Favorite episodes of the world's finest podcast
Dan Carlin is an amazing storyteller, and succeeds overwhelmingly at conveying the greatest stories of our past. These stories are so incomprehensibly fantastic, that is difficult to imagine that they actually happened, to people just like you and me, and yet they did. And yet somehow some people manage to make them boring to many people. Not so with Carlin. With a "quality over quantity" approach, he delivers massive shows--often many hours in length, and leaves you glued to every second of them. Finally someone who knows how to do history justice. And he does it show, after show, after show. Also check out his other podcast, "common sense." Every. single. show. I have heard thus far of his is worthy of 5 stars.
This series, and the series "Blueprint for Armageddon" I consider to be his best to date. Especially the epic, 5 hour long final part (which I listened to all of, mesmerised, in one sitting). I knew of Julius Caesar's significance to history, of course, but I was never aware of what a fascinating man he really was. Politically a liberal, almost populist figure, and yet an absolute dictator of what was nominally supposed to be a Republic. The victor in a long, merciless, battle for control of the entire civilized world, and yet known for being "a good guy." I could go on, but I won't do it justice--why don't you take a listen for yourself?