The book and audiobook comprise the first in a series of the singer-songwriter's personal histories, with the first volume consisting of first-person narratives focusing on significant periods in Dylan's life and career, the publisher said last week.
The audiobook version runs for six hours on four cassettes or five CDs.
"When we were thinking of actors to read the Bob Dylan audiobook, the first name on our list was Sean Penn," said Chris Lynch, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio, in a statement. "We knew he would be perfect for the material, and we are absolutely thrilled that an actor of his caliber will be reading 'Chronicles.'"
This is the first audiobook that Penn has narrated.
He won an Oscar in 2004 for his role in "Mystic River." (search) His other movies include "I Am Sam," "Sweet and Lowdown" and "Dead Man Walking."