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Publisher's Summary

A fascinating guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an online streaming series.

They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

In this volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. Aaron Mahnke invites us to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. He delves into harrowing accounts of cannibalism - some officially documented, others the stuff of speculation...perhaps. He visits the dimly lit rooms where séances take place, the European villages where gremlins make mischief, even Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.

In a world of "emotional vampires" and "zombie malls", the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls. As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even scarier than the lore.

©2017 Aaron Mahnke (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Truth can often be much scarier than fiction - something Mahnke proves as he dives deep into the world of folklore and the darker side of history in a quest to root out the fragment of truth at the bottom of our fears." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"Unlike so much horror that needs over-the-top viscera to scare you, this podcast leans on history - folklore, myth, the stuff people once thought was true - to tell its tales." ( The Atlantic)

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Excellent, BUT...

... you can hear all these stories for free, with background music, as a podcast. If you’ve listened to that already, you’ve heard all these tales before. They’re wonderful, mind you, and are compiled in groups of related topics, but still not worth spending money on if you have the ability to download podcasts.

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Like lore but 8 hours long

Loved it! Its basically an 8 hour long LORE episode..which I need more of in my life.

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Leaves you wanting so much more!

If you love stories or lore and old wives tales, then you will live this Book! Each individual story is written (about, I guess you'd say) with a perfect mystery behind it and, as per usual (see Lore podcast), Aaron Mahnke has the perfect cadence to tell them.

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  • Elan Diamond
  • 2017-10-18

Just a rehash of the podcast

This book offers little to no new content beyond the podcasts. Not worth it if you listen to lore.

38 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Happy Appy
  • 2017-10-11

Just listen to the podcast?

I was super hyped for this audio book, especially since it is narrated by Aaron Mahnke. I was excited for new stories just in time for Halloween. Unfortunately, it just seemed like it was a repeat of stories that I have already heard on the podcast. I wish I had known that, and I could have saved myself an audible credit. Pretty disappointing.

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  • Clark Douglas
  • 2017-10-13

Disappointed.

90% of the stories were from the podcast. I wasted my time and money. 15

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  • Kendall Snow
  • DENVER, CO, US
  • 2017-11-01

Maybe a Better Read in Book Form Than Audio

I really wanted to enjoy this book and there were parts of it that I did enjoy. However, I struggled with the narration because it lacked a sense of energy and intonation for an audio book. It sounded like he was reading the book for the first time which wouldn't make sense if it was his book. I also found the story difficult to follow and some chapters had no relation to their following counterparts. There were several great chapters and the author does have a nice way with words. This might have been a better read in book form rather than audio. Also, I haven't listened to the Lore Podcast so I am not sure how his voice relates from the podcast to this narration.

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  • S. Winchester
  • Pittsburgh
  • 2017-10-12

Just not that exciting.

I tried to get into this book, but just couldn't. It delivers what it promises, folklore. Somehow it just ended up being really boring. Maybe I am just more of a modern urban legend girl. There isn't anything awful about the book, it's just not that exciting. I felt like I had to force myself to pay attention most of the time.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Eugene Fierro
  • 2018-06-06

Podcast is free

As far as audio goes... these same stories can be found for free on the Lore podcast.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-03-24

Lacks depth

The shallow look into the subjects left me wanting more. Seemed like no new research was done.

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  • Emmy Wu
  • 2018-02-24

Really great if you don't mind listening to Siri

Where does The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love stories of myth and lore, and really enjoyed the diverse stories from different backgrounds.

How could the performance have been better?

I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks and I'm baffled why the author would choose to read this himself (maybe because he has a podcast). The intonation of his speech prevented me from really getting into the stories because I felt like Siri was reading to me.

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  • Awesomest
  • 2018-02-16

Pass on this if you’ve listened to all the Lore Podcasts!

If you listen to Lore Podcast, this is literally the exact same thing - same stories, just no music. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve listened to every Lore Podcast so I love it, but if you’re a fan looking for more, this is not it.

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  • Kaitlin F.
  • 2018-01-19

Not what I expected in any way

The stories were not quite what I had anticipated and lacked the substance I expected
Narration was dreadful. The reader spoke in a robotic manner as if (despite being the author) he was only capable of reading/saying aloud one word at a time, unaware of the words to follow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful