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Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)
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1968: A year of change

Landmark events formed a backdrop to the year in which At Folsom Prison was recorded. Learn more below.

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"Excellent... Follows the story's trail like a good old hound dog... This five-part documentary from Audible was made in the US by the writer and broadcaster Danny Robins, and reveals new aspects of Johnny Cash's famous 1968 Folsom Prison gig - he's unearthed some excellent first-hand witnesses." (Sunday Times)

"★★★★☆ A reminder of how deeply incarceration can scar the soul." (The Times)

"Folsom Untold is the fascinating story of Johnny Cash's comeback prison album... Told in remarkable detail... Robins, a British presenter last heard hosting the Haunted podcast, assembles an impressive cast here, criss-crossing the US to visit producers, reporters, musicians and commentators, all of whom share their recollections of Cash. It's a fascinating story and the detail here is remarkable." (Financial Times)

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Good & worth listen. A well old tale.

Good & worth listen. A well old tale. Interesting bits and pieces. not too long.

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Let this train pass you by

The only thing that kept me listening was to see where it was going, went nowhere of worth and had no substance along the way. Performance was dated too.

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An interesting story but could have been shorter

I knew nothing about Johnny Cash and even less about Folsom. The story behind the Folsom album is very interesting and the friendship that developed from it was fascinating. However the over the top suspense style narration was just awful and a let down. I thought huge developments were going to come and it was disappointing to find out it was all overinflated hype. The story itself was enough and there was no need to keep pretending it would be any more than it was. Be content that the story would keep the listeners interest without needing to pretend a bigger story would unfold.

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some interesting content

learnt some unknown facts that were quite amusing and gave some more insight into Cash and the album itself. didn't always appreciate the over-enthusiastic voice of the narrator. still good to listen to.

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Good but narrator annoying

Great story and well researched and written.

Sorry but the guy would have done better to get someone else to read it though.

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great detail and context

from the ventriloquist farmer to pistols on the kitchen table this book presents some great stories and insights to an era within the larger tale - that of JCs Folsom gig and the friend he made there

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over-egged tony blair sounding suspense.

too slow.annoying not just because he sounds like tony blair its over egged and therefore i lose trust in this tv.journalist who is not.delivering the.message efficiently but more interested in delivering suspense this could have been done in one episode..but.slow.it.down.to.50speed his voice sounds so funny!

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Brilliant, funny and revealing.

I love Johnny Cash but avoid music journalism on the whole. A friend of mine made me listen to this and a few minutes in I was hooked. This is a beautiful and crazy adventure of a couple of fans/writers trying to track down the story behind the song in one of the greatest concerts of all time. It's part road-trip, part lyrical detective work and told with a whole lot of love by two Brits very far from home.

Please make another series soon. I've already listened to this twice.

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A real insight to a great man and his music.

Really enjoyed the truth behind the record. I have learned enough to want to read Johnny Cash 'S autobiography
It was great to listen to the people who knew him. Thank you Danny

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a must listen!

absolutely fascinating story of a great man and a great album. the story of Johnny and Glen is truly intriguing. Well done Danny Robbins.