He is good enough to listen to for hours. He is a bit morbid, but his delivery is empathetic and engaging. He does focus on the big personalities of history but also provide some good insight into the lives of ordinary people who were their contemporaries. I suggest you listen to some of the free content before you buy. For a single episode topic I’d suggest his “The Celtic Holocaust”. It is free.
A bit of a warning though. Carlin is mostly a moderate libertarian and is sympathetic to upheavals that deliver liberty to individuals at the expense of centralized power. Unfortunately, he cannot see that element in our President, even though he grudgingly admits the President is just the kind of person he would prescribe to re-launch the enlightenment movement. My guess is that he sees too much Caesar or Napoleon in Mr. Trump. Thus he comes off as a Never Trumper.
Thanks to all three of you for your hearty recommendations. I’ll give him a try.
One podcast I really like is “In Our Time” by Melvin Laird. It’s a BBC production. He covers an amazing array of topics, all historical. Many are historical biographies, but he covers things like the evolution of horses and gin. All have a historical aspect. He brings on wonderful guests and he leads the discussion with them.