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Publisher's Summary

Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate; and how that friendship was violently torn apart.

This five-part series features narration, interviews, and dramatic reconstruction to explore aspects of the story that have, until now, not been widely known.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 5 episodes to your Library now.

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Critic Reviews

"Excellent... Follows the story's trail like a good old hound dog... This five-part documentary from Audible was made in the US by the writer and broadcaster Danny Robins, and reveals new aspects of Johnny Cash's famous 1968 Folsom Prison gig - he's unearthed some excellent first-hand witnesses." (Sunday Times)

"★★★★☆ A reminder of how deeply incarceration can scar the soul." (The Times)

"Folsom Untold is the fascinating story of Johnny Cash's comeback prison album... Told in remarkable detail... Robins, a British presenter last heard hosting the Haunted podcast, assembles an impressive cast here, criss-crossing the US to visit producers, reporters, musicians and commentators, all of whom share their recollections of Cash. It's a fascinating story and the detail here is remarkable." (Financial Times)

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  • Alan Wall
  • 13-03-19

Dull

Didn't finish, a real "so what" story which no amount of the narrator getting breathlessly excited about could disguise

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-12-18

Good & worth listen. A well old tale.

Good & worth listen. A well old tale. Interesting bits and pieces. not too long.

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  • Matt
  • 12-03-19

Quality!

I can't stop recommending this to my friends. Really great story with superb narration by Danny.

I wish the songs could be played in full! However I now can't stop listening to that legendary album!

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  • Mr P Glendinning
  • 28-02-19

I thought it would be a better story

For me its about the narrator before I am going to like or dislike a book this didn't keep you interested.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-19

Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this audio series. I wish it was longer! More like this please!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-18

Let this train pass you by

The only thing that kept me listening was to see where it was going, went nowhere of worth and had no substance along the way. Performance was dated too.

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  • Staceystacey
  • 20-05-21

Something a Little Different.

This was free, and I thought it would be rubbish! What a shock, I could listen to his of this type of rock and roll investigative journalism for hours! In short, it's great.

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  • Dewdrop
  • 26-02-21

Insightful and a compelling listen

This was an intriguing listen about, what I consider to be, a slightly controversial subject.
Johnny Cash's story is a complex one and this was a different angle and story that I'd not heard before.
It was very interesting to hear people close to Johnny and Glen talk about their experiences.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-20

Dont waste your time

No story, barely anything happens, definitely not worth making a podcast about. wouldn't waste my time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-20

interesting

interesting listen, would recommend to any cash fan, more words to find five words to finish

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  • thereadaholic
  • 16-12-18

The clickbait of podcasts

Lots of repetition, nothing really new. Content that could have justified maybe two episodes stretched out over five. Not worth the bandwidth to download.

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  • Graykat
  • 05-11-20

Overhyped narrator

The narrator needs a sedative. The gushing hyperbole detracts from a an otherwise good story.

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  • Mark
  • 06-12-19

INTERESANO

A well researched and executed audio book.
I really enjoyed it and so might you.

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  • Mick
  • 04-08-19

Still feels untold

The write up for this story boasts an investigation into the friendship between a Johnny Cash and inmate Glen Sherley who met as a result of Cash’s performance at Folsom Prison. Perhaps it is the fact it is squeezed into five 30ish minute segments but I felt this ‘investigation’ barely scratched the surface.

Robins’ performance is good but maybe 50 years on from the Folsom performance is too long as many of the major players are since deceased and he becomes reliant on texts written in the interim.

Robins does make use of what and who he has available still making this effort an interesting and compelling listen.

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  • Michelle O'S
  • 22-06-19

Bit repetitve

Great story but pretty repetitive so hard to listen to at times. Each episode repeated a significant part of the same info so quite distracting. Good story though

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  • Brett Agnew
  • 28-02-19

didnt know there was a history of the album

being in my 30's I didnt know there was a dark history to this album I'm 2 episodes in and with binge listen to the rest today

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

Revealing portrait of a great album

I had mixed feelings about this one. At first I found the narration a little over the top, and especially disliked the acted parts with a voice actor playing Cash. But after the first episode, the story really started coming together for me and by the end I found this to be poignant and quite touching. In many ways, the real thrust of the story is Glenn Sherley, and it's his story that makes the biggest impression on me.

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  • Cate
  • 17-02-19

Refreshingly different

I really enjoyed this. I am a fan of Johnny Cash so getting the back story on the events surrounding the Folsom prison album was intriguing and engaging. I enjoyed the style of production, like a documentary taking you on a journey of discovery with real life recordings of people involved in the story. More like a radio program than an audiobook.