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The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures Audiobook

The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures

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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.

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. And 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 also 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 and Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.

The monsters of folklore have become not only a part of our language but 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

Praise for the Lore podcast: "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)

"Narrated by Mahnke in a style that evokes spooky campfire stories, Lore is a history lesson like no other." (Esquire)

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    Miss Kenyon Birmingham, UK 11/01/2018
    Miss Kenyon Birmingham, UK 11/01/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Nothing new"

    I love Lore Podcast. I really really do. But this book didn’t seem to contain many, if any, stories that you couldn’t hear for free on the podcast. Kind of a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Haden 20/11/2017
    Ben Haden 20/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "podcast is better"

    not the wordt but save your credit and follow the podcast its far better produced

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    Clare Hughes Liverpool, United Kingdom 27/10/2017
    Clare Hughes Liverpool, United Kingdom 27/10/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Good, but I've heard it before."

    A lot of the content of this book seems to be lifted straight off the Lore Podcast.

    It's entertaining, sure. But I feel like I've heard it all before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    conor 11/10/2017
    conor 11/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic listen!!!"

    A truly fantastic listen!. Would recommend to anyone who is fascinated by the weird and scary stories of this world. It’s not only scary stories, but case studies of different cultures and period of our history and how we may not be so different from our ancestors as we would like to think. Love the podcast, get this!.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STENSDEN 15/02/2018
    STENSDEN 15/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    Great idea for a book and first third is interesting but then it just descends into a load of old tosh about ghosts and strange events taken from 19th century newspapers.
    Shame

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    Emily 01/02/2018
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    "Just a mash-up of his podcasts D:"
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    I am a big fan of the Lore podcasts and was disappointed that this book is just the podcasts in one big long recording! I feel cheated. The podcasts are free and I wasted a credit on this.

    HOWEVER, I love Aaron’s voice and the stories he tells. And if I didn’t know his podcasts then this would have been excellent.

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    Matthew Horsfield 04/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Departs from the title"

    Thoroughly enjoyed, just like the podcast. However, it did detour from creatures to ghosts unfortunately. There were also a couple of quite large omissions I felt, especially such as giant apes (Bigfoot/yeti etc) which you'd have expected from an American author. I would have also liked more original material not yet published via the podcast but it was still immensely enjoyable with extra titbits added.

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