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.
Regular Price:£9.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

©2004 Bob Dylan; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (23 )
5 star
 (14)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.0 (9 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.1 (9 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Gregory United Kingdom 16/05/2014
    Gregory United Kingdom 16/05/2014 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent...when will Vol.2 be pubished?"
    If you could sum up Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Artists will enjoy.


    What other book might you compare Chronicles to, and why?

    Dont usually read music bios.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All worthwhile...desriptions of the creative process I enjoyed very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Descriptions of the creative process.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results
Sort by:
  • Lucksxrd
    20/04/10
    Overall
    "Great Read"

    Dylan like you've never been exposed too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calvin
    MadridSpain
    02/10/07
    Overall
    "Chronicles: Volume One"

    Really enjoyed the insight into the life of my hero. The voice of Sean Penn just fits this book perfectly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Louisville, KY, USA
    19/07/06
    Overall
    "Fascinating glimpse"

    into the mind of a creative artist. Dylan describes the unfolding of his career, as well as his artistic process. If you love Dylan's music, you'll want this book! Sean Penn does a fine job reading. I for one will be waiting eagerly for Volume Two.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Denver, CO, United States
    28/02/06
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tell us more, Bob!"

    I have idolized Bob Dylan since the first time I heard him. I looked forward to his book and now own both the printed and the audio versions. Too bad the audio is abridged, but Sean Penn did a great job. I almost thought it was Bob himself reading at times. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't go deep enough into what I imagine Bob's life to be like, or the thought process behind many of his songs. But I'll take what I can get and you can be sure I'll read volume 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Dublin 14Ireland
    21/11/05
    Overall
    "Good listen -even for non-Dylan fans"

    I'm a seventies child and not a huge fan of Dylan (I actually like his more recent stuff over the sixties-era work) but I can recommend this audio-book to those with only a passing interest/knowledge of the man and his songs.

    A few folks have complained about Sean Penn's 'monotone' narration, but I think it fits right in with Dylan's unstructured, loose writing style. I will definitely be buying Volume Two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    Charlevoix, MI, USA
    07/01/05
    Overall
    "Chronicles: Volume One"

    Bobbie Zimmerman tells his story free of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. He says he was just a folk singer and fans interfered with his life. As I listen to the audio, I had to check to see if I was listening to the discs in the right order. The book is revealing, but I did not like what it reveals. The Dylan I loved as a teen was not in this book. It was painful to this 50 year old former fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • connie
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    09/01/08
    Overall
    "OK, but poor prose"

    I thought the book provided some good insights into Dylan and the creative process, but I expected better prose from a poet, even in a draft. Perhaps he wrote the book for some of the same reasons he claims to have made some of his mediocre albums - to make a living or get others off his back.

    I liked Penn's monotone. Perhaps Dylan's choice of detail would make more sense in the unabridged version in some cases.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elan
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    02/02/12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very good"
    What did you love best about Chronicles?

    Any one who is interested in the life of the iconic Bob Dylan and who ever is interested in a glimpse of the life and mechanics of the music world in the 60's and beyond should listen to this book.
    The delivery is fantastic particularly in view of the autobiographical nature of the narration. Some times you forget it is not Bob who is sitting there talking to you.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Penn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Bloomingdale, NJ, United States
    14/11/10
    Overall
    "ok..."

    As a former rock music history fanatic (read many, many rock biographies in college) I was kinda excited to listen to this, but the monotone narrative did not keep my interest at all. I almost would have rather physically read the book than listened to this. No offense to Sean Penn, but maybe he should not do narratives anymore....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
    17/10/05
    Overall
    "Information good Narration Horrible"

    Well if your looking for just the information than this may be the book for you. However, If your like me I wanted the information presented in a palatabel manner. Sean Pen's reading of Chronicles is as bland and monotone as I have ever heard. At some points I had to just turn it off to keep from falling asleep at the wheel. I am not sure if his monotone delivery was intentional or not but it does not go over well at all. If you listen to audio books while commuting as I suspect most of us do then steer clear of this one in terms of keeping you engaged and awake

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-30 of 32 results PREVIOUS1234NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.