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  • The End Is Always Near

  • Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
  • Geschrieben von: Dan Carlin
  • Gesprochen von: Dan Carlin
  • Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 55 Min.
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Welt
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (100 Bewertungen)

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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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    Great for newcomers, merely okay for long time fan

    I have been following Mr. Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcasts for a few years, and worked my way through the entire back catalog. This was the main reason that prompted me to check out this book.
    If you are not familiar with his work, this might be a very good introduction to an already huge library of very interesting, often surprising, and compellingly presented podcasts.
    If you are however familiar, well, tread carefully. I'm sure any fan of "Hardcore History" will enjoy this. But should not expect hardcore history, as it were.

    I enjoyed his description of the rise and fall of Assyrians, Medes, and Phoenicians, I did learn a few new things there.
    However, it was over far, far too quick, and does not compare with the gloriously obscene level of detail I am used to from his podcast.
    It cannot compare, of course. Here, in not quite 8 hours, he proposes to cover events that span the length of recorded human history. While, in his podcast, he spent ~18 hours just on WW1. Japanese imperial expansionism has notched up no less than 12 hours.

    I'm sure that squeezing the entirety of human history into significantly less time than that is a constraint of publishing for a general audience, and avoiding the many, many details he usually has on hand in his podcasts is necessary to lure in and hook unsuspecting newcomers.

    I, as a long time follower of Mr. Carlin's oeuvre, found it good enough to finish it, and to decide against returning it. I do think it's worth the price of admission, at least as part of my subscription.
    Anyone with a general interest in human history, from pre-literate eras to mutually assured destruction, will certainly get their money's worth.

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    Terrible reader

    Couldn't bear the readers voice and constant inflection. you're better off purchasing the book itself

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    sehr gut erklärt

    der Text ist sehr gut verständlich und erfrischend erklärt. gut in unsere Zeit passend .

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    A history book for fans of history

    I am an avid follower of the podcast, so picking up this audiobook was a no-brainer. It uses many bits of Hardcore History episodes, but is still a sublime hear on its own, with the end Message being clear and terrifying despite the apparent obvious nature. Sensational as always Dan!

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    Great quality as expected

    If you enjoy the podcast this book will be worth it for you. Even if you normally are not into history Dan Carlin will make you see history from a different point of view and think about it.