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Publisher's Summary

A chilling who's who of the most despicable people ever to walk the Earth, featuring both rare and best-loved stories from the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an Online streaming series. 

The second book in a three-volume collection, The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals tells the incredible true stories of some of the mortals who achieved notoriety in history and folklore through horrible means. Monsters of this sort - serial killers, desperate criminals, and socially mobile people with a much darker double life - are, in fact, quite real, including H. H. Holmes, the infamous Chicago serial killer; William Brodie, the Edinburgh criminal mastermind who inspired The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and Bela Kiss, a Hungarian tinsmith with a most disturbing hobby: collecting women in gasoline drums. 

©2018 Aaron Mahnke (P)2018 Random House Audio

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It has similar stories to the podcast so that kinda of dilutes it

If you listen to the podcast don’t waste the credit. Aaron is still masterful just not worth the credit if you listen to the mascot.

Tony

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Same as the Podcast

if you listen to the podcast, you've heard this whole book before. don't get me wrong, it's very good, but it's the podcast basically word for word

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For Fans of The Lore Podcast

Akin to the first book in this Lore collection (Monstrous Creatures), this book covers many of the same topics that have been researched and broadcast on the titular podcast. This book goes further in-depth and covers various types of 'wicked mortals.' Think the likes of the serial killer H H Holmes, resurrectionists who amassed their wealth from body snatching the recently interred, or black widow types who systematically poisoned everyone around them (typically for insurance).

Chapter changes are marked with some music, but I miss having it ambiently play throughout as it does on the podcast.

While I love the lore, the primary reason I purchased this was in support of the author and his podcast. Aaron Mahnke is a wonderful story-teller, but most of the content here can be found on the podcast or on the Amazon Prime show.

I will likely get the upcoming Lore: Dreadful Places, but with the understanding that it, like the two books that have come before it, is going to be an in-depth retelling of the podcast.

I would highly recommend this to fans. And for those who have never heard of Mahnke or Lore, I suggest listening to his Lore podcast first so you can experience his reading and story-style.

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  • 08-22-18

Great book, audio could be a touch better.

I love the story and the reader but as a fan of the podcast I found this audio a little bit lower in quality. Great stuff, just not as clean in listening quality.

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A good perspective on folklore

Aaron nails it again with this book, if you like folklore you need to pick up this book.

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Just as amazing as all Lore titles

I love Aaron Mahnke! His writings and performances is always delightful! This book includes a lot of the criminals he’s covered in his Lore podcast but includes more detail here. There are also many criminals mentioned in this book that Aaron Mahnke has not covered before. If you have a morbid curiosity, this is the book for you!

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Great Stories and History

Aaron Mahnke did it again with his "The World of Lore" series! Wicked Mortals takes you on a chilling adventure of history and mysterious happenings across the globe. He speaks to our ability to find fault in the super natural and our love of things unknown.

Being a fan of this podcast, I looked at this as a continuation of his stories online and his series on Amazon Prime. And, it did not disappoint me in the least.

Give it a try and see for yourself, what true horrors humankind has experienced.

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Love this!

One of my favorite podcasts becomes one of my favorite books. What a great collection of folklore, and all of it placed in the appropriate cultural context. I could not recommend this highly enough to history buffs and folklore fanatics!

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Only thing missing was the piano.

As the title says, the only thing missing that keeps this performance from being perfect is the piano.

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love this series!

spooky yet informative and educational. definitely going to be listening again when Autumn rolls around!

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