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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-29

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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • CarFreak302
  • 2017-10-16

Good, not quite great.

I love Lore. And I was really hoping for some more original content. If you have listened to all of Lore, don't expect anything new. But it is still nice to have some of the better episodes all condensed without adds. And I do really like Aaron's work, so I have no regrets buying this.

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  • john142
  • 2017-10-13

Same stories as the podcast.

It was allot of the same stories as the podcast. Aarons performance is fantastic as always.

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  • William W. Connors
  • 2017-11-08

A wonderful collection of monstrous folklore!

Listeners to Aaron Mahnke's LORE podcast will find much of that material repackaged here, so be aware of that before buying it. There are certainly expanded tales, and additional accounts, so LORE fans like me (who always want more) will find it horribly delightful.

Mahnke's extensive research and captivating narrative style makes this an audio book you never want to pause. You'll keep say "I'll just listen to ONE more story" and, before you know it, an hour will have passed. Sit back, dim the lights, and just let the Lore wash over you.

As soon as I finish listening to this, you can bet I will be picking up the next World Of Lore book.

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  • Fenna
  • 2017-10-15

Word for Word Transcripts of the Podcasts

If you're a fan of the Lore podcast series then you know all the information written in this book. This is essentially a written transcript of the podcast episodes, word for word. I got the audio book which is also narrated by Mahnke so it's like listening to the podcasts without the ads. Though I was hoping for new stories I still love the podcast series so I didn't mind listening to it again. I might buy the physical book as well since apparently there are fun illustrations to go with it. If you haven't listened to the Lore episodes and are interested in the subject matter then I definitely recommend the book but if you're a Lore lover and was hoping for new content then you're going to be disappointed.

I'm still giving the book 5 stars since I do love the information from the podcasts and Mahnke does great research and great narration.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Eliana sharp
  • 2017-11-20

Bored at work? Listen to these awesome stories!

Listener of the podcast, watched all the shows, and now obsessed with everything Aaron Mahnke! He has really done well with this genre and his voice is not at all annoying. Love the flow of different stories and can't wait for the new book to be released.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful