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.
The reader makes every scene with dialogue sound like a really bad Monty Python sketch: unbelievably coarse cartoon accents and characterization. Actually, the story isn't a whole lot better, with shallow characters and a nonsense plot. Overall, hard to listen.
Very hard to listen to this reader, he gives every single character (American, Italian, Israeli, Palestinian, Irish...) a buffoonish accent, and all the "bad guys" sound extremely drunk. The book is pretty good, but not great, it certainly can't withstand the terrible reading.
This is a really bad book. The first third or so sets up an interesting premise and interesting characters, then the whole thing spirals wildly out of control. Ridiculous plot, the characters fall apart, and every cliche of thriller literature taken to extremes. I felt embarrassed for Scott Brick (who for the first time I'm aware of fails to deliver a plausible voice characterization - the Australian female heroine).
I must be missing something here, to judge from the other reviews! But this book is unpublished for a reason: it's deadly dull. Endless tedious details in a story that moves along like molasses, and seems to have nothing much to say. Out of more than 200 Audible books downloaded, this is only the second title I couldn't stand to listen all the way through (gave up after 3 extremely boring hours). Maybe it gets really interesting later on... but I doubt it. Nicely read, though.
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