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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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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.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed.

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good book

This would’ve been a good book but it’s all a re hash from the podcast

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This title was fun, but

It was ok, just ok. The narrator's voice turns to background noise before long aa he tries to reach out directly to you from time to time.

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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Lacks depth

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Distractingly awful narration

Say "you see," one more time. I f-ing dare you, robot man. I would describe this work as interesting content made challenging by a monotone recital of one's own words. Lots of unnecessary instances of breaking the fourth wall, too. I wanted to love it, but instead I was glad when it was over.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful