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  • Summary

  • We’ve all heard of fake news, but what about fake history?

    Dominic Sandbrook explores two and a half millennia of human history, traveling from the American Deep South to the air raid shelters of wartime Britain, to discover how the past has constantly been manipulated, rewritten and reshaped.

    It turns out that when it comes to history, separating fact from fiction isn’t always easy. Many of the widely held beliefs about our past are based on a web of lies.

    A Novel production for Audible Originals.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2020 Audible, Ltd. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: The Horse That Ruled Rome

    Jun 22 2020

    Roman emperors Nero and Caligula are remembered as some of history’s greatest monsters, but the truth about these “depraved” rulers is very different.

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    32 mins
  • Ep. 2: England's First Socialists

    Jun 22 2020

    How did a group of 17th Century rebels become the radical heroes for activists on both the left and right wings of modern British politics?

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    37 mins
  • Ep. 3: The Storming of the Winter Palace

    Jun 22 2020

    This is the story of how Stalin used movies to spread myths and rewrite history, fuelling his attempt to build a Communist utopia.

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    37 mins

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Informative and balanced

I have been hooked on listening to podcasts but what is more and more annoying is they drag out the detail. This audio book is not like a book more like a really well edited podcast with no wasted words, knowledgeable contributors and Dominic Sandbrook gets to the essence of the story he is telling and makes it compelling listening. I just wished there was more of it!

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Recommended

Incredibly relevant to today's discussions on race, nationality and identity. It's too simple to say that history is written by the victors. This series looks at the interpretations as much as the sources of what is taken at face value as "historical facts ".

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Gripping history

Incredibly absorbing. Dominick Sandbrook takes us from Soviet Russia to the English Civil War to the Blitz, separating the truths from the lies. Beautifully produced, it is a gripping listen. So many fascinating facts that I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and plan to re - listen again. An outstanding historical podcast - stunningly presented AND an easy listen. Tip top.

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OK but not great

OK I've been spoilt by the quality of Audible free offerings lately so my expectations are probably too high, but this didn't quite meet the mark. It was OK. It was informative. It was presented well. It just wasn't something I'm going to recommend or chat to my friends about. Just lacking something I can't quite put my finger on.

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Really enjoyable

I learnt a lot from these programmes and heard a great deal of things to make me think. Would like to hear more if these.

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Overall giod

Found it puzzling that before the chapter regarding the American Civil War the narrator felt the need to clarify it was recorded before recent events and that's why there was no mention of it.
It was also ruined slightly by hearing about the vile Jeremy Corbyn in another chaptet

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Very Interesting.

I found this to be very interesting and incite full. I would certainly recommend it.

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Well delivered but do your research on the author.

In a podcast about a horse how I managed to get the whiff of the right wing at work I don’t know, but I did. After a brief bit of googling I found some fairly nasty bits of writing from the author on the daily mail website. As all historians bringing their own politics to the history they write being one of main points of the first episode... well I guess judge for yourself how much of this guy you can believe. It was well produced and engagingly presented.

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It could've been an great listen but...

A very one sided presentation, especially when referring to modern issues, as in the last episode.

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Very informing

loved this I wish there were more topics smashed a few myths.Worth a listen if you like history.

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  • Buretto
  • 15-10-20

Nothing terribly deep, but perfectly entertaining

Even casual students of history should probably know most of the accounts presented here. Perhaps Americans would be more familiar with the laughable Lost Cause narratives, and British more aware of the Levellers and the mythology created around the Blitz. But all the stories are presented in a accessible manner, and are supremely listenable. It may be that a few references, while relating the narcissism of authoritarian rulers, to a particular modern day orange cretin, may have colored the reviews of some thin skinned listeners. Like in the headline, not a terribly deep dive into history, but for what it's worth, a fine effort and good listen.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 07-09-20

Hit and misses in equal measure

There were some good episodes and some incredibly tedious ones. Hard to recommend this series based on the good parts though. It's not bad; there's just too much good podcast content in the world to recommend mediocrity.

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  • Felisa Kay Chaloupek.
  • 01-09-21

not very indepth, but good

my first podcast.. I enjoyed every episode. not awfully detailed, but still very informative! well organized and delivered. some things are not that surprising. yet some subjects I didn't realize how off the contemporary view was.
info I've not heard of was easy to absorb and I liked each episode very much. plus these high lights of history(stories from all recent and ancient times)... give me a chance to become aware of a time I would like to know more about, but not heard of hitherto.

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