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The End Is Always Near

Apocalyptic Moments from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
Narrated by: Dan Carlin
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

In his first book, the creator of the award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks to some of humanity’s most apocalyptic moments to understand the challenges of our future.

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

In The End Is Always Near, Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colourful ways, exploring a question that has hung over humanity like the sword of Damocles from the collapse of the Bronze Age to the nuclear era - that of human survival. 

Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, history and thought experiments, Carlin forces us to consider what sounds like fantasy: that we might suffer the same fate as all previous civilisations. Will our world ever become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore? 

This thrillingly expansive and entertaining book will make you look at the past - and future - in a completely different way. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2019 Dan Carlin (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Greatest Hits

Feels like a Greatest hits album for the HH podcast. Not a whole lot of new ground covered but still a deeply enjoyable listen.

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Amazing, scary and though provoking

As someone who has listened to all of Dan’s Hardcore History podcasts, I had very high expectations. This book did not let me down. It nicely ties together the specific themes of many of his popular podcast episodes into a chronological description of the human experience of our great wars and conflicts. I am thankful that the book is narrated by Dan himself. His voice is perfect for this kind of content. The detailed descriptions of the horrors people did to each other, combined with historical context and overviews of the geopolitical landscape makes much of the insanity, in a scary way, seem logical. Makes you wonder what kind of horrors we are in for in the future..

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A Overview of Hardcore History

If you have listened to Dan's Hardcore History podcast, it goes over many of the same topics and you'll recognise the themes. However if you are new to his work, or want a reminder/overview of the many podcasts, then you won't be left disappointed.

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Dan at his best

Would highly recommend to both hardcore history listeners and those that haven't heard it - great stuff

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the greatest podcaster on the planet!

Dan Carling is simply the greatest podcaster on the planet. this book follows suit. perfect

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History made exciting

I think there should be something here whether your are a podcast fan or not. It covers themes that Dan has already covered in his podcast but either gives it a new spin or adds more detail.

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An entertaining synthesis of the podcast

I enjoyed this audiobook, but I think it's important to those who are thinking about buying it to be aware that it's essentially a condensed 'best of' of the podcast shows. For long term listeners of the show, there is little new here apart from occasional information (mostly concerning the Bronze Age) that has been updated since the show that originally dealt with it aired. However, if you're like me, and frequently revisit the podcasts anyway then this shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Dan's narration took a little bit of getting used to, not because it's bad or anything, but because it is a little odd to hear him talking from a script rather than the much more casual style of the podcast.

Overall I liked the audiobook a lot and it was nice to hear many of the subjects he has spoken about in the past being brought together. The issues I have mentioned above aren't enough to keep it from being worth your time. I would especially recommend it to those new to the podcast.

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Fascinating and gripping

Dan Carlin always delivers when it comes to historical epics, this book is berry well written an narrated. Hope this is just his first book of many more to come.

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Highly recommend...... if you don't listen to his Hardcore history podcast and have stumbled upon this book.... well it's a great starting point, if indeed you like this book and want to know more about the stories read (or in this case listened to) in each chapter, Hardcore history podcast puts the chapters of this book under a microscope and dissects them.

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Great revisit

always enjoy Dan as a narrator on his podcast but the audio seemed tinny compared to normal! good use of subject mater used in previous shows and tales are built upon in greater detail than previously heard!!

cheers Dan!

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  • Dzmitry Shatsila
  • 11-11-19

Dan Carlin at his absolute best

Dan Carlin at his best. Absolutely phenomenal book and his read is just outstanding. How he managed to tight all the stories together and yet make one whole just phenomenal.
Made me think about things you usually do not even consider.
True master at his best.
Thank you Dan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-19

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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  • Jazzy Joust
  • 07-11-19

Doesn't disappoint

Great for even the most avid HH podcast listener. apparently there is a minimum word limit

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  • 05-11-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

Classic Hardcore History.

It is like 2/3 long in comparison to to an average story of the HH. But as you would expect this is a great book for all those who like great stories.