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  • The End is Always Near

  • Apocalyptic Moments from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
  • By: Dan Carlin
  • Narrated by: Dan Carlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (677 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller.  

Do tough times create tougher people? Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology ever peak or regress? And why, since the dawn of time, has it always seemed as though death and destruction are waiting just around the corner? 

Combining his trademark thrilling, expansive storytelling with rigorous history and thought experiment, Dan Carlin connects past with future to explore the tipping points of collapsing civilisations – from the plague to nuclear war. Looking across every brush with apocalypse, crisis and collapse, this book also weighs, knowing all we do about human patterns, whether our world is likely to become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore.  

From the creator of the award-winning, 100-plus-million-download podcast Hardcore History.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Dan Carlin (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Carlin puts the 'hardcore' in Hardcore History by focusing his narratives on the most violent and dramatic moments in human history, filling his show with colorful anecdotes that were most likely left out of your high school history class." (Time

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Dan Carlin Conquers the audio book

Just as he (Dan Carlin) has conquered the podcast format, the same can be said true of the audio book.

For listeners of his podcast series there may not be a whole lot new here (if you have heard every single one as I have). This however is not a criticism. To hear the material again but with refinements and maybe a more concise approach was throughly enjoyable (although I do enjoy his tangents on the podcasts), the gravity and context of the wide breadth of events was not lost even for I feel new listeners not familiar with history.

Dan does a very good job of emersing the listener in real life events that people had to endure while also providing the wider facts of the event with the Dan Carlin voice. If only our classics or history teachers would wrap high school lessons up in the drama of the extreme human experience, maybe more young minds would be intrigued to learn more of our past.

This is the first review I have ever written in my life, for anything of that matter but I feel compelled to do so as I must tip my proverbial cap to Dan carlin 5/5. To the godfather of the history podcast and now as he stakes his claim in the audio book

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Hardcore history fan.

Dan Carlin lays awake at night unable to sleep and you are invited to listen to his thoughts on world destruction :D.

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Excellent as always.

Carlin knows how to make history both relevant and engaging. Here, he tries to send a more important message, and succeeds.

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Dan Carlin is a fantastic History teacher

Enjoyed listening to what feels almost like another Hardcore History deep dive except on a theme as opposed to a civilization or event. personally I prefer the event/civilization style to the theme but it was well worth the listen regardless. I look forward to more from Dan Carlin.

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Great book for hardcore history fans

Compilation of hardcore history podcasts in one great read. Must have for hardcore history fans.

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Good but a bit light on

Not as hardcore as Hardcore history podcast. I prefer Dan impromptu delivery than this boo which seems a bit rehearsed. This book jumped pretty quick from Bronza age to time to WW2 and only really offered a quick look at each era.

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Timely and scary

I’ve become a fan of Dan Carlin and his hard-core history podcasts. This book does not disappoint. It’s extremely timely to think about all the times in history that civilisations have been wiped out and ours is perched on the precipice. We have the threat of nuclear war and climate change involving resisting sea levels. New epidermic’s of infections are also possible. We have lived through 70 years of peace but history shows that all good things must come to an end. Dan Carlin make the Clarion call to wake up and behave more clearly than our predecessors.

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engrossing and brilliant

Dan's trademark style led me through the twists and turns of his insights. Always an enjoyable lens on history and humanity.

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Just like the podcast, good!

It was just like the podcast, but it was easier to pick up and put down when I felt like it. Easier to get on to my phone. Nice work.

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Amazing

Dans voice is just so soothing and the content is engaging and spot on as always.

5/5 would recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2019

brilliant!

dan is my man when it comes to history! do not hesitate to get your copy today!

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  • Martin T.
  • 18-12-2019

missing some new material

Dan Carlin is the master of story telling. But if you are a regular listener of Hardcore History this book is kinda just a resume.

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  • Liza Ras
  • 04-12-2019

Good book (prefer podcast)

Dan's personality shines through in this reading. I don't think the audio book would be the same if read by someone else. Overall the book is good. There's enough there to support his storyline and thoughts. As someone who has listened to the podcast though I have to admit that I prefer the podcast over the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-2019

Just another hard core history podcast chapter...

Which is actually a good thing! The transitions between various topics aren't always smooth. And yet, as always, you just can't stop listening to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

summary of podcast material

some of the podcast series are better. I didn't like the lack of cohesion and would like for Dan to focus on one period or story rather than history of humanity and beyond.. nevertheless happy to contribute and back Dan and thanks for all the free podcast material!

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  • 05-11-2019

If you're a fan of the podcasts you've heard this.

Great content - don't get me wrong. However, most of this sounded familiar very quickly. Dan Carlin is good narrator of his material and this particular reading style, rather than more conversational or rambling people so enjoy, was also enjoyable.

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  • Jonas
  • 15-07-2020

For the history fanatic & newbie alike

Admittedly I went into this with a strong bias for all things Dan Carlin. What can I say... I'm a fan. That said I was also super critical going in and wasn't convinced Dan's style would translate in the more confined form that would be required for a written account.

I was devastatingly wrong.

This book is amazing. Have since passed it on to several mates who run the gambit from fellow history enthusiasts to outright historical newbies with little to know background.

Dan presents this story in a way that is both rich with information and easy to digest. What I love most is that he isn't trying to sell you his opinion... Rather he likes leaving the question with you to bounce around in your head and give you enough perspective to be able to reach your own theories.

Its just superb really.

Thanks D. C for knocking this one out the park!

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  • Marian Hanganu
  • 17-02-2020

Breathtaking, as all his creations

Another breathtaking story by Dan Carlin that you can't put off until finished.
Now he will scare you to death because he is right: the end is always near.

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  • Trevor
  • 09-02-2020

Dan Carlin at his best

I've listened to every Hardcore History episode, and this is just as good. Dan Carlin - simply genius

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  • D. MccOll
  • 09-12-2019

Recommended...

if you like Dan Carlin's Hardcore History you'll like this. Same author, same narrator, broader timeline.

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