I yearn for episodes of Hardcore History. Then, when one arrives, I devour it as a man deprived of food for a week falls upon a cauldron of stew. Then I listen to an episode 4 times over the next 6 months until I’m left yearning once more.
Dan really humanizes the historical events, the details between historical timelines and dates. I was pulled in by king of Kings but blue prints for Armageddon, the series on WW1 blew me away. I highly recommend this series as a jumping off point.
This review exists solely because Dan referred to Gen. Douglas MacArthur as “Douglas ‘The Situation’ MacArthur” and I laughed so hard I had to leave my cubicle and go outside. I hope that’s enough to spur you to listen but if not this show is the most in-depth and funny but also incredibly serious historical podcast out there and deserves a listen.
Many miles w/ this podcast. Absolutely gorgeous
Dan Carlin is a master story teller. The only way to Really find history exciting is to listen to Mr. Carlin explain it.
Very interesting new take on history
It’s a great history podcast but the time it takes him to make a single episode is longer then the battles and wars he is detailing. He puts out about 2/3 episodes a year. Most of the podcast is him quoting other people after he describes the quote example: “The line was moving back and what really sounded like improvisation was when the Japanese took bicycles, as Admiral Sykes wrote, quote, ‘we saw the line moving back and it looked like they started improvising as they took bicycles from the civilians’” And this goes on and on until an episode is 3 hours long. Describe a quote, and then he says the quote, then he describes what he just said. Rinse. Repeat.
There is not another podcast that compares to Hardcore History. The format is long, the updates are few and far between, and it is absolutely perfect. No other podcast could get away with the things this one does. The key is the compelling content and presentation that hooks the listener in for hour after hour.
Please do an episode of how the Sunni vs Shia Muslim conflict started!
Dan’s work is nothing short of amazing. Think you don’t care about military history? Let Dan change your mind. The podcast only comes out once an a wile but man is it worth the wait. This podcast has given me an appreciation for history and the world we live in like no history class before. Keep up the great work Dan, we LOVE it!
Dan is amazing, his storytelling is so enveloping. I am a history nerd so I love all of it. His analysis and interwoven anecdotal retelling compliments the histories he tells perfectly. I can’t say enough good things about this podcast, you can really tell Dan puts his heart and soul into his craft. Dan keep it up. I would love to hear a podcast on your analysis/views of General Patton and Field Marshall Rommel. Maybe a Blitz podcast? Again if you’re reading this give this podcast a listen. You won’t be able to stop listening!
I have been listening to podcast for years. This is without a doubt the greatest podcast of all time. Dan does an incredible job at recounting these stories from all time periods. Please keep it up!!!
Simply put, my favorite podcast of all-time. Dan does an amazing job of story-telling while running thought experiments and, above all, bringing the human element of history to life. A masterpiece and pioneer of the podcasting frontier.
....so many of Dan's HH shows are up there with some of my favorite songs and albums of bands I love. He creates meaningful art from history. A rare Gem.
Dan does a great job telling the story. He can go off on tangents and wind around a bit, but it never feels out of place or wasted. His passion for the material comes through in a great way, and he makes parts of history I know nothing about feel familiar and engaging. My only complaint is that his volume goes up and down a lot depending on where he is in a sentence or particular segment—it makes it kind of hard to hear the quieter parts when there’s road noise while listening in the car or other ambient noise while listening on headphones, unless you turn it way up and blow your eardrums on the louder parts.
Most interesting history podcast - Dan Carlin has a gift for explaining historical events & the ramifications of those events
The best days of the year are when Dan releases es a new episode! A 20+ hr long series is never enough because it only takes me a couple days to knock out. I highly recommend visiting his website and finding other episodes and series available! I love them all! Thanks Dan!
This dude likes history and stuff. I like it
Dan is the “tell me what I want to hear” historian! Perfect for the cynical generation which I believe he is part of. I loved encountering his fervent interest in the same things that interest myself yet at the same time having such a different opinion about what it all means! Dan does great research and is careful with his opinion however he cannot help his palpable Boomer/zoomer interpretation of the world. On the opening of supernova in the East III he proudly settled the matter of the existence of good and evil in great boomer fashion, it doesn’t exist thanks Dan I’ve been wondering. His love of how modern historians in academia treat history like vultures picking the bones, full of mistrust and cynicism would lead one to believe we really can’t know anything, if one was looking at it the same way Dan seems to be doing often! Dan is selling a world view and using history to do it! Overall his stuff is great if you love history listen but of course question what your being told!
Totally awesome podcast cast. I found this podcast and couldn’t stop listening!! How do I get the rest of the old episodes!?!
Too much talking, Carlin goes off away from the story far too often. Very hard to follow along.
Dan Carlin is a consummate story-teller. I love his style and delivery. He really breathes life into any era.
Dan Carlin is a riveting narrator of history, with brilliant analysis and reflection, in historical, and modern context.
I’ve listened to this podcast, and many others, for years. This is the one I look forward to the most!
When I saw the length of the episodes, and knowing that this covered historic events/eras, I was very pensive - even after the multiple recommendations. The first few minutes into my first episode, I was hooked. Dan Carlin (and team) really nail the tone and cadence of a good podcast while keeping you interested in the small turning cogs of these events. This is a seriously great podcast, and I’m always beyond excited when a new episode pops up.
Dan has re-introduced story telling to me. Thanks.
This show helped to bring me back into the realm of history. His storytelling ability is fascinating and holds your attention. If you enjoy his shows here download his older shows from his website, they are totally worth the cost and his multipart series on the fall of Rome is captivating.
The best show out there. Thanks Dan!
If only the teachers in school could have the passion and ability to put images into your head to make you understand these historical events. Had this been the case I would have been interested in history long before I found this podcast. Cannot thank Dan Carlin enough for the knowledge he has gather and shared with me through this podcast.
Dan Carlin’s narration of the rise of the Japanese empire in the 20th century is simply incredible. The ratings of less than 5 stars are honestly confusing. His Mongolian series was likewise enthralling. Please keep it up, Dan.
Dan the work you did on this story was flawless. I’ve listened twice and referred it to a number of people. In school I dreaded history but this brought me much closer to WWI. I recently listened to another story and unfortunately it included your vague negative opinion of our current president. I tire of artistic liberals who have the venue that you and others do to express this. I enjoy your creativity and ability but this has clouded my view of you as an author. We all need to be very careful of mixing our political opinions with our work. It’s decisive and in these days you we need less of that. Keep up the good work.
I know I’m late to the show, and honestly very thankful for that— If I actually hate to WAIT for episodes to come out..... well I just couldn’t. They’re too good. I’ve listened to all of Blueprint for Armageddon and could NOT be more impressed. Hands down the best podcast series I’ve ever listened too. And for the record— I’ve never even considered myself a history person.
You give so much info in such a short time, you say it in a way that makes you want to listen carefully to every word that when something sidetracks you for 30 seconds you have to go back a minute to make sure you get it all.
The installments are infrequent, but the content is so robust that I find myself genuinely excited every time a release is downloaded. Every episode is so rich that it is worth multiple listens. Dan Carlin is wonderful around a campfire. Thanks so much. I plan on purchasing all of the old episodes.
Dan shares another great recipe in Supernova. To taste more of the menu, I paid for his other episodes and am not disappointed. His online catalog of podcast are a five star historical buffet. Where can I find works cited information to continue the journey in between servings from the Master Chef?
Dan does a great job with these podcasts. His style is energetic, entertaining, and engaging. The way that he weaves together 1st party accounts with the context of that persons account in the larger story is great. You can really tell that Dan and his team put a lot of prep into each podcast. Each episode feels like you are listening to an audiobook. The only negative is that Dan is not able to put out podcasts more frequently.
Dan is the history teacher I wish I had in school. Keep up the great work! Hopefully we don’t have to wait as long for part four, but patience is a virtue.
What a great podcast - love the in-depth history and the questions Dan Carlin asks. Hope he will cover General Joseph Stilwell in the upcoming podcasts. Look forward to more shows in 2020.
5 stars isn’t enough
I've used this in my classroom before and my students love it. Dan brings it to life and keeps them engaged; it's a middle school teacher's dream.
Absolutely love this show. Entertaining take on history.
It’s finally out!! I’ve been waiting for it, 8 long months...
Best Podcast if you’re into History. Outstanding work. My only complaint is I wish Dan would bring out new episodes more frequently like once a month. Easier said than done!
The best! Number One! The details! The entertainment! The passion!
Another great episode. I always wondered if President Trump studded General Douglas MacArthur. Both really smart with huge egos and personalities. The Japanese were a brutal savage foe. My father served on B-24’s and always was very happy we drop the nukes to end the war. I was a Marine in the early 80’s and spent many days on Liberty and training in the jungles of the Philippines. Met an old man who was a filipino scout who served under MacArthur. Showed me his footlocker with his medals and old pictures. Along with leaflets of pictures of MacArthur with the words I Shall Return! He and his friends Loved him. And told me we should have drop 10 more Atomic bombs on them. He is still a hero there
I love this podcast but good grief, why must Dan Carlin read the quotations so much more loudly than the rest of the text? It makes it really unpleasant on headphones. There are times when I have to turn it off even though I’m enjoying the content. I can’t be the first to be bothered by this.... Only compelled to write because it seems worse than ever in this most recent episode (Supernova in the East III).
Dude, where you been? I can restart my life now...
Dan has the ability to make you love history, even if you failed it in high school. His engagement is contagious and the delivery is second to none. Do yourself a favor and download one and lock yourself in your house and put your phone on airplane mode.
Sir thank you for your service to humanity!!
I listen to quite a few podcasts but none capture my attention and imagination quite like a Dan Carlin HH episode. It has motivated me to go out and learn so much more about history and I don’t think any other podcast out there is such an enthralling experience like this one consistently is.
This is the finest history podcast ever produced. Dan Carlin is a marvelous orator. His material is factual and entertaining. I cannot get enough of this podcast. Keep up the good work Dan!
I’ve listened since 2014 and am still amazed at the quality of research and story telling Dan has maintained.
The episodes are 5 hours long... and boy it feels like the intro is an hour of it.
Simply one of the best historical story tellers out there. Gives great detail and perspective that enlightens the whole of the event.
Absolutely love it. Worth purchasing the older episodes
This man and this podcast are brilliant. I’d say that my only wish is that they came out more often, but each of these series is like 500-750 page book. I’m amazed he’s able to do these period, let alone more than once a year.
We missed you Dan!
New episode!! Enjoy this podcast so much.
Dan! We need more!!!!
Simply the greatest podcast of all time.
Nothing else needs to be said.
For those who love reading, this is a great listen.
Simply the best History podcast.
Best podcast out there by far! I wait anxiously for each new episode to drop and have re-listened to everything I can get my hand on. Keep up the amazing work Dan!!!
I have long loved history and specifically ancient history. Mr. Carlin is an enrapturing speaker and he has expanded my view in something’s from history I thought I knew well. The king of kings series was most excellent as well as the blue print for Armageddon episodes. Well done sir and thank you for all your effort and passion. I look forward to listening to all these stories through you, please continue the exemplary work.
Find me another podcast that builds and build in this way. I know of no other. A podcast for book readers. I am always enthralled.
Delightful and deep analysis and great voice. Very much wish more history classes had lecturers like him.
Hey Dan! When are you going to post part III of supernova in the east!? I’m starting to go through withdraw symptoms without any new, “hard core history,” episodes!
Amazing narration and complete breakdowns so one can understand and grasp each situation to the fullest extent. I just wish they’d be released weekly!
Could not expect to ever find a better podcast about history than this. It’s perfect in almost every way except for one huge problem. The wait time between episodes is ridiculous.
Dan’s podcast is the best podcast out there. The content is the best possible content you could expect from a podcast. There is not one negative thing I could say about the content it is just fantastic. Because of the high bar Dan has set for himself the rate at which he has put out content has slowed dramatically. We used to get 3 - 4 hours of content every 3 months. This year it is October and we are 10 months since the last Hardcore podcast. Dan I know I can speak for a great deal of your listeners when I say we would be fine with 80/% if we got to hear from you 1 time per quarter. Love you and the podcast. Thank you for all your hard work.
Just finished the Blueprint to Armageddon and the way Dan Carlin paints a picture from the accounts of soldiers in WWI is simply amazing. The stunning amount of information in every episode as well as hearing these first hand stories was mind blowing to me. I’d love to hear a series like this about WWII. I’m about to start on “Common Sense” another of Dan Carlin’s podcasts, great work, can’t wait for more! 5/5!
I could go on and on about Dan's podcast, but I'm going to try to keep it short. Fantastic production, top-notch research, riveting content, all wrapped up in peerless presentation. He says "I'm not a historian; just a fan of history", but my degree is in history AND I taught it for 8 years, but I've never heard anyone deliver history so wonderfully. Like the title says, it just doesn't get any better than this. Hardcore History is absolutely perfect!
My friends who HATED history class in school love this podcast. If that’s not indicative of how great this podcast is, I don’t know what could do better. Dan brings the past to life, allowing one to imagine worlds much different than our own. I started with his Wrath of the Khans series (partly because I love Mongol history, partly because Joe Rogan mentioned it about 1,000 times on JRE) and have listened ever since. Dan has a way of making history fun and engaging. I wish my teachers had a 1/10 of Dan’s enthusiasm and ability to make me excited about parts of history that I hadn’t previously been interested in. This is a great podcast deserving of your time!
Without pier Dan tries to give an unbiased and compelling narrative, time and again. If you’re a fan of history or not the tale is served in such a way as to make you think, be engaged and on the edge of your seat. Well done Dan. More sir more!
His body of work will be remembered alongside the likes of Homer and Shakespeare. There has never been a more compelling medium ever made.
Dan Carlin should be a national treasure and is “required listening” for my kids. Amazing stuff
... I’m married to one. These episodes are both history, present, and future; dished out in interesting and imaginative ways. Keep them coming! We’re able to talk history now as a couple, it’s kind of fun.
Great podcast. I’m a history junky and I love the way history is presented here!
No new episode for my marathon attempt tomorrow morning. It’s been 10 months Dan. I’m not mad, just disappointed haha
Love the insights, level of detail and most of all - the delivery.
Easily the best podcast out there!!!
In 2014 Hardcore History released episodes in January, April, August, and December. It’s 2019 and we got an episode in January, now we are in October and still nothing. So you will love the content and then be frustrated that this show barley exists now. I might seriously be dead by the time the next episode is up. This is a 5 star podcast moving at 1 star speed.
Do yourself a favor. Listen to WWI. You’ll never stop after that.
Yes, yeeeees, yeeeeeeeeeees
Really engaging - never expected such an intense coverage of prewar Japan would be so interesting. But my biggest quibble is how “angry” (?) Carlin seems whenever reading quotes. I know you are trying to be “Hardcore” but it gets annoying fast.
The content is entertaining but Dan Carlin is a hack historian. I’m really happy that he’s made history interesting for a lot of people who otherwise we’re turned off by what they learned in high school, but the Great Man style of history he seems to fall back on takes all the complexity out of what he’s talking about. It’s not that different than watching a well-researched movie - it’s about narrative and atmosphere rather than understanding why something happened and how it relates to our lives. That’s what makes it enjoyable for a lot of people, and I’m all for that (really!); but don’t take his word as the last if you’re actually interested in history.
This is AWESOME. Love it . I kinda wish the episodes were a bit shorter. The WWI episodes are a little much for me, but they are really well done. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
This is hands down the best history podcast, especially the ones he did on Genghis Khan.
Absolutely absolutely ABSOLUTELY my favorite podcast. Will forever be a life long Dan-Fan.
The best history podcast. Keep up the great work.
Dan Carlin often says he’s not a historian, but he reads the best. This is undoubtedly true and if you listen to his shows you will find this yourself. Dan does a good job amalgamating enough sources to tell a convincing story and it becomes highly entertaining when he adds his personal Semitic twist. He is enthralled with Semitic people and takes every chance to bring them up. Most often, as in ancient and contemporary history, his people are the weaker, less intelligent bunch. In his accounts, they are always being wronged by Aryans, but the Semitic people can do no wrong themselves. You won’t get through an episode without tribute being paid to the Jewish religion of Holocostianity and rhetorical flagellation of Hilter. Dan does an excellent job framing the Jews, for the hundredth or so time in accurate history, as being ignorant, helpless victims to Aryan power. You’ll have to go elsewhere to learn about their near endless cultural, corporeal and corporate crimes, as you should. This Neo-Jewish thinking permeates every subject. It is better to be cunning than strong; the greatest western cultures such as Roman, British, American are properly castigated and eastern cultures are elevated and largely exonerated morally. I love this show.
I’ve been scrolling through the reviews for like an hour and I have only seen 5/5. I’m breaking the streak cause I give this a 37262762/5.
This is my favorite show by far.... where is it😳 Anyone know what happened?
I know he’s putting together a quality show, but I just wish I could get my dose of hardcore history more frequently
If you really want to learn about some historical topics this is your podcast. His massive 2 - 3 hour episodes could be divided in more but shorter podcasts. Yet, it is still enjoyable (I listen it in chunks) With a plethora of references, the listener can go and read more about any of the episodes and expand his knowledge thirst. Very well researched and narrated, Dr. Carlin podcast is a jewel.
I could listen to Dan give a four hour history of the turnip. Research is first class and delivery is even better. Thanks, Dan.
I burned thru the podcast episode available in less than 2 weeks. I have since gone on to iTunes and purchased all the Punic wars, wrath of the Kahn’s, and death throes of the republic. I can’t get enough! Keep them coming Dan (and staff) and thank you for this. A true pleasure
Is Pulitzer worthy
The best podcast ever period!!!
I LOVE , LOVE , LOVE YOUR PODCAST IT IS AMAZING YOUR BRING HISTORY TO LIFE I FEEL LIKE I'M THERE , MOST OF THE TIME I'M GLAD I'M NOT . THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WORK. I LOOK FORWARD TO NEW HISTORY LESSONS
Literally the Greatest Podcast of All Time, listened to over 100 podcasts since 2011. Just found this podcast this year. This stuff is goooood. Makes you able to picture yourself in moments in history to actually understand what happened a skill none of my professors ever really had. Brilliant!
I have had a hankering for history yet the kind of history from public school text books that I got always left me wanting to know more, with a sour after taste of unanswered questions. Dan Carlin’s take on history leaves me shaken yet satisfied with getting into the mindset of nearly any one and every one involved, including spectators. Great recommendation from Woolie.
I recently finished Supernova in the east II and I hate being left on a cliff hanger for several months.
Dan Carlin is a master narrator. He makes the listener feel like they are there, living in the moments he is describing. He add drama and emotion to his narrative. Always a treat to listen to; I’ve listened to Blueprints for Armageddon twice already!
From the topics to the content and extensive context, this podcast will make you rethink how you view history and what it means for the present day. A must subscribe for anyone remotely interested in history.
The most entertaining, exhilarating, hari raising podcast ive listened to. Dan is the man, period.
So how do I purchase episodes ?
This man somehow made me forget that music ever existed....
This podcast team is absolutely phenomenal at what they do! Dan Carlin keeps me riveted for every second. I listened to all 6 episodes on WWI, which were very long and packed full of information, and at the end I was sad and almost hurt that the ride was over. Additionally, I love the touches of humanity introduced that this team focuses on. I’ve had to pause this at work because my eyes start watering when I hear about a man writing his last letter to his wife... I can only say good things about this podcast and recommend it to everyone that wants to learn history while experiencing the thrill of a passionately delivered story.
This show slaps for 5 hours at a time. How is that even possible.
The entire podcast is amazing, but the Blueprint for Armageddon episodes were simply perfect. Those episodes detail the complex history of WW1 in the most thorough yet clear way possible. Any history fan should give those a listen. The Supernova in the East episodes are also amazing. Would love to hear some episodes about revolutionary France through the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
It’s interesting subject matter and topics and subtracted from, as others have said, by the odd way in with he tries to make the content sound dramatic. This modification of his voice is very distracting and disappointing and I wished I wasn’t so bothered by it but it’s very annoying to me when he does it almost every sentence. Otherwise it’s a cool show
I listen to these over and over learning something new each time. I especially enjoy how lengthy and in depth each podcast is.
Hands down the best. I can not recommend this podcast enough. Carlin’s series on the Mongols and WW1 are top-notch. Just great stuff.
He rambles a lot and switches between talking speeds and volumes constantly. I’m okay with just speeding up people usually but when you switch between talking fast and leaving full seconds between words adding in yelling and then talking quietly for drama it makes the story almost unlistenable
I’m a new comer to HCH and have been blown away by the content. Starting with the Persian wars to WWI these series have been very informative. I’ve recommended to many. Keep up the great stuff that I certainly missed in reading history!
My friend recommended Hardcore History to me back in 2014 and I can’t get enough of it. Been religiously listening to it and can’t wait for what’s next.
Awesome delivery and breakdown.. Can’t wait for more....
Just discovered this podcast. Highly recommend
In a word Genius!
I’ve been missing pieces of perspective throughout history and you’re helping to increase the angles of my perception. It will undoubtedly contribute to my future understandings of human evolution and society. I will be a much better President because of it.
I have listened to the majority of Dan’s Hardcore History episodes up until this point and even purchased all of Dan’s old episodes because I liked them so much. The sheer detail that he provides on each topic that he covers is world class and unmatched by other history podcasters. What he excels at most in my opinion is that he doesn’t just simply relate facts in a chronological manner, but also shares his own insight which provides the listener with a lot of “aha” moments. It will literally change the way you view the world. He not only does that, but also tells the stories in such a way that it’s easy for the listener to put themselves in the shoes of those individuals that actually experienced the events that Dan covers. If you are looking for a solid history podcast with a lot of wonderful insights, then this is the one for you. I hope Dan keeps the episodes coming for a long time to come.
Totally engrossing enjoyed every episode.
This guy is good! Im happy I chose this podcast
Dan is passionate about all of the topics he dives into. His passion is as infectious as a Middle Age Plague! He has changed my perspective on humanity. I will never be not listening to Hardcore History. Thank you Dan.
The best ever.
Dan Carlin for President! Never would I feel more comfortable, that someone could lead our country. Knowing the mistakes and successes of the past will make a great leader. And Dan knows both
Listening to the rantings of a historical genius has never been so enjoyable. I still find myself thinking Dan Carlin sounds & speaks just like comedian George Carlin. I checked & they’re not related to googles knowledge.
I have tried almost 10 minutes of almost every history pod but this one stood out and now I can’t stop listening
I listened to the shows on WWI, the cold war, the Spanish-American war, and the Anabaptist uprising in Germany. I learned a lot. These episodes summarized the history in a way that was understandable and interesting. I like how Dan tries to be fair to the historical figures in these shows. He doesn’t seem to have a political agenda. He appears to look at the history from multiple points of view. He does his homework and it shows.
There is nothing remotely like this in the seemingly bottomless pit of podcast content. If you want a refreshing and non-partisan overview of a particular period in history, this is unparalleled. I wish he could put out content with more frequency, but quality takes time. The work that goes into each episode certainly shows in the product.
Dan Carlin has without a doubt the best history podcast I have ever seen. He takes the time to thoroughly research all of his topics and always manages to make you think about the narrative that earlier historians and modern historians have spun about whatever time period he is talking about. Excellent podcast every fan of history should listen to this!
Dan has an amazing way of pulling you into the history of each episode.
This is my favorite podcast. Dan's shows provide a narritivie, a commentary, or a background on anyone of a number of places, events, or concepts. This show has taught me history I never would have otherwise cared to learn, but have greatly flushed out my understanding of history.
I really love Blueprint for Armageddon - such great info and I was kept interested. But why do you practically whisper when talking, then yell when reading quotes? I was constantly adjusting my volume to make it tolerable.
The amount of time and energy put into these speeches are simply beautiful
Epic podcast, love it
Just listen to Armageddon1-6. Was hook from the start. What a great listen!!! Can’t wait to listen to morei
Just wondering your thoughts on Greek historian Herodotus. He commented on the specifics regarding the fall of babylon, but you states that it did not happen the way the Bible states. Thanks
All I could say is four hours gone and riveted the whole time.
I listen to ALL KINDS of historical podcasts (assassinations, AHT, History of Egypt, etc.) but this one doesn’t leave me wanting more like the others. In comparison, the others are far more succinct, which means too much fat has been trimmed. This podcast is WONDERFUL and comes at the issue from many sides. I only wish there were more episodes, I’ve devoured the first three in a week.
Thank you Dan Carlin!
Outstanding! I am listening to Armageddon for the second time.
I don’t think I have ever heard anyone explain History this well, or as thorough and clearly before... Dan, you have a rare gift! This podcast should be mandatory for all high school and college students...nationwide... as for myself, I’ll be listening to everything you have done previously and all future podcasts..... thanks!
Good for commuters!
Best Podcast to listen to about history that most have never learned.
This podcast is AMAZING. The density of historical insight and the thoughtful approach make this a jewel that everyone should take advantage of. Thank you Mrs. Carlin.
There is nothing I can write that will do justice to how worthwhile this podcast is
Forget best history podcast. Best podcast. First podcast that got me into podcasts. First time since college I felt like anyone cared about history as much as I do. I share with friends, family, strangers, and find myself quoting his shows in my daily life. I will wait forever in between shows. Dan is the man. Listen, Re-Listen, Repeat. 10,000 star rating.
Absolute best history podcast I came across!!
Not Manu additions this year.
As a fan of history podcasts, I have found Hardcore History to be the best of the best. I have listened to “Blueprint for Armageddon” and “Ghosts of the Ostfront” many times, and seem to pick up something new each time. Dan Carlin does his research and delivers each podcast with the precision and impact of a cruse missile!
just the best, simply the best. Hands down.
Just a fantastic podcast. Hours and hours of great information and great story telling.
Excellent summery of Japanese history that’s usually hard to keep track of and understand ... loved it
Dan delivers a great podcast
I like “traditional” history and its focus on names and dates and events, but “traditional” history almost always falls short when reporting the emotions of history. This is likely because knowing the emotions of history, specifically ancient history, is extremely difficult and requires speculation. And so proper historians consider it frivolous and unprofessional to go in-depth on the emotions of the past. But Dan “Not a historian” Carlin is not restricted by professionalism in the field of history, and he dares to inject a host of emotions into his recountings of history. These emotions are based on primary sources if possible, but more often based on secondary sources and speculation when the period is too ancient or lacking in English sources. And this emotional element gives Dan Carlin’s history something a lot of other history podcasts lack, a depth, an edge—color. It can be hard to connect with a person or peoples of the past when only told about their cultures and customs and actions, but when told about their feelings and emotions suddenly this person who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago becomes real in the imagination. And Dan Carlin’s nack for realizing the characters of history into real people is what makes his podcasts so riveting. It provides a unique, albeit potentially inaccurate, perspective on history that inspires listeners to think more carefully about people of the past and the present.
This is the best podcast available period.
I mean it’s really just too good. I guess it had better be with only like two episodes coming out a year 😂😂! But seriously, you’re guaranteed a great story every time you listen.
You’re naysayers are just that, please do not change anything, just please keep coming out with them. Sir, maybe something on ancient sumerians? Thank you again!
There’s a reason why it has five stars
Summary: Great show with only 1 downside. !!!NOT ENOUGH CONTENT!!! I absolutely love this podcast and despite the length of each episode of the podcast I have listened to every episode 29 times over. I only can complain against the length of time between podcasts episodes as it takes 4-6 months next episode. I’m waiting for Supernova in the East III and the inevitable of The Battle of the Philippians, Siege of Batan and the Death March, Coral Sea and Midway. I love the Pacific War and Japan’s rise. Dan If possible please do a addendum of either the Journey of the Russian Second Pacific Fleet for a extreme of the Human Experience or on the Battle of Samar. Your Narration and take on those events would enlighten many unaware of this event and the events should be amazingly interesting for you. That said back on the lack of content available on iTunes currently, maybe having hardcore history’s archives opened up when their is a large lull of content maybe having 1 more series unlocked for a month possibly. Something possibly related to the current or last podcast. I love your stuff and just want more, yet I can’t really afford to actively pay for the podcast archive but the lulls between episodes is maddening for me. I can’t be the only one. Yet working with curators and vets makes me pleased with your work on Supernova. The show would just need some more content though I don't know if I would ever be satisfied with just a few more episodes. Still an amazing podcast that is my go to source for tutoring my peers. Thank you Dan for all that you do.
He has turned me into a context-junkie....
In depth and thorough walkthrough of important historical events. Still easily understandable for people who know absolutely nothing (me).
Wow these stories are by the best man. Thank you sir for the hard work you do. I love your passion and perspective in what I believe to be a crucial place in history. Sir you’re the master of history.
Dan is the absolute man, there are few things I enjoy more than listening to him unfold history that otherwise hides in the creases of our past. I recommend him to anyone any everyone... even if history isn’t your thing, Dan paints the picture of human nature and humanity in such a fashion that anyone who enjoys a good story will be wildly entertained and fascinated by the depth of his accounts, and likely by their own lack of understanding of where and how we come to be. Thank you Dan I will indeed donate or buy your episodes as they have been of immense value to me!
put simply- the best. and it’s not close.
I love it! Blueprint is great and I’m also reading a great book that is paired perfectly! Easy to understand and extremely informative. I will be using some clips in my high school classes to prepare my students for WW1. Can’t wait to listen to the Supernova series next.
Better late than never, huh? I’ve listened to all of your podcast and you’ve never disappointed. Thank you for not bowing to the left or the right and trying to shape history like the horde seem to do these days. You’re the needle in the hay stack. I’m grateful that I came across your podcast. Thank you!
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I was never a great lover of history, but I plan to listen to every single episode of this show. Dan Carlin makes history everything it should be - informative, entertaining, and educational. He is so great about calling out when he is beyond his element as a ‘non-historian’, and yet the personal opinions he provides are incredibly insightful. Wrath of Khans is pretty much the coolest podcast series you will ever hear. Thank you Dan for being such an amazing human! Would kill to have a beer with this guy.
Started listening last week, absolutely hooked. Top notch.
I’ve been binging on podcasts for about a year now. There are many bad ones and a few good ones. I came across Hardcore History with Dan Carlin about a week ago and was blown away. This is the absolute cream of the crop where podcasts are concerned. This is the the audio equivalent to the book that you become obsessed with and can’t put down. I understand some historians say he oversimplifies history. Mr. Carlin says, quite frequently, that he isn’t a historian. I beg to differ. He makes history so real you can almost hear, smell, touch and see it. That’s mostly not a pleasant thing, Lol! This is a gift that many so-called historians lack, making history boring and mundane for many people. Bravo Mr. Carlin, please keep it up, I can’t get enough! Thanks!
Dan does a great job of bringing history in a way you can tell he loves! His passion and overall simple kindness, give him a neutral non biased empathetic approach to all people. Dan Carlin is a great man in my opinion and I feel blessed to have him spreading wisdom. Not opinions, in a world where there are 100000000 opinion based or feelings based casts Dan is a breath of stability. Thank you Dan. Travis from Texas
I want to love this show so badly but just can’t! I’m a huge history buff and usually devour anything similar to this show. However, I can’t stand the format of this show; it’s simply him talking and jumping from subject matter to subject matter. He rambles and there is no clear direction or development of the subject matter. I tried a few episodes but going to unfollow.
This is definitely a must listen podcast. He bring history to live, and the best way to described it is this: if your ears had eyes then this is what it would avidly listen too. Absolutely 5 stars
Holy Heck. Dan Carlin conveys such a love for history and story telling. Did you ever have a great teacher who you didn't agree with about a lot of stuff and still her/his passion for the subject taught you legions?
That Dan Carlin has a passion for the subject material and that he is incredibly well read contribute greatly to the quality of Hardcore History but it is his experience as a journalist which sets him apart. Carlin is unsurpassed by McNamee, Harvey or any other luminary of the airwaves in the craft of great radio. Listening to a stream in your car you can almost hear the hooves of Hannibal’s cavalry thundering across the ground as they race to envelop a Roman legion at Cannae. Podcasts, even some of the most popular examples, are often poorly executed. This is never the case with Hardcore History. I’ve yet to listen to a single episode that was not riveting. I’d give far more than five stars were they available.
Only problems are A: it takes 6 months to get a new episode, and B: nothing on the Boer War yet. That said, still captivating enough for 5 stars.
So much fun to listen to! Dan is so passionate about the stories he shares its impossible not to get excited about them too.
I love his ability to weave the human experience into history thus creating a living dynamic experience. I have always enjoyed history outside a classroom setting, I could care less about memorizing the date and am more interested in the content of history with the date and being able to extrapolate it to current events and times. Having been in the military it was amusing to see the same mistakes in military leadership, similar faulty assumptions and poor focus on the human element, logistics and medicine have created the same outcomes for years. I have to laugh out loud. Whatever your perspective this is an enjoyable and educational way to spend miles in a car.
What I really appreciate is the deep dive on things that are brushed over so quickly in World History courses. My favorite is still Blueprint for Armageddon (WWI). Brings to life the often forgotten wonton wholesale destruction as civilization struggles to understand what modern warfare is. As a listener, I appreciate his research and passion. A must listen for history buffs. Dan sets the bar high.
Whether you’re listening at home, in your car, or at work, the narration makes you feel as though you’re living in the exact moment he is portraying. It’s absolutely breathtaking, and wildly informative in a way you’ve probably never been presented history before. I couldn’t recommend this podcast enough.
The best history pod available and possibly one of the best podcast series period. Highly recommend!
This is the best history podcast in the game, I just wish there was more. Does anyone have an idea when the next one is coming out??
The Celtic Holocaust is six hours long. It’s so good I listened to ALL of it. In one sitting.
Wow just wow I speechless..... this guy can tell a story I wish school history was lol this
By far my favorite podcast!
I've relistened to every podcast so often I've lost track
Can’t wait for the next episode!
I really wanted to be able to listen to this podcast. The content was good however there’s no consistency in tone and I kept having to turn the volume down and up. On top of that he though I appreciate him adding some life to the show he’s trying a little to hard and is a bit extra on the dramatics. The combination just made it too annoying to listen to.
Very informative and entertaining without being over the top. Speculative information is always shared with a disclaimer and I enjoy the host’s interpretations of events.
Just listen already
As a huge fan of history I really appreciated such an in-depth and captivating series. I feel that the First World War is overshadowed and not discussed as often as it deserves, so I found this podcast to be extremely interesting. I binged the whole series once I discovered it!
This is my favorite history podcast, and one of my overall favorites. It's informative, interesting, and thought provoking. Clearly, an enormous amount of research and other preparation time goes into it, so it seems churlish to wish it updated more often. Instead, thank you, Dan!
For all the work you and your staff put in sir thank you very much. These podcasts are so compelling that I listen to them more than once. I can totally unplug from the stress of today’s world to immerse myself into yesterday’s world it’s very enjoyable, this is literally the best podcast in the world imho . I have learned so much from these audio dissertations and have really enjoyed listening to them all.
This is by far, the most extensive, intricate and engaging history podcast available. If able, I recommend you go to Dan’s website and buy the older podcasts not available anywhere else.
New to podcasts but love military history. Easy to listen to and feel like I’m there. They way he speaks and tells the history is easy to hear and keeps you listening. The detail he goes through and the way he does it using info from all sides is extraordinary. When one is finished I Loo forward to the next. The 5 part Armageddon series has given me a much deeper understanding of WW1, a different perspective and a much greater appreciation of the impact of humanity of the conflict.
Simply, THE BEST!
I listened to every episode of “Blueprints for Armageddon” and it was incredible. I can’t imagine all the research he had to do to produce that! I loved the way Dan approached the topic with a relatively unbiased point of view. I’ve never heard it that way, and I think it’s important to remember that each life that’s lost is a tragedy, not just the ones on your side of the conflict. I had no idea there was so much that happened during WWI and I loved learning every bit of it. I really appreciate the amount of hard work that went into making this incredible podcast.
Dan makes history vivid, and doesn’t gloss over the dark or gory details. It isn’t macabre, it is informative. Not dry or dusty, he breathes life into stories you are familiar with, but don’t know details about.
Recently went through the Blueprint for Armageddon series again, the quotes and eye witness accounts of the events really gives you a clear picture of what those men when through. His bias view on the subject gives you fair and equal view of both sides of the war without painting one side good and the other side evil. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone that has a love for history.
Spectacular. This is what podcasting was made for. Detailed, fascinating, deep, authoritative. Much better History in context than I got in my Ivy League College education. 👍🏼
It ruins everything that isn’t hardcore history forever
I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a month now, and can’t get enough! I’ve listened to several episodes 3 or 4 times. Well-delivered, and packed with substance.
Good information but his voice is very hard to listen to because of how he effects. He's one step away from making machine gun noises.
That’s the best way to describe the incredible podcasts of Dan Carlin. I recommend you check out his website and download all of his work. I’m pretty sure he inspires the writers of Game of Thrones. My only wish is that he do more podcasts and become incredibly rich doing so, which he deserves.
I’m sure he’s made an impact on anyone whose listened. Doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum. We gathered here around a man in agreement during a time of great division. If you think about it, he’s impacted so many people that he will have effectively changed the course of history by having his open mindedness imparted on that one person who will actually be in a position to change history..
Once you listen to Dan Carlin his podcast becomes what all others are measured against. He sets the bar extremely high,even audio books fall short of what he brings to the table. I never thought I would pay for a podcast but after I caught up with the recent stuff I went to his website and purchased all the rest of his work. Thank you so much I love what you do
Think about how many people in this generation and the last have no idea what caused the First World War, or who comprises the first Triumvirate. This man is rectifying that issue one person at a time. Thank you Dan.
Well, thank God D Carlin is not as prolific as Joe Rogan or I d only be thinking History all day long. While there are other talented podcasters that put out great work, Dan has the ability to immerse the listener at a level that is simply unattainable by others. For those that like a rigorous and less emotional approach look up the History professionals that podcast.
I can’t find it on here that’s my favorite
Dan’s Hardcore history is, without exaggeration, among the greatest set of stories ever told. Enjoy each episode like expensive wine.
Until I discovered Hardcore History, I thought I enjoyed history. Now my life is divided into BDC (before Dan Carlin) and ADC. From the fact that it is delivered with an assumption that you already know the basics of what happened, the exhaustive detail, the Mind-Bending human questions he poses to the simple fact that his voice is intense and at just the right speed to play at 1.2x speed on spotify without losing words- it is plainly obvious that no other experience comes close to the jacked up juicy adrenaline surge that lasts for hours at a time, that is Hardcore History. It’s hits you like a nuke. Listening to this is my brain having the frenzied fevered conversation with awesomeness that it was never able to have... ...Until now
The best and worst of history podcasting on ITunes. In its finest moments the show will capture your attention with vividly painted scenes of historical conflict and human loss. At its worst the show shares a predilection with other history on ITunes for dressing up primary sources and military history in strong language without actually contributing any analysis, reaching for the shocker not the secondary source. Still, a great presentation style and an admirable enthusiasm go a long way.
His sense of detail. He has opinions which he methodically backs up with facts. Not another talking head.
I can only imagine how much blood, sweat & tears go into your preparation for each “audiobook” you do now. I support you as best I can; thru Amazon purchases, downloads of older episodes on your website & a little something in your stocking at Christmas, because I love you so much, (& want to keep you off the street!) I just love your “inquiring mind”! I’m a faithful listener, and confess that sometimes I have to listen to each episode several times to understand EVERYTHING you are trying to tell us. Great work Dan! Stay well!
This podcast is awesome. I’ve listened to all the shows more than once. Dan is an onion peeler with a ton of background info.
Episodes are long but you won’t hear a more coherent and entertaining retelling of some of the most critical events in history. I hope Dan Carlin’s podcasts create a genre of other similar podcasters. We would be better off for it.
When I first discovered this podcast I was an 17 year old high school senior who like most people thought that history, while important, was a very dry and boring subject to learn about. That all changed when I heard my first episode of Hardcore History. The moment in Blueprint for Armageddon when Dan describes the soldiers drowning in the mud in Flanders, it finally struck me how visceral and emotional learning about our shared human history can be. It’s been 6 years since I listened to that first episode and in that time I have learned more about history and what Dan likes to call “the extremes of human experience” than I could have possibly have done on my own. This truly is not just the best history podcast, it is best podcast out there bar none. Dan Carlin while vehemently denying being a historian manages to breath life into the characters, events, and forces that created the world we live in today better than any historian I have ever read. If you haven’t given this series a shot yet, I implore you to stop what you are doing, get in your car, fill up your tank, go on a long drive to nowhere and prepare to be transported to the fiery hellscape of Verdun, the brewing with religious turmoil city of Munster, the senate floor of the Roman Republic, and the vast and endless steppe of Mongolia.
As a lover of military history, I find Dan’s storytelling excellent and engaging. Want to know more about WW I because of Blueprint for Armageddon.
This has changed my perspective on the world.
Best Podcast Ever
There is no historical or substantive evidences of this man’s opinion on bs.
These podcasts are so long to be honest but Dan Carlin does such a good job of delivering the information. This podcast is an amazing way to get history and I highly recommend them.
One of the most well-researched and thought-provoking podcasts available. Can’t recommend this enough.
Listen to the WW1
Dan Carlin does a fantastic job of explaining and clarifying even the most intricate details of so many events, this podcast is a real insight to many perspectives and time periods of history and is very cool. I recommend you listen to all of it, it’s very worth it.
Dan Carlin’s voice is akin to the main character in my favorite video game series; Metal Gear Solid. Extremely in depth analysis of all his topics, with the gritty feel of Snake’s voice. Can almost hear him say “Colonel, what’s a Russian gunship doing here?” and then have him explain the steps as to why THAT Russian gunship existed due to an unforeseen need that the Russians had in the 14th century. Loved it all.
For such a passive activity as listening , I always feel a great sense of accomplishment after finishing one of these. Keep up the good work Dan
One of the best history podcasts you can listen to. I love Dan Carlin’s style to approaching these topics and even through I love history I still learn so much from him!
It’s my first review ever because it’s the best stuff I’ve ever heard.
Dan Carlin is a true master! I learn a so much from these podcasts. Always amazing research. I think he could read a dictionary to me and it’d be entertaining. Thanks Dan and minions
Every high school student should listen to Dan’s entire series.
Love it, want more.
You will learn, everything you wish you had learned in your formative years with a dash extra. I have been a fan, and student of Mr. Carlin since 2008. I was a Junior in high school and discovered an independent historian that puts in due diligence, and tackles a subject with every attention to detail. One of the best episodes covers the Anabaptists, and the offshoots of the Lutheran faith.
Thorough research with engaging delivery. I want Carlin to do a show on every history subject that exists.
Still has the Celtic Holocaust artwork so I sometimes skip over it, but this podcast is top notch in content!
I listen to lots of podcast and this is the second one I found but still my favorite after years. I had no idea history could be anything but dull, I feel like I was ripped off all those boring years in history class. Hope this never ends.
Dan Carlin makes you see just how and why our history is essential to the future, Stellar performances by Dan and a wonderful Podcast.
With so much to unpack in World history it help that Dan Carlin does it with such thoughtfulness and critical thinking. There are all the pods today because Dan made this new medium valid!
Absolute best History podcast and one of the best all around podcasts. Dan is phenomenal at telling a story, especially one from more than one shoe. (Walk a mile in someone else’s shoe)
I love listening I just wish my ADHD, or my wife, would allow me to listen to an entire episode at once. So in depth and the ads, I’m not even sure they are in there are unnoticeable. Thank you so many things no one has explained about the impact and buildup of the First World War I had no idea how different war and the world was prior.
Awesome podcast that used to be my all time favorite. Fall of the Roman Empire was the last of his best(unavailable now), unless you purchase it. It's still educational but not as good as when he started.
I could listen to this podcast Again and Again.
DC is the man. He nails it every time.
Because of Dan I am now a huge fan of history. I felt like I didn’t know anything before and now I know one or two things that give me perspective and understanding to some parts of how we got here now. After listening to everything Dan has ever put out I moved on to Mike Duncan and Danielle Bolelli and several other history podcasts. Dan has a great perspective and the most entertaining way of telling the story of our shared history. And I love it when he growls out the quotes. The pace, voice inflection, and subject matter is sure to grip your attention. Love it. Just wish he put out more content.
Dan Carlin is a national treasure. This is as good as podcasts get, folks.
This is the best history podcast I’ve ever heard. Thanks Dan you will be getting my dollars. PLEASE DO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR!
Dan Carlin is the freaking man!
From production value to level of content this is hands down the podcast in the game.
If you love history, SERIOUSLY LOOK NO FURTHER. He is truly a person that is doing EXACTLY what he is supposed to on this earth. Keep it goin bro!
I had a great history teacher in high school. So great that I majored in it in college, never again to find such a compelling lecturer until Carlin. He really just breathes life into it, and his lack of academic credentials is actually a plus, as he’s not caught up in the—for lack of a better term—politics of academia. My only big complaint is the lack of modulation and change in tone and tempo when he reads quotations from primary and secondary sources. Especially when he reads long passages, which is often, he just has one or two voices that he reads them in, and it can really drag down the narrative. It’s like the dial is always turned up to 10 on the readings, which is not the case at all for his other parts. Overall, though—highly recommend. Best history podcast since 12 Byzantine Rulers.
Im not that smart but I am interested in wars and I like learning the real reasons for them. This podcast teaches me a lot and Im glad he helps me learn Really fun to listen to
. Just what the title says .
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I love these episodes. They are full of first hand historical insights and perspectives seldom seen. I thoroughly enjoyed the Blueprint for Armageddon series. The one flaw of these podcasts isn't the content, it's the volume that is unequalized, unnormalized. Dan gets very quiet then talks at a normal or excitable volume and it gets almost deafening. I hate having to constantly fiddle with the volume. Needs normalization badly.
I wish a little bit of this show would rub off on every history teacher in the world. He makes me question, reflect and see history in powerful ways that have application for today.
Couldn’t give this incredible look at history less than 5 stars. But there need to be pauses and/or chapters. The way that this is edited, there is literally no stopping for hours. Not ideal!
I started listening to the episode about WWI and ended up marathoning it straight. If you don’t like this podcast there’s something wrong with with you or you don’t speak English.
As a BA in Military History, I just love these deep dives. Dan places historic events in a personal and digestible format anyone can experience. A testimony to the gravity and extent the human race has paid for in our pursuit for evolution. By reaching people around the globe, from every walk of life, history remains a valid topic. As every generation comes into it’s own, interest in history has been in decline. The research I do always leaves me enlightened and also puzzled as to why people don't care to know our story. Thank you Dan for your talent and time.
I love the research and how informative it is!
This is my absolute favorite piece of media production across any platform or genre. I anticipate the release of these episodes more than any new exciting movie or the release of a new episode of my favorite tv show. When a new episode is released I am like a kid on Christmas morning and simply cannot wait to dive in. 5 stars just doesn’t do it justice. Dan, please keep up the good work and don’t ever stop!
The podcast by which all other podcasts are measured.
If you have any interest in the history of war, then this is a must.
I really like this history podcasts. History seems to be a tough format for podcasts because I’ve listened to a bunch. A lot them ramble without adding nuance or depth to the topic. I can read Wikipedia to get superficial history lessons on any topic. But this history podcast is like reading 15 different articles related to the same topic but from slightly different angle all pointing to the same theme. I just wish I could find his old episodes. Also, I’d like to request some ancient pre classical topics. Like Scythians, Sumerian, Porto-Iranian tribes of Northern Asia. The migration of Steppe Empires and tribes to Europe and the Americas. I can’t find anything on the history of the Sami people and how they relate to the city Ur via the Ural Mountains. Or the effects the Huns and eastern migration of the Steppe had on Vikings and Normands. Or the effects of Anatolia on the earliest civilizations like the Semitic tribes. Etc...
Dan Carlin is one of the best story tellers I ever heard. I’m gripped, sucked in, infatuated with each topic.
Dan Carlin is a master storyteller. If you have any interest in learning about history from a human experience standpoint, this is your podcast.
Can’t really add much on what has already been said, other than Dan is my favorite podcast author, and Hardcore History is so far the highlight of his catalogue. I enjoy and appreciate his references to sources and accounts. I often delve into those for further research, and verification of said sources. Take the Blueprint For Armageddon as an example. As insightful as a 22 hour or so audio lecture may be on the Great War, it might take as many lifetimes to understand this conflict and its ramifications (even today) as the conflict itself cut short. It is a great foundation to gain perspective that you might not have yet considered.
Dan’s meticulous research paired with his engaging narration makes this THE best historical podcast anywhere. It’s understandable how long it takes between episodes as these are more audiobook in length and detail than a typical podcast. Fantastic!
If you are self professed History Channel nerd like I am (I mean real documentaries, not the dog and pony reality show fluff) you will absolutely dig this podcast. I remember the best history teachers and professors I had were masterful story tellers. They made you care to learn it because of the manner they present the material. This is exactly what Dan Carlin brings to the table here, and he does so in spades.
this got me into podcasts years ago. and still to this day Dan has the same contagious energy, diving you deep into a chapter of history, coming out joyful to be along for the ride. thank you Dan and staff for making this wonderful podcast. the Roman series of course are my all time favorite. and mongols. and...
Dan’s podcasts are the most compelling narratives on history I have ever heard. His ability to bring you into the mind set of characters and the times is unsurpassed. Even if you not a history buff you will enjoy his compelling story telling abilities.
Dan Carlin pulls you into the story like no one else. Masterful story teller.
He is a gift. Dont hesitate, just listen. Thank you dan and ben!
Dan Carlin sees history the way I see it. I can’t wait to hear you talk about the Mongol empire.
Amazing like always, I want to thank you for your fantastic work, I just finished super nova II and I’ll be waiting for the next chapter :) thanks again
The only negative aspect to this podcast is that I have to wait so long for the next episode! I have listened to each episode more than once. The WWI & WWII episodes (blueprint for Armageddon, Ghosts of the Ostfront and now Supernova in the East) are nothing short of epic. Dan always claims that he is not a historian, but I disagree... his research is clearly so in depth and presented in such a well thought out manner. I wish my history lessons in college were taught with an once of his passion. “Hitler’s fate was sealed, Mousollini’s fate was sealed, as for the Japanese... they would be ground to powder”
This is an amazing podcast, Dan brings history to life.
I never had a big interest in history until this guy came along. Very quality stuff.
I'd rather listen to Dan In the gym than Music on Spotify. Entertaining and, amazingly enough, I learned something!
I love the content of this podcast and proselytize the series on WWI to every history lover I know. Your research is impeccable and your insights are thought-provoking. But please, PLEASE stop yelling in the same harsh tone every time you quote a book or historical figure. Oftentimes that tone is completely inappropriate to the content of the quote, and also it hurts my ears when I’m listening on headphones.
Dan Carlin brings life and context to the events that have made the world what it is today. His ability to put things into a perspective that is both meaningful and enlightening is uncanny and a joy to listen to. Can’t get enough.
I keep wondering why I went to college when I listen to a podcast like this. Carlin illuminates history like 10 years of history teachers couldn’t do. Perfectly sourced, well rounded, a recounting of events like you haven’t heard before. I’ve listened to every free episode at least twice.
Thanks for this incredible podcast I often tell stories I’ve learned from listening . My favorite is of a strapping German who breaks his rifle during an impromptu armistice on the lines of WWI Thank you these amazing experiences
If you haven’t, you should listen to Dan’s podcast.
Speculation about numbers of warriors on each side of a battle and how many women & children they killed by a guy who has a rough voice that implies he is probably an ex-Navy Seal. He's no Christopher Hitchens.
Just informative, detailed, and entertaining. Great for long car rides. Dan Carlin needs to do an episode on the mongols!
This is a must-listen podcast. Carlin essentially provides audiobook content via podcasting. Though very spaced-out, HCH is the best podcast available for history and story lovers!
Seriously, historically accurate and dynamic storytelling very rewarding to listen to! Thanks Dan for all your hard work and passion.
The most engaging, enthralling, fascinating history lessons you will ever have the good fortune to receive! Just incredible! Dan’s conversational speaking style, coupled with illuminating quotes recited with wonderful power, and deference to their sources, is just fantastic!
Dan gives a most contextually rich outlay of historical forks-in-the road of humanity. I cannot recommend this cast enough to understand the historical origins of global society.
I’ve always had somewhat of an affinity for history, but I must say that Dan Carlin has a way of discussing history that takes it from facts and names and colorizing it in such a way that it makes it come to life before your eyes. I’ve never encountered an episode of this show I didn’t like. Dan I don’t know if you read these at all but thank you so much for putting so much time and effort into these episodes. Your love of the material really shines through and I couldn’t appreciate this contribution anymore than I do. Thank you so much!!
A Sunday morning, you look at your phone, BAM!, there is a new Hardcore History!!! An amazing moment... that lasts 5 hours :) Hardcore History is simply the most engaging podcast on the planet. Common Sense is fun as well, but Hardcore History is special. To those starting out, I highly recommend the Death Throes of the Republic series.
Love this pod!
Love Dan’s take on history. Thorough without being too academic. A great listen for those of us who want insight without all the footnotes!
A great podcast for people who are looking for true history without all the propaganda filters! Great for roadtrips
Dan Carlin manages to take history and present it in an entertaining and extremely informative way. I’ve learned more about history from him and I ever did through traditional education. Highly recommend this podcast to anyone who is even slightly interested in history.
Dan missed his calling. He should be teaching History at a notable college. I find his podcasts thoroughly researched and presented in an interesting way that maintains one's attention. Even if History wasn't one of your favorite subjects in school you should give this podcast a try.
Though I enjoyed History in high school and college,but Dan’s enthusiasm will sweep you up and keep you riveted! If you thought history was boring, you’re in for a treat!
This podcast is simply magnificent.
After reading reviews, I am so glad to see that many feel as I feel: if they taught history this way in high school and college it would have stuck so much better. Dan does a great job of putting you in the minds of the people making decisions. This is the true lessons of history. Not dates and facts, but what people are thinking and why they react the way they do. It’s fascinating to listen to and encourage everyone at a minimum to listen to the Blueprint for Armageddon series.
The Blueprint for Armageddon was one of the single best pieces of media I’ve ever consumed. Thank you Dan.
This is a great podcast. That’s all I’m going to say. Well... Hope y’all have nice lives. Happy New year. 2019! Wow. Amen. -a person
Dan Carlin has put together the best podcast that I’ve had the pleasure to be able to listen to. Go to Dancarlin.com and buy the set. There’s little to no advertising. This isn’t just facts. This is people, events, passions and motivation. This podcast is excellent at settling up context, and the epic breadth is refreshing to my consumptive habits. I have lived with many questions about why things are the way they are, and I have little time to read (for Shame!!). I’ve listened to other history podcasts, as well as current events, and nothing comes close to the insight and enthusiasm that Dan Carlin has and gives to the subjects. Please let’s get this man working overtime!!
Dan takes a long time to finish the episodes but it is well worth the wait. Has given me insight into subjects I was previously unfamiliar with
Dan Carlin’s king of kings episode had me enthralled for its entire considerable length. He creates a breathless type of narrative, often incorporating modern analogies that invite the listener to feel like they are witnessing events from thousands of years ago. In addition to referencing other scholars, Dan injects his own lively narrative style into his description of dramatic past events. He also makes clear what is conjecture and what is known fact. Is narrative style also allows you to take away a couple of large generalize concepts that are often lost by other authors in there minutia.
Imagine every engaging and enlightening history class or lecture you have ever experienced and that is what it’s like to listen to one of Dan’s Hardcore History podcast.
This podcast is great. I’ve learned a lot of background information that I can hold onto well. Sometimes I get lost when I pause the podcast or just become too absent minded. Periodic breaks then tie backs would be nice.
Purchase his old podcasts! Wrath of the khans, death throws of the republic, ghost of the ostfront, after you’ve listened to the free ones. I have listed to each of his episodes numerous times. This is by far the best podcast I’ve listened to and I’m obsessed with podcasts. This isn’t just for history lovers, though listening to it might well turn one into a history lover. Such is the case with everyone I’ve shown this podcast to.
But the old ones to support the show.
You are one of the finest podcasters I have ever listened to. Please keep those historical events coming: for a record, as a voice that stopped long ago, and most important, as a warning to open our eyes to what is going on in our current events You Dan have my admiration, Barb
Almost done with the Blueprint for Armageddon series and ho-lee-chit it’s good. Dan Carlin presents the facts, the myths and legends, and his own musings in a both truly entertaining and educational way. I get lost listening to him. His passion and expression and energy is all captivating and extraordinary. I wish my dad, a military history buff himself, wasn’t partially deaf because he would nut for this podcast. It’s a must listen for history or military nerds and I will be sure to listen ageean and ageean.XD
Always the best. Hands down best historical podcast out. Wish older episodes weren’t behind a pay wall but I get it. Still great!
Please produce more episodes !
im going on a history tour in april of civil war battle fields. would love a carlin primer before going thanks loyal wayne dan carlin, best history podcast ever!!!!
What can you say about hardcore history and Dan Carlin ? Simply put he is the Michael Jordan of his industry !!! I am comparing Dan to the greatest ever !!! And for all you LeBron fans who don’t agree with that statement should count championship rings !!!!
Only criticism is I wish they came out faster.
This podcast summed up in a word would be...thorough. Dan does an outstanding job in his research and organization of each episode.
What a wonderful storyteller! For anyone who enjoys history, this is a phenomenal podcast and I am addicted. I have gorged myself on the the tone and intensity of the the historic accounts of everything from the Persian empire to the Gaul tribes to the WWII ‘Samurai’. I can’t get enough of the in-depth research and colorful commentary of how cultures have evolved, reigned and fallen. No documentary, article or book has captured my interest so completely. My only criticism is that I wish more content was available.
The best podcast out there. It took me an hour or so before I bought in. I started with the Celtic episode for a little and then switched to WWI. Then I became hooked. I love listening to them. I’ve repeated a few of them. I can’t shut up about them and am always telling people to give them a try. I’ve always considered myself a history fan but this podcast brought it to the next level. I blitzed through the free ones. I found myself sitting in my car after driving home from work cause I didn’t want to stop listening. I bought all of the episodes on the website, most are great but a few of the beginning episodes just aren’t as in depth as the later ones, but definitely worth the money. To the commenter who said he couldn’t figure out how to download to iTunes. I agree it took me awhile but I believe it’s the top link on the list of episodes on the website. I agree the website could be more smooth though. Overall, the content is amazing. I love hardcore history and am giddy with excitement when a new one comes out. Keep up the good work guys!
Dan does a great job relaying the feeling of these histories. Quotes from people who experienced these events are masterfully delivered. For example, at some point of the first six episodes of this podcast you start to feel how long and devastating WWI was. At the point you feel the devastation over time you realize the war isn’t close to over. America isn’t even in the war yet. Dan seems to be the perfect person to retell these story with passion. You’re not just listening to this information but experiencing the history that is being retold through an unbelievable passionate person.
Better than canned bread for sure
Q-What, are you gonna kill me? J-no....I’m just gonna hurt ya, really, really baaad.
Best podcast out. Keep it up man
You can't beat The Carlin
Simply fascinating...Dan has taken a massive topic and masterfully condensed it so that the history “die-hards” or simply the generally inquisitive can gain an incredible understanding WWI. He shares the large macros( big picture) and delves into the micros ( daily issues of the boots on the ground ) effortlessly so that you really feel the pressures and rigors these countries and their fighting units faced. Brilliant stuff!
Finally! History lessons that are both contextual AND enthralling. As they should be.
As a fan of history and historical podcasts I’ve listened to a few of the different podcasts out there and this is simply the best one. The episodes are long but they exude with pretense and context. Dan Carlin is just fantastic at pouting out the intrigue and intricacies of these historical stories. Great.
The epitome of "TMI", its superb!
Dan Carlin does a good job explaining history, but I find it hard to set myself in the scene the way he wants me to. The episodes are much too long and are lacking an upbeat vibe that keeps me engaged. I wish the episodes were shorter and had the content dispensed a little bit faster. Not the absolute best podcast out there.
I starting listening to this podcast when I was 8 years old! Now I’m in college and because of Dan’s magical way of bribing history to life I’m a history major. This is my favorite content on the internet! You won’t regret listening to every minute of each episode!
The website has been basically useless. Purchased episodes 1-49 will not download to my iPhone. I’m done pressing download buttons and ask for a refund.
One of my favorite podcast - but you missed this one.
I have listened to several historical podcasts but these are by far the best. No monotone. No liberal bias. Very descriptive and well researched.
History has historically been my least favorite subject. That changed drastically once I started listening to this podcast. Dan is so engaging you can’t help but not missed a word.
Admittedly significantly better than most history podcasts, but ultimately relays on a conventionally liberal sensibility for is central vantage point — not always, but frequently enough to erode the real potential the podcast has to be truly and actually brilliant. The depth is excellent, the passion is engaging, but authentic insight is lacking. As a guide, Dan does not in the end take “history literates” to new or different places. With so much going for it, it is a shame.
Carlin takes you to the location and time period, puts you in the minds, and takes you for a accelerating ride through the stories of man kind.
Dan Carlin is a brilliant storyteller who is able to take on epic topics. I’ve listened to every episode of this podcast, many of them more than once. Each story is entertaining and enlightening. History buffs will love it.
I was never big on podcasts until a friend told me that I should check out Dan Carlin’s hardcore history. I am extremely glad I did!! I have listened to every single one of his podcasts on here and continue to crave more. I was never big on history prior to this because the way it was presented was always so boring and dull and it really seemed like memorizing the date was more important then what you can actually learn. I’ve literally learned so much I had no idea about and would have never thought I would be interested in learning through Dan! He is so enthusiastic on every single podcast and explains things in very relatable ways and to the point. He also has an amazing way of describing emotions for the different time periods I mean personally their were times I was mad, laughing, or on the verge of tears from some of the ways he’s described some of these events. It has humbled me personally so much by hearing some of these tragic things in history that have happened and it’s made me forget about my problems because they are nothing compared to some of these things that have happened or what people have been through. If you work mind numbing work and are able to listen to headphones or a speaker you should defiantly do yourself a favor and check these out. I normally listen to these at work and have found myself listening to them long after I get off of work at home! Thank you Dan for all the time you have put into these and please don’t stop putting out new content anytime soon! By the 1 percent chance you read these comments if you could cover world war 2 in the same depth you did with 1. I would be personally interested to listen. I couldn’t get enough of blueprints for Armageddon. I was sad when I actually finished it all and wanted more of course as humans we always want more, new and better!
I love history yet I’m horrible at reading. When I listen to something I’m able to imagine it and retain it almost verbatim. You have helped me connect the dots of history and given me a whole new perspective on what really happened in the past. You have a great gift, thanks for sharing it.
Unless you’re a masochist, don’t ever start a series until they’re all complete. Everyday I “run” back and forth to the Apple podcast app praying the next episode will be there. Slow as molasses, but worth every moment.
I love your show. I’m deep into your WWI episodes and would love it if you had a Russian Revolution series. Keep it coming!
A true masterpiece of history in audio form.
This show subject matter research is immersive and vividly explained. He makes it easy to follow a multi episode series (about 4 hours each) Giving depictions through a myriad of statistics, actual first hand accounts, historical documents and modern day discoveries, the WW1 series is narrated as if you were watching it on TV. As a listener, I have always appreciated the effort put forth in these works to try and put what may have been bland subject matter in to mentally tangible examples. A good example is the villagers first hand accounts of the German military marching through cities and villages as one mass of machine and man. I also appreciate the candidness with which subjective material is presented with. While listening more and more, you can tell he has done the research and has put much thought in to these episodes, yet he still (to the best of my knowledge) points out his personal opinions and related side-bar. The sharing of ones’ personal thoughts and opinions often provokes angles and perspectives you may not think to consider otherwise. In the beginning of a couple it may seem as if he is avoiding getting to the subject matter in the particular episode’s description. Don’t be swayed, ‘tis but another artfully crafted dialogue presented to the audience so that they won’t be in their cars on the highway or at work lifelessly plugging numbers in to spreadsheets at your desk; rather, they will be, in no more appropriate besieged by a barrage by the cliche, “in the trenches” of the Great War.
what more can be said about how brilliant hardcore history is, it's already been covered in a million comments, in depth and entertaining but never dumbed down for the mainstream, you really can't get much better in terms of pop history, which comes across better here than in most books.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from Dan. Thank you for all the amazing stuff you cover.
Dan and Staff, Outstanding history! I thoroughly enjoyed your WWI history series! I would like to simply make a one time $10 donation and it has proven to be a real challenge due to the website driving me down the road of a monthly donation. As wonderful as this podcast is, it is not the only pod cast I listen to and therefore I’m not wanting to make monthly donations to every podcast I listen to.
When Dan finishes a series, everyone is so excited, sadly I become addicted to your storytelling.
Super interesting podcast. Love the presentation. Only wish there was a series on WW2.
There is a reason this show has glowing reviews. Nothing like lectures you’d hear in high school , dan focuses on the most violent and dramatic events in history.
There is not enough. Totally understandable given how in depth each episode is, let alone a multi-episode arc. Otherwise, I love this show. As a history nerd and details geek, I recommend this podcast above all others. Gone so far as to buy some of the old episodes, all of them are great but Dan’s newest ones are just epic. Again, the only draw back is there isn’t more to listen to and have my imagination hijacked by Carlin’s historical storytelling and questions. 6 outta 5 stars.
Dan Carlin says, “I’m not a historian, but I read the best”. Boy howdy, does he ever ! And then he tells the tale. Mr. Carlin’s passion, talent, and humanity shine through his stories of times that shook the world- a world noticeably still shaking. I know I have found a GREAT podcast when I am unable to refrain from telling my spouse all about what I am experiencing . Yup. That happened. Passion is contagious when communicated effectively, and Dan is a pro. Thanks, Dan You are making the world a better place.
Dan Carlin’s podcast is the best. I’m always excited when hints are dropped that a new episode is on the way. The best history podcast out there and there are plenty of other excellent history pods, but HH is in a class of its own.
I love your shoes and listen to them often, the only thing I don’t like is the slow pace but you can just speed it up.😁 love it
Dan and team do the best history lectures within this realm. You will be on the edge of your seat for hours at a time. I have listened to some of these podcasts several times and will continue to do so, the effort with details provided are unmatched. You will be happy to give any of these a listen but be prepared to never leave Dan’s side.
I thought this was an incredible podcast. Danh is incredibly passionate and informative when delivering the content. I recommend this to anyone who likes history or just wants to learn more about certain events.
This got me into podcasting. Dans insights and narrative bring history to a new perspective.
Dan Carlin was born to Podcast. I listen to about 4-5hrs of podcasts 7 days a week. I have about 6 favorite categories of podcasts I enjoy, say 2 dozen podcasts I listen to regular, 50 different ones in total. Dan commitments more heart, soul and time to researching than any other podcaster, then he presents the material with more excitement and passion than anyone else. I can, and do, listen to him for hours on end and always come away marveling at his greatness. He’s the MJ (Jordan) of his genera.
This is hands down the best podcast I am subscribed to. I have listened to every single episode available and they are all great. I highly recommend this podcast!
A good friend kept recommending this to me. I finally listened to the first two episodes about WWI on a road trip. Fantastic! I'm hooked; I'll reach behind the pay wall. Not sure what poor reviewers are expecting. Podcasting is storytelling, making it entertaining enough to keep you there for hours at a stretch. This Dan does well. I'm glad he doesn't overburden with dates and numbers. You can find that stuff in history books. Instead, he places events in the context of other trends in history, making it more meaningful.
I am not typically an avid listener of podcasts. I tend to favor terrestrial radio and listen to local stations and programs as they are relevant to me. Hardcore History is FAR and away one one my favorite programs (and is no doubt my favorite podcast) I have ever had the pleasure to listen to on any medium of media I have experienced in my life. Please continue to make this podcast until the literal end of time.
The vivid descriptions that Dan gives in these shows recounting historical events is hypnotizing. He puts much research and effort into each episode that if calling him passionate would be the understatement of a lifetime. At this point I’m certain that if he decided to upload a 5 hour episode on the history of the formula for Pantene shampoo, I’d be hooked on the edge of my seat well past sundown.
Such a great podcast, and they way he goes into detail and tells the story is so enjoyable and thought provoking. Ive learned so much and look forward to every one i get to here. Thank you so much.
This is one of the best podcasts I listen to. I live in anxiety waiting for the next one to come out. I recommend to everyone!
Why isn’t this up on the podcast. It’s the most talked about series from Carlin!!! If this series was available then more traffic would run though the other stories. Just stupid organization really. And no, I don’t want to buy it off of his website.
Seems like there where 62 episodes but only 12 are available. WTH?
Hands down my favorite podcast. Dan C.’s addiction to context make his narratives very thought-provoking and impossible to turn off once you’ve started.
This has to be the best way to learn history!
This is without a doubt one of the best podcasts out there. Every episode is so full of life and color, and Dan does such a good job being thorough and engaging. I find myself checking daily for a new episode and, while they’re sparse at times, each one is worth it. The Blueprint for Armageddon is absolutely my favorite, but it’s a daunting series to start on. I recommend some Blitz episodes to start. None will disappoint.
I don’t know if podcast-binging is a thing, but I just did it. Blueprint for Armageddon was absolutely brilliant. More please.
When a podcast is darn near 4 hours long and you wish it would never end, this guy is doing something right. I hate using the cliche but Dan truly makes history come alive.
Great story teller who deftly relates the ancient and modern world and brings them together in a way that makes you feel as if you were there. Carlin can show how far we have come and how close we are to our forebears. Always look forward to his next show.
Great idea.... but get to the point! No need for a 30 minute intro.
I love this podcast, Dan can read the phone book and make it interesting! Do they have phone books anymore?
First I thought Dan Carlin was brilliant. Really well done, thought provoking stuff. until I started to find out his agenda was to ban other people’s content on other social media platforms. Like Sargon of Akkad of YouTube. Now I’m not left or right but I love to hear other opinions, so I’m a hardcore freedom of speech advocate. I don’t want anyone banned. I’ll make my own mind up as to what is or isn’t hate speech. I’ll draw my own conclusions, Thanks. I don’t need the Left or Right telling me what to believe or do. I don’t care if you’re Moses coming down from Mt Sinai with the holy commandments. Because of your agenda to restrict others I have decided to unsubscribe regardless of your content. If you can’t trust people to make up their own mind, then I can’t trust you to give me your honest opinion on anything you say. I believe in allowing the left and right to speak, anything less than unfettered speech is indeed an agenda that’s more harmful than bad speech itself and is nothing more than a police state- so who gets to be the police, you?
Haven't been this entertained or engaged in any sort of media in a long time. Absolutely brilliant story telling, appreciate how thoroughly and unbiased Carlin approaches these subjects. Thanks for the education Dan
This is such a thoughtful and thoroughly researched podcast. I saved the 3 episodes about the King of Kings and have listened to them in their entirety twice. I am so impressed with the all I learn on this amazing podcast.
I look forward to this show. Dab Carlin's views are always welcome. You can hear the passion in his voice in every episode. CWDaly Podcaster at Cybrcast, Bubblesort Show, Bubblesort TV, and Through My Lens with Clay Daly
Great podcast. Very entertaining and well-researched. It’s famous for a reason.
If you’ve ever known a man that can really tell a story and can wistfully think back to some of those times, you will understand how I feel about Dan Carlin. Every episode is told with such force, such conviction about the importance of these historical events, one can not help but be intrigued and taken back to these times through his perspective built around stone cold fact. You smell the smoke of the siege, feel the blood on your face, and the tightening in your chest from the fear that those before us have felt. TL;DR- This PodCast is amazing.
Always entertaining and thought provoking. This is the podcast I get the most excited about when they finally come out.
Love the entirety of the show. Been bouncing around from episode to episode and you can tell the amount of work put into each episode is extensive. Can’t wait for part 2 of Supernova in the East!
This guy is brilliant, a great presenter & a totes compelling listen! Because of his intelligence, knowledge on multiple levels & his scintillating perspective I’m turning to his casts addictively! I’m a writer (fiction) a total amateur in history, but I love it and this podcast has helped to cement that!
This is simply the most wonderful history podcast I have ever had the pleasure to listen too. Informative, entertaining and factually correct! Riveting!
We have been listening to Carlin for years. His gripping podcasts influenced our daughter to major in history. In the line of Tuchman, he brings history alive only criticism is that some of the digressions get a little lost or distant from the history. We recommend these to our friends, along with other examples of living history. Recommend the Patrick O’Brian series for some valuable accounts of late 18th and early 19th century naval action.
Dan is great at telling a story. Awesome topic selection. Thanks so much for the show.
Intriquing topics, thought provoking dialog, humerous, intelligent & unapologetic. In today's overly sensitive PC world, it's refreshing to listen to a podcast where the host feels perfectly comfortable to share his views & thoughts with us without worrying about the toes he's stepping (or stomping) on with his commentary. Presenting the information & asking us to take a step back to look at a broader view of the situation, to try to consider the situations not with our modern minds but to consider our own choices & actions if we were there. I'm very happy to have found Dan's podcasts & have began listening to similiar podcasts as well!
Incredibly insightful commentary on world history. Love what I am learning. Thank you!
I love this podcast. After listening to all of the currently free ones I went to Dan Carlin’s website and purchased the bundled set of all the older episodes. Dan is a great story teller and I really like it when he challenges me to think about some things from a different perspective. Great stuff, keep it coming!
Harrowing. Thought provoking. This sober, chiding retelling of history is bleak, and portentous as all history inevitable is. I will be eagerly listening to anything coming out of this podcast from here-on-out
Literally this is one of the best history shows ever. Listen and eat it up! Thank you Dan for doing such a great show!
Can I add a 6th star?
I’ve listened to the whole series of king of kings and blueprints for Armageddon... at least 6 times each. And all the others available on the podcast app... I can’t get enough. So I went and bought the massive compilation from dan Carlin’s website. Thank you Dan, Ben and team.
I can’t imagine all the hard work and research that is done to bring this history for our enjoyment. Thank you
Seriously. That’s a bloody good book, and long. This is too.
These podcasts have fueled my already intense fire for history and been the source for continued valuable conversation with the friends of mine that are in a close albeit small circle. Thank you Mr. Carlin
Listen to 1 episode and you will understand the greatness that is Dan Carlin. Unbiased, great story teller. Gets you into the minds of the people of the times. I was listening at work to the WW1 series and got so lost in the episode I was throwing fertilizer halfway in the wrong persons lawn 😅
This is my favorite podcaster, and I listen to a lot of them.
The only catch to this show is it's length, but it's very much worth it. I found it intimidating when I first checked it out, these episodes have kept me entertained by fascinating history for hours on end. I love his presentation and story-telling ability. Phenomenal, really highly recommend it for any fans of history
I have listened to many of Dan’s episodes (several times over and over again). Not your normal monotone history podcast, Dan will have you transported into the story’s he narrates. Also extremely thought provoking that will have you questioning everything you thought about history and humanity. (I would highly consider purchasing some or all of his episodes on his website, worth every penny)
The creators succeed in creating some truly excellent content with this podcast. It’s one of the first I’ve listened to and I’m hooked. I’ve always loved history and Dan brings a balanced and inquisitive approach to events that I find resonates with the curious and intrinsically rewarding nature of studying the history of us all.
Love this podcast! The episodes are a commitment, but thoroughly worth it. My jaw drops over and over at the human element that Dan Carlin seeds through each story, which makes each episode engaging, horrifying, and incredible to hear. Well done!
I love it! I listened to all the episodes available for free on Apple Podcasts, then went to Dan’s website and paid to download the first 49 episodes! I listen to this podcast while commuting, on road trips, when doing household chores, just for fun, etc. Dan does a fantastic job of not only telling the history and giving you tons of context and describing how events relate to other events, he also does it in a way that is fascinating! Once I start an episode I hate to stop and always look forward to when I can pick it back up again and keep listening. So worth the time investment, and even dollar investment if you purchase the old episodes from his website! Give it a listen - you’ll be glad you did!
I studied history at Indiana University. Dan is as good as any professor I encountered. And he doesn’t force me to do homework!
If you study history, this is mandatory for you. I have listened to all of Dan's Hardcore History podcasts - Fascinating. It is great for the commute or for the treadmill. The narrative of WW I including the assassination of Prince Ferdinand was all history that was new to me. The impact of the informaiton in that series is exceeded by the Ost Front series which gives a full understanding of the German war on Russia. Now with the Supernova in the East, Dan brings the background on when the war in the Pacific really started. This includes a narrative on why Japanese society differed from all the other participants in WWII thus explaining the fanaticism that characterized the Japanese soldiers, sailors and airmen. Dan Carlin = Insight.
Dan’s best ever IMO is the Genghis Khan series he does!! It is absolutely AMAZING!!
This is the most engaging podcast ever. I find myself at the end of a three hour+ podcast just as engaged as I was at the start. Not only is the content great but Dan’s delivery is simply captivating. Hands down my favorite podcast!
If you love history, this podcast is definitely for you. I really like the way the world wars are analyzed in the first episode. I especially liked how the idea of one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is explored. I need to stop writing this review because I’m too busy listening right now. :) Just subscribe and listen.
I especally like the way Dan tries to make the listener realate the people and times he's talking about
Thanks to Dan Carlin, I’m one of many who realized that they had always loved history, just never met the right teacher.
Perfect mix of story telling and historical events/eras. I've learned more from this podcast than any other one out there. My only complaint is that it is so good that other podcasts don't seem as interesting anymore. I've never paid for a podcast before this one. In this case I went and spent $60 on the entire collection at the website.
Mind boggling good - listen and enjoy
I have never been so intrigued and into a podcast. There is some serious knowledge to be gained and so informative as to why things have happened, very thought provoking
Dan and his Hardcore History accompany me on my long flights...and I love it!! I am always anxious to hear the next episode! I want more! Thanks to Dan for his interesting commentary on things long ago.
This podcast is so interesting. History brought to life. Very military focused. The stories are compelling and the scholarship rigorous. Have a listen.
I listened to your Byzantine series many years ago and it was awesome. I want my kids to listen to it. How can I get ahold of those?
Great podcast - thanks!
Timeless, well-delivered information. Each one is amazingly detailed.
“Bonus material” episode 3 According to this guy, poison gas wasn’t used during World War II? Hey buddy, maybe not on soldiers, but I can think of about six million plus people who would love to tell you you’re wrong, but they’re DEAD! I listened to you ramble on insensitively for six hours and I gotta tell ya man, you’re boring! Bye!
About 30% of the Japan episode was tedious, apologetic, and painful to listen to, like everything corrupted by PC snowflake sensitivities. Too bad because 70% was super interesting.
I love history and Dan does a great job createing a pleasant listening and entertaining podcast. At first I was not excited about the 3-4 hours podcast, but Dan keeps you hooked so time goes by fast.
Im addicted to Dan’s podcasts. As an amature historian, I find Dan’s podcast a very accurate and comprensive historic accounts of what happened in history. Well done Dan, you are by far the best historic podcaster out there. The depth and logic in your presentation is superb. Thank you for making the podcasts.
Dan does a superb job of researching and using multiple accounts and sources to allow a deeper understanding. The fact that he can keep the layers from blurring together and help you understand how one event influences later events is amazing. He is an epic storyteller and causes your mind to want to study further. Thank you, Dan!!
Dan Carlin knows how to chew on a subject. The attention to detail and his insights make, a what almost 20 hour podcast series about the Khans or World War I, fly by and leave you wanting more when its over. Great job Dan. Keep it up.
Excited for more!
I recommend them all the time and I know people will pay. But I can’t explain how to buy them. Make it easier, my dad is old.
One of my favorite podcasts. Humble, bold, thought provoking, sincere; leaving me often checking back in to see what’s new. The WWI episodes are epic. Clearly history, story telling, and striving for an understanding of who we are, and how we got to where we are today, is part of Dan Carlin’s passion to the subject matter.
I feel like dan Carlin doesn’t just say what the episode is about, but he thoroughly compares it with another instance. He also picks interesting topics. I hope he continues his podcasts and the topics he makes them about.
This is really interesting🤓
The depth and detail is unmatched. The analogies are inventive and picture inspiring. Usually a four hour time machine described with wit and a description that tells a clear anecdote to even the most novice of historians.
In modern history, the best history podcast came out. It is called Hardcore History. By 2019, everyone loves it. :)
It’s just downright interesting. I’ve discovered a fascination with world history I never thought I had before.
The amount of work and passion Dan puts into these podcasts is incredible. They are works of arts, not off the cuff ripping on a mic.
Dan Carlin has been digging deep into first and secondary source history texts since the early days of podcasting. He will take you deep into an important period in history, and be sure to quote any highlights from those primary or secondary sources along the way. Very educational and a useful way to educate people on history through the podcast format.
Dan's approach to this show is very pragmatic and contextual. He asks questions, seemingly thinking aloud, as he goes through events that help guide the listener's thoughts towards understanding and empathizing why certain peoples acted the way they did or why events played out the way they did. Its an excellent show for anyone trying to learn a little bit more about history and why our society is possibly structured the way it is today.
This is the only podcast that I download for free and then pay for afterwards via his website because it's that worthwhile. Every show is a complete hit, Dan's passion and effort into these hours long audiobooks is truly incredible.
The stories are very informative and enjoyable to listen to. The only thing is I wish they came out sooner than 8 months apart.
These podcasts are, in short, the greatest thing to listen to when you’re like me and working a menial job. The history he offers is exhilarating, exciting and shows a real love for the subjects he chooses. However my one, single issue with this podcast is that there just isn't more made. Once a month would be nice, instead of virtually every six months. I love these podcasts so much and to say that it is blasphemy that they come out at a rate only slightly slower than a snail beating off to a playboy magazine is an abhorrent understatement.
Dan Carlin has delivered yet another fascinating history podcast. 5 stars! Keep them coming Dan!
I love these episodes. Very detailed and informative. I can’t wait to hear one about the Bonus Marchers/Smedley Butler
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is the best in podcast history storytelling, hands down. Carlin is James Michener in narrative form, but with more color, literary tension and brilliant metaphor.
I am not a fan of Dan Carlin's proclivity for soft history and historical relativism. I began his piece discussing the first world war, and he argues that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was random, and was the direct cause of the first world war. This is not the case. The assassination was merely the straw that broke the camel's back, and many very clear, and true factors contributed to the war. Anti-intellectual.
I love this podcast. It’s influenced the way I think about the world.
Simply the best history podcast on earth. Hardcore has a varied and interesting subjects discussed in an entertaining and relatable way.
Love the podcast, but was slightly disappointed by a lack effort on pronouncing “queen Lili'uokalani” ... oh wel, used to our names being butchered lol...I will say that sometimes he can be a bit circuitous on setting up relatively straightforward ideas. Get through that though and you’ll be rewarded with comprehensive and entertaining narratives. Also does anyone else think he sounds like Charlie Sheen? lol...especially in the super dramatic parts...
Last Hardcore History episode messed me up. At the end he makes reference to the photo called "Bloody Saturday". It is a photo of a Japanese air raid on a Shanghai railroad station. There is a six month old charred fleshed Chinese baby crying. This would be a disturbing image for any sensible person, but I see my half-Chinese son of the same age. This will haunt me...
The way Dan Carlin uses credible sources along with his own ability to tell the story, makes for a great program to listen to while driving for work. Carlins able to parallel facts with relatable understanding.
You want history he has all of the history!
I love History and this is such. great show. I can listen to Dan all day! he episodes are so relevant!
If you seek bloviating nonsense, you’ve come to the right podcast. Joyless. Falsely Urgent. Boring.
Which shows in his history podcast.
History is fascinating by itself but Dan Carlin takes it to a new level. His way of story telling in detail these historical events is addictive
Nothing short of brilliant every time.
The man could have made me a history major with his in depth discussion of the factors that contributed to whatever subject he decides to dissect gives the listener a full understanding of not only the historical subject at hand and it’s ramifications, but also an understanding of the world that made such events possible. 5/5 Dan Carlin, you are the man!
thank you dan. guys, just listen and u will not be dissappointed
"Deep dive" does not begin to describe Hardcore History. Dan puts you right there, whether it's drowning in the mud of a WWI battlefield or battling in doomed despair as Julius Caesar obliterates Celtic civilization in Gaul. Entrancing. Fascinating. Addictive.
For anyone interested in history, this is a MUST listen. Terrific break downs with the perfect personal touch.
The Celtic Holocaust is a fantastic 'cast. Carlin fully realizes the work of literature this is, the backstories involved, and the sheer wow-factor to have such a campaign realized from the perspective of the Man in Charge, while still immersing his audience in both sides of the story, so we can have a more accessible, relatable understanding of Caesar's march on Gaul and all that it entailed. Brilliant work.
Revisionist history this is not. In fact I’d say this is an attempt to refute revisionist and simply report what took place. Love the research and efforts made to make this provoking and engaging.
Dan Carlin is the god of podcasting. This series made me into a history buff.
Dude we need more! This is literally the most gripping and entertaining podcast that I listen to. All of your stuff on iTunes I love too, 3 bucks is a lot to get it though, maybe move some of that content to the podcast page? But honestly you and your production team do an amazing job , I listen to a wide variety of podcasts on a wide variety of topics but this one is by far the most engrossing one to experience by far. Keep them coming!
Love listening to this amazing breakdown of historical events! I learned so much about WWI that I never knew before!
I never pass up an opportunity to recommend this podcast. Dan’s delivery and insights makes interesting subjects riveting. I never thought I would every listen to hour upon hour upon hour about WWI, but I truly enjoyed every moment. The quality of the podcast is shocking to. That I can get this free, just blows my mind. I definitely am going send him some money.
I am still thinking about Caesar’s conquest of Gaul one year later. Dan Carlin provides compelling analysis and details that make it so memorable.
This podcast is even better than "Common Sense with Dan Carlin," about which my review says: This podcast is so smart that I pay to listen to it.
As a fan of history, I enjoy Dan Carlin’s idiosyncratic and fearless approach. He always does a deep dive into his topics and I learn a tremendous amount. I may not always agree with some of the opinions articulated, but I respect the mind of the man and the curiosity that drives us both. Wish I could access his full library, I’d sure listen to old episodes while awaiting the new ones.
Easily the greatest podcast series ever made.
If you are even remotely interested in history or other cultures give this a try, Dan Carlin secures your attention and keeps you entertained through the whole roughly about 4 hour episodes
Absolutely amazing story telling! This is top notch. It has quite literally changed the way I view the world. Go on to his website and buy the rest of his podcasts. They are worth every penny. Thank you Dan!
Dan makes history come to life. It is not the “big picture” that always accurately depicts why history turned out the way it did. It is the small stories. What the individual at the forefront of history with little to no control over its outcome experienced. Dan pulls these stories together while making them relevant to the big picture. Absolutely incredible what you do Dan. I have been listening to this podcast on Spotify for a while now, but ran out of material to listen to. Tracked you down to this app, now I am back to listening.
Wow I can’t believe I landed this gem. Fascinating history comes to life!
Dan Carlin is one of the best ever. These are more like audiobooks than podcasts.
I love this podcast but am a bit frustrated that I can’t add The ones I have bought to my podcast from the website
Amazing and engrossing, plus a great radio voice.
I find this podcast both engaging and thought provoking. Highly recommended!
Wish it was weekly but still amazing
Blueprint for Armageddon was simply the best lecture on World War I I have ever experienced. I cannot recommend anymore to anyone that they should listen to this podcast if they would like to know more about the history that has brought us to where we are today. Fascinating stuff people, and told from a vibrant and well versed rocking chair.
Just learned of this podcast and I’m hooked. Not only is the detail outstanding but the story telling is done in a way that makes people uninterested in history enjoy as well.
Very nice podcast but he only posts stuff once or twice a year. I don’t think he’s all that serious about this. Step it up or let it fade away.
You can’t stop listening to this podcast!
I’m obsessed with the way Dan says the word “again”
Just plain brilliant, that’s all that needs to be said
Title says it all, but no one synthesizes important historical moments better than Dan Carlin. He combines the narratives of rulers and foot soldiers with an easy eloquence that few if any can match. If you’ve yet to give this a listen, stop whatever you’re doing and start this podcast now!