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  • Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
  • Written by: Dan Carlin
  • Narrated by: Dan Carlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (914 ratings)

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The End Is Always Near

Written by: Dan Carlin
Narrated by: Dan Carlin
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The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the 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? No one knows the answers to such questions, but no one asks them in a more interesting way than Dan Carlin.

In The End Is Always Near, Dan Carlin looks at questions and historical events that force us to consider what sounds like fantasy; that we might suffer the same fate that all previous eras did. Will our world ever become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore? The questions themselves are both philosophical and like something out of The Twilight Zone.

Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, history, and weirdness, Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colorful ways. At the same time the questions he asks us to consider involve the most important issue imaginable: human survival. From the collapse of the Bronze Age to the challenges of the nuclear era the issue has hung over humanity like a persistent Sword of Damocles.

Inspired by his podcast, The End Is Always Near challenges the way we look at the past and ourselves. In this absorbing compendium, Carlin embarks on a whole new set of stories and major cliffhangers that will keep listeners enthralled. Idiosyncratic and erudite, offbeat yet profound, The End Is Always Near examines issues that are rarely presented, and makes the past immediately relevant to our very turbulent present.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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 HarperAudio

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almost excellent

This was a very enjoyable audiobook but as a long time listener of his podcast it was not as good as they are. It doesn't come off as an audiobook or book at all. it comes off as an extended podcast. That said Dan Carlin's podcast is worth more than a buck a show so if he decides this is the more viable financial route for his content I'll be buying his next one and one after that too!

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disappointing

i am a long term fan of the author and his many podcasts which i would highly recommend. unfortunately this books content is simply a repackaging of his earlier work and the reading of it had none of the vim and vigour i have grown to love and expect. what happened to the passion? i stopped listening halfway thru...disappointing

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Streamlined version of his podcast

I've been a huge fan of his podcast for years. This book was a great way to revisit some of his work, and it was much more streamlined than his podcast, and very easy to follow along going from topic to topic. I recommend this to anyone who is a "fan" of history!

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The podcast, only different

Carlin is as good as the podcast in this book, and if you don't like waiting 6 months for the next episode of Hardcore History to be released then this book is a good substitute. Carlin returns to many of the themes that are covered in some episodes of Hardcore History (destroyer of worlds, suffer the children) and while the subject matter is similar, it does not feel as though it is just a cheap rehash of the same story (for the destroyer of worlds segment at least, I haven't listened to the other HH episodes that are covered in the book). Carlin stays pretty true to his overall theme revolving around mankind's brushes with catastrophe and when the fate of civilization was most in peril. Without drawing conclusions or making any definitive judgements, he leads us to contemplate how precarious the state of our modern civilization really is, and how easily it could be taken away.

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A good summary.

I’ve been a fan of Dan for some time. As a long time listener of his other work there is some overtlap with other series’s. Logical insanity. The fall of the Roman republic come to mind. This is a good continuous journey threw them all. Very entertaining. If you have never listened to Dan before, a must!

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Dan Carlin Through and Through

A masterpiece of all that is Dan Carlin. If you like the podcasts, you'll like this audiobook. Honestly, I can't imagine Dan Carlin in text form because it wouldn't have the Dan Carlin special sauce that makes him so great.

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Dan Carlin Does Not Disappoint

like 8 or so mini Hard Core Histories rolled into one, touching from the dawn of history to boarders of the post modern world it is excellent. No thesis, no big idea, but a grand cohesive theme begging the uncomfortable questions of our life, our past and our future, and expanding upon those questions in the balanced way his shows have always demonstrated. History, philosophy, and Dan Carlin fans alike cannot go wrong with this purchase.

also despite the fact that it cheaper than most other worth while books on Audible, it really makes you appreciate how much is given for free in the regular shows, and how little is asked for the whole back catalogue.

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Classic Carlin

I'm a huge fan of his podcasts and this novel did not disappoint. Fantastic subject matter and performance as usual. Thanks Dan!!

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“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky animals.”

I have long been a fan of Hardcore History, and was greatly anticipating this book. When it was published in 2019, it was thoughtful and thorough. Now in 2023, with COVID still rampant and the ongoing Russian attacks on Ukraine (among other global issues), it truly brings home the message that WE ARE NOT LEARNING OUR HISTORY. I live in hope that we will get our global heads together very soon. But I am not confident.

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Dan Carlin brings you there

Perfect narration by a man who has become an expert in his field. informed and energetic. just like his podcast. loved it

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