Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2004
CS ISBN 0743543084 $26.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0743543092 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 0743544706 $15.95
Only in the audiobook world could this comparison be made, but this wonderful production of Bob Dylan's CHRONICLES has some surprising similarities to another Simon & Schuster memoir--Chuck Barris's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. Sound blasphemous? Both are riffs on the curse of celebrity, both transcend high and low art, both challenge the memoir format, and both revel in the oddities of post-WWII Americana. (Dylan credits his early inspiration to the TV wrestler Gorgeous George.) Most strikingly, Sean Penn's beat reading shares a rhythm and tone with Barris--his is an ideal voice for a reluctant pop hero desperately trying to put the genie back in the bottle. R.W.S. 2005 Audie Award Winner (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 05]
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