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I’m a fan

by fan of history podcasts on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great insight into topics with a sense of humor. Thank you.


by cjhenry41 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Really well done and educational, but entertaining

Straight fire

by Jos Manley on
Rating: ★★★★★

Daniele redefines the meaning of Italian master.


by bobbyfolsom0350 on
Rating: ★★★★★

So smart


by Anne HW on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you care about understanding who we are and why, history is the answer. Daniele gives a lot of praise to Dan Carlin for inspiration. All I can say is these two are my absolute favorites when it comes to learning about history.

One of the best podcasts

by Stephano T on
Rating: ★★★★★

History on fire has to be one of the best if not the best podcast I’ve heard. Soo many great stories and an in depth look at what was going on during the time. I truly enjoy it, I’ve only just recently started listening to the episodes and I look forward to hearing every single one.

Second only to Hardcore History, and just barely

by Desert Dog Sr. on
Rating: ★★★★★

Daniele Bolelli is a master story teller. At first, his Italian accent is a little thick, but give it 15 minutes of perfectly delivered historical narrative and you don’t even notice it anymore. This guy is a true beast of knowledge, and seems more grounded and confident in his skills—whilst maintaining a humble charm—than anyone podcasting that I can think of. And I’m a podcast junky. His passion during each podcast episode is unrivaled. You can tell he loves some of the characters he speaks of, and you feel yourself connecting with famous people and famous events from hundreds of years ago. My road trip out west and visiting the Battle of Little Bighorn monument was made 100 times more epic thanks to this podcast. History on Fire has the absolute best series on the subject, and it made the visit unforgettable.You know what? I think I’ve convinced myself in writing this: History on Fire is better than Hardcore History (I still love you Dan! You just make me wait too long.)

Amazing show

by angelonatural on
Rating: ★★★★★

Daniele is an amazing historian, his stories are so interesting and as well researched and thought out as a college research report. There’s literally no place you can go to to get more info on history like joan of arc or crazy horse. They’re all individual movies on their own.

The ice man

by kep'48 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

This guy really runs on. Reminds me of the worst lecturers: the ones who love to hear themselves talk. Uses a little information to fill a lot of time. He could have told the ice man story in 30 minutes, instead he took more than an hour and a half. I won’t bother to listen to more episodes.

Entertaining and Informative

by Bmac1746 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Bolelli's delivery is very entertaining and still intellectually stimulating. Also, his intro music is great!

Appreciate the rare opportunity to learn about Gladiators.

by Orville H on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Presentation is sincere, studied, and insightful. Bias against Christianity (sure spent a lot of time on that) works against a balanced view of many streams in history in human behavior, like the issues of Roman rule and it’s emperors. Still, I respect this effort. We need more podcasts on history, I am not into commentary.

Can I get a slice of pepperoni?

by jjrooster on
Rating: ★★★★★

Once you get past the pizzia parlor accent there good Info-tainment here

Awesome show

by Jake, Not From State Farm on
Rating: ★★★★★

For anyone who loves history you definitely need to add this to your regular rotation.

Second only to Dan Carlin.

by Og killer on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you can get passed a hard and thick Italian butchery of the English language, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find arguably one of the best history programs to ever be released. I’ve listened to roughly 90% of the show thus far and have yet to find an episode that didn’t draw me in. The biggest issue I have is sometimes starting an episode knowing the conclusion won’t be released for another month..... (totally kidding about your accent too brother!)

Joe “you should start a podcast” Rogan

by SoCalTrucKR on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thanks joe for sending me here.

Thank you.

by GrimnGrizzled on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is gift don’t sleep on it any longer. Quit wasting time and meet your ancestors.


by mabelle_ on
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent historical work. Great listen.

Love this guy!

by TimmyClide on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have learn so much about history!

Loving this dude

by milesmateo on
Rating: ★★★★★

Daniele can you please do a podcast about the history of Poland

Great discovery

by Mickelek on
Rating: ★★★★★

I just found this series of history stories, ancient and modern, told in a voice I love to listen to. I find myself always looking forward to the next one. I try not to binge though today I’m doing a ton of laundry and Daniele Bolelli is a welcome companion. The historic stories are told with the best effort towards honesty of the times they take place. Loving it!

One of the Best

by BrienNoonan on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this podcast! The Joan of Arc series has been a highlight for me, but anything earlier has been great too. Lots of older episodes I can’t wait to get to. Fans of Carlin will love him and those who are critics of him might find this one refreshing. This podcast is no doubt in the upper echelon of the history podcast space!

In Depth

by Cat*Butt on
Rating: ★★★★★

He is a great storyteller who has researched his topic and in telling the story of the Slave Wars his inner fire brings to life the characters so that you can almost see them in your mind. I love it.

The podcast for history lovers.

by Adam Herring on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you love history, be ready to be binging on this podcast hardcore.

Props on top of props!

by Tatanka Omani on
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome and neatly descriptive in a fun way! I enjoyed learning about the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the War for the Black Hills and listening to both sides of the story. Very fair in the telling in many of Daniele’s series!

Prof Bolelli is a great person and podcaster

by Laker949 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Around 2002, I had the pleasure of taking a course on the history of martial arts with Prof Bolelli at UCLA. He was a humble, engaging and intelligent professor who was always willing to go out of his way to help you grow as a person. I haven’t seen him in 16 years or so but today I was thinking of one of my favorite people in history in Spartacus and went to the Podcast search and to my serendipity came across Prof Bolelli’s engaging podcast. It was great to hear his voice again and I will be sure and subscribe to all of his future shows! Cheers to a great human being!

Crazy Horse

by appleknockerPD on
Rating: ★★★★★

The episodes on Crazy Horse were wonderful. Always enjoy the depth this podcaster goes to keep you interested in history and love the way he tells the story!!!

No. Just no.

by gimmedatsammich on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

You know what’s more frustrating and annoying than the lack of the UTTERLY STANDARD feature on the Apple Podcast app which would allow you to sort and refine reviews by positive/negative ratings, or better yet, by each star rating, instead of having to slog through dozens if not hundreds of glowing 5 star reviews , many of which were potentially paid-for, until you get to a single one that is even slightly critical? This podcast’s host/creator/narrator’s accent. It is 10x more annoying than what I just described in the insanely long sentence above. Also, his ad-pushing (and along with that, his ad-free subscription, for a monthly fee of course, pushing). Worst of all, though, are his highly questionable scholarly, ethical, and ideological issues. This is not the guy you want to acquire knowledge of history from. I’m beginning to think that can only be done reliably in a classroom setting and via one’s own careful of well sourced books. This is pop history at its worst. Don’t fall for the trap.

Really great History podcast

by ktc sd van on
Rating: ★★★★★

Daniele is the man, and its great to hear some of his own takes on the history he is presenting in a really human way. I never feel like its a boring lecture, I'm always awaiting his next work. Your fan from San Diego, Kris

My new favorite history podcast

by fatgreta on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve only recently stumbled across this podcast and am I ever thankful I found it. Especially with the terrible dearth of episodes coming from Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History the last couple of years, this is now by far my favorite history podcast. He tells a good story, hitting what for me is a sweet spot between detail and brevity. He does well at giving the listener a glimpse of what life might have been like in the times he is ‘storying’ about. This is great stuff, just lots of entertainment and fun.

Very Well Done

by Jameshimself777 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I've listened to lots of historical podcasts and this one ranks among the top. Very informative and well laid out.

Best history podcast!

by Annie J Johnsen 303 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Such a fun and interesting podcast! Daniele makes historical events easily digestible and funny! Highly recommend!

My lord, my ears...

by Rev FC on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Just started this fantastic podcast, but I hope the sound levels are better in the later episodes. The theme music nearly blows out my headphone speakers (and my eardrums...) every time it plays at the beginning and the end..

I love this podcast

by marlenahunley on
Rating: ★★★★★

I just started listening this week, Joe Rogan mentioned you and so I had to check you out! I just have to say, the way you describe things is amazing. I can’t stop listening! Side note - E32B - at the beginning when you are talking about sponsors, the Blue Apron Knife Fight made me laugh so hard! Also, you wear your fanny pack with pride! Thanks for making me want to learn again and the occasional hard belly laughs.


by WikiBoi on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you like to get lost during your daily functions, History on Fire is for you.

Awesome Podcast

by P Otter on
Rating: ★★★★★

Just discovered this podcast and I can’t stop listening.


by RNdom Player on
Rating: ★★★★★

Such an incredible Podcast. Love it when these guys breathe life into historical events thy educate AND inform. Bravo!

This podcast proves ...

by Diamond Listener NY on
Rating: ★★★★★

You never stop learning.

Great work

by RTCboston on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you like Hardcore History, Danielle has a similarly rewarding story telling format and well researched content.

Seems to have potential

by mousemoon on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I wish I could understand the speaker better, his accent is just to heavy. Oh well.

Top 2

by 2jew4u on
Rating: ★★★★★

Edit: this podcast is still at a much lower volume than any other podcast. I need to put the volume all the way up just to make sure I catch it all.Danielle and Dan Carlin are the GOATs of history podcasts. My only issue would be that he records it at a lower volume than all of my other podcasts. Even with that, 10/10

Easily one of the best history podcasts out there!

by MJV15 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great stories from a great storyteller, clearly one of the highest quality history podcasts out there.

Pumped for Some Hardcore History Without Having Heard a Word!!

by jennick_13 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Just reading all the enthusiastic reviews from the loyal listeners of this podcast prompted me to put in a review without even downloading any episodes yet!!! I am totally looking forward to listening to more podcasts in the same style as Dan Carlin's Hardcore History & am so glad that at last....I have found my tribe:)

Excellent Listen

by Lexsegov on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast I just wish I had access to all the episodes from apple.


by Blabla46189363 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Spent thirty minutes of one episode wondering why Cortez brought three “sheep” with him into Mexico, before realizing he meant ships😂. Nevertheless, his Italian accent does not impede his wealth of detailed knowledge and fascinating stories from centuries before, which he shares in this podcast. If you enjoy Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, History on Fire offers a similar look into the drama, blood, betrayal and everyday lives long past.

Glad I gave it a shot

by TArchibald on
Rating: ★★★★★

The moment I heard his thick accent I though “oh crap”. I wanted to learn something, not to waste energy deciphering what was being said. I am so glad I listened. He speaks slowly and is very easy to understand. You can really feel his love of history and his enthusiasm. I learned so much and loved every minute of it.


by frustrated!!grr on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

What a boring podcast with such a narrow and biased perspective.

Great podcast

by Publius02 on
Rating: ★★★★★

One of the best podcasts around, especially for folks who want to better understand the past.


by Stu Nims on
Rating: ★★★★★



by Alexei paniouc on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have loved every episode I have listened to thank you

Truly engaging

by Sstylof on
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent storyteller!The podcasts are long however I enjoy that and they keep me engaged. Its history after all. Keep it up Daniele.And Holy smoke, I read the critical reviews of this podcast and those very few are in the dark ages. You cannot criticise a persons accent when the spoken english is very clear. If you also expect a 15min excerpt, then you dont understand the subject and if you could read, you will notice the length is stipulated. If one needs to complain, rather spend time posting selfies on instagram