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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
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (886 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
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"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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Only for new listeners

If you are a big fan of Dan Carlin then don't bother as it is all covered in his podcasts

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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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Historical perspective

I liked his voice and the way he brought expert analysis together- the evolution of the nuclear age was very well done.
Would have been interested in his thoughts on the recent pandemic

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Didn't enjoy this

I hoped this book would have more analysis, too much opinion rather than substantive argument.

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