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Chronicles

Volume One
De : Bob Dylan
Lu par : Sean Penn
Durée : 5 h et 3 min
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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

Description

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.

Critiques

  • Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2005
  • 2005 Quill Award Nominee
  • Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album, 2005

"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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Debra
  • 28/12/2005

Fascinating Book, Lousy Abridgement

This is a really fine autobiography, with plenty of fascinating insights into what has made Dylan tick. It's great as a companion to the new Martin Scorsese documentary picture No Direction Home, providing more detail, background and color on much of the same material. For my taste, Sean Penn's reading is good, certainly very listenable (even if he doesn't know how to pronounce Don Juan). Unfortunately, the abridgement seems to be terrible, leaving out huge chunks and ruining any sense of continuity. I don't mind the jumping back and forth, but completely excising a whole decade and suddenly Bob has a wife and 5 kids - it doesn't work. Still worth 4 stars for what remains.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gerry A. Brown
  • 25/01/2005

Positively 4th Street

It's a warm summer's day in the interlude between summer school and fall quarter in the late 60's. We're all on the front porch of the adobe looking out over the valley. The big event of the day is that eventually the train will ramble by the back fence. The music is Dylan. Some say that if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there. I say that if you can't remember the words to your favorite Dylan tune, you weren't there.

There is a reason that Dylan is considered the poet laureate of the Twentieth Century. And now he's back. Add to that the amazing reading by Sean Penn. Occaisonally you hear in his voice the sing-song verse of Dylan's early work. Occaisonally Penn sounds just like him.

A definite read if you were there (and maybe styill are).

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Manoj R Nayak
  • 30/04/2012

Abridged dissapoints

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sean Penn has done a marvelous job , but the abridged narration is too hurried and doesnt do justice to the listener. I strongly recommend audible to put up the complete version.

What was most disappointing about Bob Dylan’s story?

The abridged version had just a paragraph on Joan Baez , disappointing for me.

What does Sean Penn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sean Penn is fabulous.

Could you see Chronicles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure.. the complete version

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mia
  • 06/02/2013

Perfect hug and sleeping pill

Would you consider the audio edition of Chronicles to be better than the print version?

I have never even seen the written book. The audio might be abridged, however listening to Sean Penn is beyond everything. It is like getting a hug by the "hot-boy" Sean Penn.

What did you like best about this story?

It is just like being a very extremly happy listener: Like a fly on the wall.

Which character – as performed by Sean Penn – was your favorite?

This is a memoir...

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

Yes: Over and over and over. It is a sleeping pill with no side effects.

Any additional comments?

This is a snack bar. Yes: It might be abridged but if you love Sean Penn, Bob Dylan, N.Y.C. then this is highly credit proof. It will always be within the reach of my app.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca
  • 07/04/2012

If only it weren't abridged

I've been a fan of Dylan for years, and looked forward to this book to learn more about him.

I did get a feeling of his early life in NY. Felt the frustration when he wanted to simply enjoy his family, while critics and crowds pushed him to lead the charge and bring songs of their generation/ Then touring with Tom Petty/Dead, and the recording in New Orlenas. The narration then goes back to Minneapolis, then NY and his first contract with Columbia.

I felt the book made huge, disjointed leaps from one point to another, which may be because it was abridged. I was so excited about the title, that I did not notice this, or I would not have bought it.

Penn does a great job of narration. I'm just disappointed I didn't get the whole story.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Christina L. Desser
  • 23/01/2018

Abridged??!!! Why????

Did not realize this was abridged, but it soon became clear. It is choppy and makes no sense. Penn may be a great actor, but he it a terrible reader—felt ripped off in every way and a real disservice to Dylan. Can’t believe he allows it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/03/2005

very Dylanesque

If you want to know Bob Dylan, if you've seen Don't Look Back but felt that it scratched the surface and you wanted more, if you want to see how Mr. Dylan saw his relationship to the folk scene, his roots, the milieu that the artist tapped into for creative inspiration and how he responded to it, check out Chronicles Volume 1. It's at one time, a fluid, lucid account, written in as imaginative a style as his most dreamlike work, which may not appeal to some, and at the same time, a disparate journey through the mind of the artist. Almost as much can be learned about him by how he says it, as by what he says. A candid account that strikes a questioning note when you think about the paths he took to get where he wanted to go, and the alternate routes he needed to take to avoid those paths that others wanted him to take and be who others wanted him to be. Do Moon River and polkas really provide the inspiration he says? Or is he still creating that alternate Him, still hiding out? A Dylanesque look into the source of his imagery, fortitude, passion. While I'm not clamoring for the Old Him, I happen to be one of those fans that never made the transition to Mr. Dylan's later works, post John Wesley Harding, but when Volume 2 comes out, it will be high on my list.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JE Rauton
  • 15/11/2004

If you enjoy Dylan, You'll love Chronicles

I first saw Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in the summer of 1963 and have followed his songs and career with great interest. May be hard to believe but the book is easy listening and superbly read by Sean Penn. You begin to understand the many levels of music, both creating and performing, and the man behind it.

I can?t wait until we get ?Volume Two?.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Leslie
  • 31/12/2004

Shot Rabbits

Been thinking about Charles question about Shot Rabbits -- The description Dylan gave of music littering the floor like the aforementioned shot rabbits. I kinda liked it... it brought an image of activity, frenetic, lively and not too controlled being stilled and discarded... an " off" image no doubt but one that allowed me to get a picture of what he was seeing/experiencing

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Trina
  • 07/05/2015

Bob Dylan is not who you think he is

I thoroughly enjoyed Bob's story! He is a very interesting person and a wonderful story teller. I loved hearing his thought processes and the stories of how his career developed. Highly recommend.

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