Aggregated reviews for Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.

Funny and Punny   (5/5)

I’ve been listening for about a year and I have caught up on all the older podcasts. The Cabinet is a clever short podcast with plenty of those little groaners. I wish that the episodes came out faster. But “If wishes were horses...” I can’t express enough on how much I enjoy this podcast and Lore. I look forward to each new episode.

“John”is incorrect (“Ring Master”)   (5/5)

A quick note — Tolkien did not go by the name John. As is/was common for the English, he went by one of his “middle” names — Ronald. Edith wasn’t his “high school sweetheart” either... This podcast features fun little stories but note that mistakes are made frequently.

Puppy gives 5 paws!   (5/5)

Hi, Aaron! Just wanted to let you know that our new pup, Bentley, is obsessed with the soundtrack to Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s a great way to bond. Keep up the great work! -Klarke, Kyle & Bentley Minneapolis, MN

Best thing ever   (5/5)

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Meh...   (3/5)

This reminds me of a worse version of that one show “And now you know the rest of the story...” kind of boring.

Fun Facts   (5/5)

I learn the best fun facts from this show! A lot of them remind me of the old Paul Harvey’s with the “big reveal” at the end. His voice is nice to listen...even after 20 episodes in a row.

Fun Listen   (5/5)

Thank you so much for your podcast, it’s a true pleasure to listen to.

Meh   (3/5)

This information is okay given that it’s shortened, but the endings and puns are terrible and sometimes rude/gross

10/10   (5/5)

It’s the best podcast I have ever heard

Recently Glitchy and pauses   (5/5)

I love this podcast but in sometimes when you try to end the podcast some of the ending words of cut like “thank you for listening to the cabinet of cur-“ and then that’s it.

I really do love this podcast   (2/5)

First off let me say that my 3 star rating has nothing to do with the content or writing of this podcast. His voice is great and I really get drawn into the story. My big problem is that each half of the episode ends with a terrible pun. Some so groan-worthy that I will stop listening for a long while. Please, Mr. Mahnke, stop this disservice to yourself! Your content shouldn’t be compromised by ending with a “witty” remark. Again, absolutely love the show otherwise. Thanks Edit: these puns at the end are TERRIBLE! It totally ruins everything before it. They don’t even make sense! Stop trying to end on a joke when it’s not even funny or applicable!!

Thank You! You do do great research!   (5/5)

Just listened the episode about the Monticello Miracle. Almost EVERYONE pronounces Monticello like Jefferson’s home. It is a bone of contention around here. I was a little shocked to hear our local racetrack on your show, and also pleased that you pronounced it as we do. I also worked with Dons relation, and you got that correct too.

Details   (5/5)

You use insignificant details a lot of the time, I feel like lore is tons better and lore deserves 5 stars. Still good tho keep up the good work

Must Listen   (5/5)

I love these short bites of weird and lesser known history. Keep it up, Aaron!

Food for thought   (5/5)

Thoughtfully concocted snippets of history I never would have know about.

Thank you Aaron   (5/5)

Love this podcast. If you enjoyed Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story as a kid you’re going to love this.

Awesome podcast thank you   (5/5)

I love this podcast thank you

Thank you!   (5/5)

Thank you!!! This should be a 5 star podcast❣️

Amazing but I like the old introduction   (5/5)

The old intro was so much better but I love this show the way he tells the story is amazing if you are looking for a good podcast and you like stories that are strange and curious this is a good podcast for you

All commercial   (2/5)

Love AM but these are too short to have commercials and all

😍   (5/5)

Oh my god I love this podcast, but I agree with others, I don’t like the new intro. I loved how the door would creak and when I was younger I danced to the music of the intro. I also love lore.

Great!!   (5/5)

My new favorite!!

I don’t like it much   (2/5)

Listen, I’m a history geek, and this is a good podcast but the new intro.. eh. Also voicing, gimme action please!

I Love This Podcast, But…   (4/5)

This is a great podcast, and I honestly love it. It is so easy to listen to, and it’s to the point of binge-listening to it. But…UGH the new intro starting around episode 180-ish. I LOVED his original intro with him introducing the podcast and the sound of the creaking door, but now it’s just a woman’s voice and it’s so monotone.

Not a copy cat   (5/5)

Lore and cabinet of curiosity’s are both made by the same man and never tell the same story’s

Intriguing, witty, and fascinating   (5/5)

Aaron has a way of making this podcast like poetry. Each tale is so easy to visualize with the witty and intense descriptions he offers. The tales are always intriguing and gripping. One of my favorites out there. Also try Lore.

Lyrical in the story telling   (5/5)

The host talks in a lyrical way, intertwining two different stories into one thus making it original. His story telling is as good as another radio narrator that can be found in episode 199.

Not a Copycat   (5/5)

This podcast is not a copycat of any other podcast. The content is original and interesting. There are lots of short format story podcasts. This is one of my favorites.

Great show copy cat   (4/5)

I loved Lore and this is a great shorter version of the show. It’s definitely a copy cat of “The Way I Heard It” and that cheapens the podcast on originality.

Awesome   (5/5)

Love the quality of this podcast. The topics and content are captivating and amazing. The writing is exceptional. Thank you for making work!

The best podcast ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   (5/5)

I wish you posted more I am always caught up and I some times I get distracted in class and listen to the podcasts, but other than that this is the best thing ever post more please we need it. Everyone wants it.

Nothing better   (5/5)

Don’t change anything soldier

Love it   (5/5)

It is amazing 5 stars one of the best podcasts I listen to.

Been going downhill   (2/5)

For as short as the story selected for this podcast are you would expect at least a basic level fact checking...that level has not been met. I have listened since the beginning and it has dropped in quality enough that it is no longer worth the time listen anymore.

Recent Factual Errors Give Pause   (5/5)

Have enjoyed the series but misidentify Sgt York as being part of the 82nd AIRBORNE Division during WWI, then in a separate story saying that WWII started in 1916 have made me wonder that perhaps his fact checking is suspect.

😞   (4/5)

I’m not gonna lie to y’all, I don’t like the new intro thing. I wish that they didn’t add that whole “ Grim and Mild” thing. I miss the old intro. I know it’s still there but it’s different.

Keep it coming! 👍🏻   (5/5)

I am in love with this podcast! Stories are awesome, and I couldn’t imagine rating this show any less than 5 stars. Amazing show! Oh, and I also love Lore just as much.


I LOVE this. You can’t find any other podcast that is this COOL!!! Also this podcast “Strange arrivals” is also good. Aron is on this podcast to! I LOVE THIS!

Perfect work podcast   (5/5)

I love this podcast! It is well researched and accessible for anyone looking to learn a little more about weird paranormal history!

Absolutely love this podcast!   (5/5)

So well researched and very very interesting! Definitely worth the listen:•)

Embarrassing   (1/5)

The second world war started in 1916? Yeeeeesh...

I love this show   (5/5)

It is soothing, interesting, and bite sized. What more is there to want?!

Sloppy & Inaccurate   (1/5)

Sergeant York was a corporal during his most famous exploit. One wonders what other stuff one ought to know that one would never to told on “Cabinet of Curiosities.”

Great Stuff!   (5/5)

The short and sweet episodes have so much interesting info. Love it!

Wonderful Podcast   (5/5)

I fell in love with “Lore” when it first launched and feel the same about this one. I am happy to have it in my queue.

Over it   (1/5)

Host is an egotistical jackass on social media. His unprofessionalism and bigotry has ruined all of his shows for me. This once avid listener can no long enjoy his work now knowing who Aaron Mahnke actually is.

Amazing   (5/5)

Hi Aaron! So I have a love hate relationship with all of your podcasts. I love them because they’re amazing, but I hate that they’ve ruined other podcasts for me 😂 Thank you for doing what you do and keep up the great work!

Keep those tales coming   (5/5)

Just saying Hi . Love ur shows . I’m a long haul driver . I literally pass thru entire states listening to ur stories , ( not to mention , missed several turns too ) .

Another Banger from Mahnke!!   (5/5)

Great podcast! Perfect length for that drive to work or if you are in a pinch for time!

Great Podcast   (5/5)

Your story telling skills are top notch, thank you for all your work!

So dope   (3/5)

So dope dude

Fantastic!   (5/5)

Hi Aaron- GREAT show! This show is fab! Always enjoyable!

Love it!!   (5/5)

I’m a devoted listener of Lore since the beginning. I was a little hesitant to try this show and what a fool I was! Since listening to my first episode I’ve decided to start at the beginning and in about a week and a half I’m about 50 episodes away from being current. Please keep doing all your shows they are amazing. Looking forward to catch up to the current episode next week =]

Hi Aaron!   (5/5)

I’ve consumed all the episodes of Lore and am now going through all these episodes and I only wish there were longer and more! As always, excellent research and story telling. Keep up the great work.

Yep   (5/5)

I enjoy the show!

Great Podcast   (5/5)

Love the fascinating stories of the strange and bizarre in history. Aaron is a great host!

Absolutely love this podcast!   (5/5)

I love the stories! Creepy and interesting, they always get my attention. They are perfect for when I’m cleaning or doing some mundane task. Aaron’s voice is perfect for story telling. Love this and Lore for longer stories.

Always a surprise   (5/5)

I enjoy the surprises of these short tidbits that help break up my pod cast listening. And of course there are the puns!

Love the tidbits of information   (5/5)

The random historical stories are quick and fun.

Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet Of Curiosities.   (5/5)

It is amazing! It absolutely captures our attention with great ease. It is haunting, but is something to listen to in bed. I really recommend this podcast. Warning: this podcast is not for the sqeemish. I don’t think the faint of heart should listen.

Delightful.   (5/5)

I love this podcast. I don't have much to say about it, but I wanted everyone to know. I've glad I've gotten this off my chest.

Love it!!   (5/5)

I love these Little bite-sized stories. Always interesting & fun

Cabnit of curiosity   (5/5)

I love all episodes that I hear

Cabinet of Curiosities   (5/5)

Love it.

Keep it going   (5/5)

I enjoy the puns and content of storytelling Don’t change a thing

So full of info   (5/5)

I love listening to this podcast as well as lore with all my family. I love all the information given in the brief time of the podcasts, and I love the randomness of the stories. One will be at a completely different time and place than the last. I love knowing all these random little stories, especially being a fact junkie:).

Curious!   (5/5)

I look forward to new eps. So many interesting tidbits to do further research on. And keep up the puns. I love them!

Neat stories. Facts we never knew   (5/5)

Very informative and interesting and not as robotic sounding as Lore. I have started at the beginning and listened to everyone.

Best podcast ever   (5/5)

Love the cabinet of Curiosities just the right size to listen to on my way to work. I love the puns but I enjoy a good pun. It’s an art form on it’s own. The pod cast is fabulously done with snippets of information that leave you wanting to learn more.

Desert between California and New Mexico   (1/5)

You mean Arizona?

Maybe I’m spoiled by Lore   (3/5)

Great little stories… “Little“ being the key word. They leave me yearning for an answer or a resolution and more detail. This is an interesting collection of quick teasers but I want to know the rest of the story. Lore does exactly that, but I feel these four minute stories in Cabinet of Curiosities are just a tad too short.

Love it   (5/5)

Informative, entertaining, and I love the puns. I enjoy the length of the episodes. Great for short trips to work and whatnot.

The music! The stories! The narration, oh my!   (5/5)

I love the occasional quirky music. Tie in the immense stories and beautiful narration, and that’s one perfect podcast!

Nice   (5/5)

I like it. Short but entertaining.

No puns   (4/5)

Like this podcast but cut back on the puns please

Corny and predictable   (2/5)

Spoiler alert: the perpetrator is usually an animal. It was kind of cute the first time. Not anymore when you can see it coming a mile away. Obnoxious.

😜   (5/5)

Aaron your so Punny!!!

Good but the new music is terrible   (4/5)

The new inspirational or whatever it’s supposed be music underscoring newer episodes is terrible. I’ve skipped recent episodes because of it.

Just ok.   (1/5)

Many of the stories have been entertaining and/or interesting, but too many times I finish an episode thinking “what was special about that story?” Also, this seems to be a copy of the Box of Oddities, which is much more fun to listen to.

Haters   (5/5)

I think it’s good u guys need to listen to lore it’s going to blow your mind!!I love it, sure it’s short but in the time during its very interesting!!

Great tiny pod!😱😁😆😄   (5/5)

I love this podcast so much and I really like the amount of research that goes in each episode. I wish that it wouldn’t update so much, but it is much better than not updating at all. Also try lore!! So good!! 😁

Wish it was longer   (3/5)

I know it’s supposed to be a bite sized podcast but I wish he’d delve deeper and go into more length with the things he talks about. Other than that, I enjoy it.

Puns are bad, everything else is great   (5/5)

He still says “you see” too much, and the puns are awful, but it’s an amazing bite sized podcast.

Awesome   (5/5)

I love listening to lore and Aaron Mankhe’s voice makes it scarier I get nightmares it’s so scary especially the werewolf one

Fantastic!   (5/5)

I love this show!

Great stories and interesting facts but needs a little less repetition   (5/5)

I love the wide range of subjects and sometimes shocking facts. His approach to telling each story is engaging. However some of the jokes and quips are repetitive. Episode 112 and 149 even share the same title. I think this podcast could get a full 5 stars with a little more attention to detail and creative writing that doesn't recycle the same jokes and punch lines. I understand creating consistency for the sake of building a brand, but when episodes are as short as 7 or 8 minutes, it is easier to catch the redundancy and it takes away from the creative value of the podcast.

LOVE IT!   (5/5)

This podcast is for history and what we don’t know about. Very fun and exiting episodes

Good podcast   (5/5)

It’s very will research and Aaron really knows what he’s talking about. To the people who can’t stand the puns, it’s only like four seconds a episode. You’ll live.

Aron is a great guy   (5/5)

I love this and lore and your books keep up the good work P.s you people you wrote bad reviews don’t know what your talking about

I love this podcast 😍   (5/5)

It’s the most creative and interesting show!

I love this podcast   (5/5)

Always interesting and educational and wonderfully performed.

Amazing podcast   (5/5)

I like the story’s but I like the ghost stories the most. Episode’s should be longer

Aaron is a coward   (1/5)

Aaron is firmly against the 1st amendment and I will never listen to one of his shows and will go out of my way to not purchase from anyone that sponsors his shows.👎🏻👎🏻

I shouldn’t have looked at your Twitter   (3/5)

I know better. But I looked anyway based on earlier reviews. I can’t turn on the tv or any news radio without hearing zealots from one side or the other taking about Russia and Ukraine. I can’t listen to it anymore. So I try to find content in podcasts that is anything else. Then I look at host’s twitter and I know what he’s spending all his time tweeting about. Ruined an okay podcast for me.

Good but why puns?   (4/5)

This is a good podcast. One question though, why the horrible puns, they ruin it all for me. Please stop the puns, both me and my family members agree.

Downhill Slide   (3/5)

Really loved these little mysteries when I first started listening. I started at the beginning, but as I’ve gotten to the more recent episodes I’m bored by them. I keep waiting for that little ‘wow’ reveal at the end and it never comes. I miss the twist.

Ads?   (4/5)

I know you need to but why.

It’s great   (5/5)

I really like all the weird history!

Disappointing   (3/5)

It started off really good and is a great concept but now the episodes are extremely lackluster. Find myself disappointed after many episodes these days. There is nothing curious about many of the tales he tells. He creates curiosity in the way he tells the story with the order in which he presents the details to the listeners but once you have the entire story it can lack all curiosity. They may be interesting... but definitely not curious. Forced puns and failed attempts at humor take away from the experience as well. It is also clear that to me from time to time that he doesn’t research his own opinion/beliefs which he inserts into his story telling making it very disappointing and leads me to distrust his research for these “curiosities.”

My Mahnke Fix   (5/5)

This is great. I love the stories and it truly is a cabinet of curiosities

Entertaining for the family   (4/5)

Except my husband says he should lay off the Mr. Peabody-esque puns.

Wish was longer...   (3/5)

First off I do enjoy this show... ...however, I wish the episodes were a bit long... I find myself a lot of the time going...”that’s it?” Which a bit frustrating.....some of the episodes are so short that I’m left wondering what was the point of that one?

Love these nuggets   (5/5)

Aaron is a great communicator and story teller. He can captivate any audience and I love that. Every story has my attention.

A great palate cleanser   (5/5)

I’ve listened since episode 1 and this show is one I look forward to. Most of the podcasts I listen to are 45min - 1 hour long and the stories told here are perfect when I need a break but don’t want to listen to music.

:)   (5/5)

This podcast is fantastic, and I guess I’ll say HI.

One of my favorites!   (5/5)

Love how succinctly and eloquently these stories are crafted. I learn something new every time and nearly always end chuckling. Highly recommend.

Amazing   (5/5)

I love lore but this podcast takes weird and creepy facts to a whole new level. Great podcast!!

What’s up with the ads?   (4/5)

I’ve loved these shows, as well as Lore. Aaron has a nice soothing voice and I listen at night to focus my busy mind before I fall asleep. Then BOOM a loud advertisement blares on. It’s like Pandora. Nah. Thanks, though. Can you just read your own ads?

Love the show   (5/5)

Love the show, the stories and even the puns. lol. All around good

Good content-but. . .   (4/5)

The ads are longer than the episodes. I realize that the ad revenue keeps the podcast going, but 10 minutes of ads in a 15 minute show is a bit excessive.

Read your own ads   (1/5)

Really, a 3rd party ad... if this continues consider me a former listener.

Good show - bad puns   (4/5)

Really interesting and well produced but my god, every time he pauses I brace for the next terrible pun. Not sure if they are ironic and supposed to be bad or what but have to take a star off for that.

I recommend this   (5/5)

I love this podcast I listen to it while I’s like an adventure.

Yup!   (5/5)

A fan of Lore, this is great for listening on quick trips here and there.

Cabinet of Advertisements   (3/5)

Interesting at times, but heavy on the ads. Feels like half of the show.

Great show!   (5/5)

I really enjoy this show and his other show Lore. I’m not crazy about the commercial in the middle but I’ve learned if I hit the skip button the 30 seconds is enough to get passed it and that is literally my only complaint. I really enjoy learning about anything in history and the stranger the better!

Great Storytelling!!   (5/5)

This podcast is really an exercise in excellent story creation— Aaron Mahnke makes even simple events come to life, and draws in your interest with the way he weaves his words. Plus there’s dad jokes! Who doesn’t love a good dad joke?

Content great. Host is awful.   (2/5)

I listen to Lore and Cabinet of curiosities (both of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts.) there are definitely subjects he talks about way to often. (Seriously please take a break from Salem and witch hunts) his puns make me crazy. They’re delivered so dryly and so commonly that I groan every time. I’m starting to get bored with these pod casts as they feel incredibly redundant. Same kind of content, same dull tamber and lifeless delivery of the story. Same music in every episode. And of course ends with a painful pun. Don’t think I’ll listen anymore.

Come for the story-telling stay for the puns.   (5/5)


Thank you!   (5/5)

This podcast and Lore are truly amazing! As a history buff and a mystery feen these shows are music to my ears! Thank you Aaron and your team for your unique creativity, dark mind and hard work 🤙

Commercials in the middle ruin it for me   (3/5)

Commercials in the middle ruin the experience for me

Just Great Stuff   (5/5)

So very interesting and well executed.

Great little vignettes   (5/5)

I started listening on 8/21, I’m on episode 50 and it’s 8/27. These are fun and intriguing little snapshots of weird things.


Very informative! And the host has a great voice and is easy to listen to! Thanks for all of your research and info!!!

Narrator sounds too robotic   (1/5)

I couldn’t get passed the first few minutes of the first episode because the narrator sounds like a robot. I think it’s because he’s trying so hard to enunciate but it ruins the storytelling feel that this series should have.

The World of AM   (5/5)

I listen to all of AM podcasts - I find myself enthralled in history, amazing tales, and Lore. If I had had a history teacher like Aaron I might have retained a little more information. Keep up the good work!

Best ever   (5/5)

Probably one of the best storytellers of this generation. I love his podcasts so much. Keep up the great work Mr. Mahnke.

Exceptional!   (5/5)

As a long time listener of LORE it was a natural evolution to love Cabinet of Curiosities. This show has surprised me and left me wanting more every time. Getting 2 new episodes each week is like a guilty pleasure 🖤

Curiously Captured   (5/5)

Thanks to the Cabinet of Curiosities, my husband surprised our children and me with a visit to the Forestierre Gardens in Fresno, California! Not only did the episode capture my attention enough to share the information with my husband, but it captured his attention as well! The gardens were absolutely spectacular and a sight to behold that I will never forget! Thank you Aaron for helping us realize that we can allow ourselves to feel curious enough to visit one of the many places you have shared through this podcast!

Love it!   (5/5)

Love this so much! I am very into conspiracy theories and creepy stories. I’m only in high school, and it is SUPER hard to find one not rated explicit! Love the variety of topics and the well polished information! Also you, sir, have a very soothing voice! Keep doing what you’re doing!

Bite-sized Ripley's Believe it or Not   (5/5)

Great podcast that's well-researched like a bite-sized edition of Lore. Like Lore, it, too, strikes the balance between intelligent and accessible to a mainstream audience. Thank you!

The best   (5/5)

Great short stories for short drives.

Very interesting   (5/5)

I’m a loyal listener of Lore and started listening to this as well. I love that it’s two shorter stories and is full of interesting historical tidbits. Great podcast.

Cute Concept   (5/5)

While I do prefer the formats of Lore & Unobscured, I am a loyal fan who recognizes that some people do not have the time or attention span for the longer podcasts. This format will allow Aaron to reach new audiences. Overall, this shorter podcast reminds me of the Lore Extras (available on Lore’s Patreon.) I miss the Extras, so I am glad to have these morsels to nibble.

Storytelling at it best!   (5/5)

Most excellent podcast! Storytelling like it once was. The Stroyteller has excellent source material.

Dude. Why?   (1/5)

It’s interesting, but honestly can’t ever nail down what he’s talking about. Why be so cryptic? You could do the same thing in the same amount of time and be straightforward. It’d make waaaaaaay more sense.

Not acceptable   (2/5)

Mahnke’s retweets during the Sword and Scale fiasco did nothing but stoke the mob’s anger. Not defending Boulder, but not supporting Mahnke’s behavior, either. Unsubbed.

From Lore to Here   (5/5)

Hey Aaron, saying hello from the Lore podcast. Your work is so engaging, I especially prefer the stories of the less supernatural. It really shatters my mundane view of the world when I realize just how many curious events have occurred that we overlook or never encounter the mention of. I am very excited to start this one, I hope each episode is based on an curious artifact of some sort. Best of luck to you!

Too short   (2/5)

Short length is annoying and generally don’t understand what the point of the pod cast is until the end of it decent

Love it.   (5/5)

I’m a big fan of Lore and Unobscured. These are great little stories twice a week. I love them; even the dad jokes. Haha.

Interesting but so short!   (4/5)

I really want to love this podcast, but the stories are so short that they always wind up leaving me wanting to know more.

The best 10 min on the net   (5/5)

I love each and every episode. My favorite part is the last line. What pun will it be this time? I starter at the beginning and am only at 100, I hope you keep em coming. Thank you.

Wow   (4/5)

Love it

SWORD AND SCALE!!!!!   (1/5)


Clever, fascinating frequent twists   (4/5)

I end up listening to this week to week. Stories I have never heard that place what I knew to be true in a different light. Well told.

Always reliable   (5/5)

I am a huge fan of all of Aaron’s podcasts! I love his writing style and what a voice! This Cabinet is perfect for my morning commute.

Curiously good   (5/5)

I like this podcast because it is a perfect mini episode! Always interesting and well written.

Micro Lore series   (5/5)

I am obsessed with Lore and wish it was recorded more often, but Cabinet of Curiosities gets me though the dry spells 😎. Hope to see Aaron live in D.C. in November!!!

The perfect bite sized show   (5/5)

This show is the like the hor d'oeuvres to podcasting. The ten minute episodes are the perfect amount to wet your palette to Aaron Mahnke’s storytelling. He is a master storyteller and concisely gets you to dip your toe into the dark and strange histories of the past

No   (1/5)

This. Is. Really. Terrible.

Calming and informative   (5/5)

This show is everything I could ever want. It is sometimes spooky, always informative and always fun! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a little adventure in storytelling.

It makes me laugh?   (5/5)

My daughter and I listen to the show now and make a joke about if Arron tells us the the whole story to tell us the “person” he was talking about was a horse, dog, dolphin or something outlandish. Now that it’s summer when he says his last line we put our sunglasses down and howl like we’re Horatio and it’s the opening murder from csi. Oh, and it’s interesting

Love the little snippets of strange info   (5/5)

Love the speed at which these go and how you place your advertising. You provide just enough detail but keep it short enough to retain the actual information about the crazy things you’re talking about so I can go back and look them up later

Gives my topics of conversation for the day!   (5/5)

I love these little nuggets of knowledge. I’m fortunate enough to have a short commute to work, and this is perfect for the ride. My husband is always impressed with my newfound knowledge! It’s also led me to read deeper on some topics as well. Keep up the good work!

Ads be gone!   (5/5)

Hooray! I have always really liked this podcast but it used to have relatively lengthy ads in the middle of the stories that were really distracting. They are gone!!! Thank you for pulling that off. I just love your story telling.🐝

A good listen while working   (5/5)

I love this podcast! It’s thrilling and makes your curiosity run wild !! The music makes it so fun to listen too!! Also I’m a huge fan of Lore!! Keep up the amazing work.

Awesome!   (5/5)

I have listened and subscribed to all your podcasts. You are a great story teller and enjoy them so much. Thank you!

Ocean commotion   (5/5)

Thank you sooooo much for doing a segment regarding a small part of Fresno, Ca! The underground gardens are a great little spot that tourists can tour & enjoy! Thank you Aaron it’s much appreciated to hear a positive story & interesting story inFresno history!

Intriguing for all ages   (5/5)

My 11-yr-old nephew and I have listened to a lot of the episodes together Andorra one of our favorite ways to pass the time. Thank you!

One of my Faves   (4/5)

Cabinet of Curiosities is one of my favorite podcasts (at least so far, as the episodes progress they can sometimes be less interesting). I prefer it to Aaron Menke’s other two podcasts. As with the others I often have to rewind it, as his voice can easily put me to sleep. I often listen to episodes more than once because of this, and with COC it’s easier to do, as they’re shorter than his other ones. I also like the idea of telling short little anecdotes without really following a storyteller type of format. Many don’t even have endings (which I enjoy) and if you don’t like an episode then at least you didn’t waste much time (as they’re short). That being said I would rather only one or two great episodes a month than two a week, every week, regardless of quality. He’s really saturated the market with his work, which is one of my biggest complaints with him. Overall however I give this show 9 stars out of 10.

It suffers   (2/5)

It could be so much better. Aaron Manke has too much going on and it’s starting to show. This podcast is suffering from it and, even worse, Lore has suffered for it. He obviously no longer has the time to devote to making one quality podcast, let alone two podcasts, books, a less than stellar tv show, and whatever else he is trying to put out. Dude, you really need to back off a bit.

Let Me Tell You About Me   (3/5)

I think Mr. Mahnke has two podcasts that are most interesting. I just I didnt have hear him narrating them. He never fails to remind us that he is the sole producer, researcher, writer and star of both podcasts. I been in the design industry for my entire career and have worked for Warner Bros., Imagineering, to name just two. The words “I” and “Me” are never used because in reality no one works completely alone. So every-time I hear Aaron say “I make another podcast” or “this podcast was done by me” I cringe. At least change wording to “by yours truly “. Mahnke would sound a little less narcissistic. And fyi - no more youtube videos. You are not doing yourself a favor with them. You come across as an arrogant know it all.

So great!   (5/5)

It's like bite-sized Lore! I love getting a great story in a short amount of time for when I'm on a quick drive or doing little chores. I've learned so many cool little facts and I love getting more twice a week!

Short and sweet   (5/5)

10-15 min segments that are packed of fun listening ear candy

American television sound bites   (2/5)

I have tried more than once to listen to this podcast, and each time it is incredibly narrow minded, with an edge of high school spirit to be cool. It sounds like a constant ten second sound bite trying to sell the tellers modern versions of totally old stories. Aaron could do so much better! Use your skills of story for the growth of spiritual tellers of some kind - any kind - other than sensational media.

Joya   (5/5)

Love it , love it , you spur my curiosity. You make me go back to the books and the encyclopedias . Overall , you offer great information on historical moments and minutiae . Good luck 🍀👍

Not as good as his other podcasts   (3/5)

I’m a big fan of Lore and his podcast on the Salem witch trials. This one however is irritating because he ends each story with an awful pun. Plus many of the stories are boring and kind of pointless.

Close the cabinet   (2/5)

Bad puns and less then interesting “random facts”. It’s like the annoying friend who would give you random stories to entertain the group but just leaves everyone with an awkward silence.

Fact Check   (2/5)

I like to listen to this podcast but I notice some of the facts are not accurate. The latest episode, “Swish” it was stated that Pistol Pete went to West Virginia when he actually went to LSU. I am a sports fan so this stood out to me as not being correct.

Wrong   (2/5)

Pete Maravich played for LSU.....not West Virginia....

Like a lot   (5/5)

Enjoy bite-sized feeling of this podcast. Perfect to listen to on a quick drive

Love   (5/5)

Love the puns! And you’ve got a great voice. Thanks for the hours of entertainment! Been a long time subscriber ☺️

So Sad   (1/5)

I listened to this podcast since day one. To bad Aaron’s arrogance cost him another lister. Learn to mind your own business. Some people like a variety of podcasts not just your childish bull crap. See ya

Modern Day Paul Harvey   (5/5)

My son and I love listening to this!!! Your voice is enjoyable and I can’t help but hear Paul Harvey at the end of some of your stories. Thank you for making history fun!!! And Hi!😁

I’m Aaron Mahnke, and this... is puns.   (2/5)

Lore is great, and the Cabinet was decent for a while — but it’s just pun after pun, and phew... I just had to unsubscribe.

Totally bingable!   (5/5)

Yea, I confess, I binged all the episodes (several different times)...but, I’m old and I fall asleep easy! I have a permission slip from my Great-grand-daughter to do so! I just love all the different stories!

Love it   (5/5)

The puns, Aaron. They’re out of control.

Consider looking up pronunciations of words before you broadcast them everywhere   (2/5)

Mercator projection. Pronounced mur-kay-tur, not mur-kuh-tore. Good stuff for the most part, but it’s little things like inaccuracies like this that can make this podcast frustrating to listen to.

Amazing   (5/5)

I’ve never reviewed any podcast before. However, this one had me hooked from the very first episode. Since then I have binged every single one. They are interesting, witty, and informative. As a fan of history I loved learning about things I hadn’t previously been aware of. The length of each episode is perfect letting you have some entertainment during your commute or when you get a little bit of free time. I highly recommend and am looking forward to each new episode.

Throwaway Lore scraps   (2/5)

Title says it all

Really? This is all it is?   (1/5)

Simply put, awful. Easily debunked “facts” that were neat in grade school regurgitated as if the host was creating terrorist propaganda into a tv screen with his life threatened off camera. Simplistic, basic and particularly unentertaining.

Interesting!   (4/5)

Occasionally takes too long to get to the point, but it's quite interesting and short enough for a quick commute.

Great podcast to binge on   (5/5)

Love all of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. The man really does his research, and I appreciate that. While the episodes in this particular podcast are rather short, it’s great to binge on.

Love this podcast and the host!   (5/5)

Thanks for everything you do Aaron!

Jealous?   (1/5)

Sword and scale was 10 times better than anything you’ve EVER done Aaron.

Was a fan   (1/5)

Should had stayed in your own lane..... if easily offended then how did you see his posts and etc? Sounds and looks like you didn’t want competition. Liked your show.... don’t like your actions. Freedom of speech can be a double edged SWORD. Unsubscribed

What a shame   (1/5)

Used to like this pod until I found out who was responsible for the Sword and Scale attack. Aaron Manke has nothing on Mike Boudet and should be ashamed...

Keep em coming!   (5/5)

I greatly enjoy this podcast, and I look forward to new episodes, because I never know what Aaron will cover next. It reminds me of a book I had as a kid of true stories of weird or unsolved phenomena (which I can’t find anywhere, in my house or online). The music can sometimes be a little repetitive (more so in earlier episodes), and I noticed one minor fact was incorrect (Schoenberg died on July 13, 1951 rather than his birthday in September 1950), but other than that it’s perfect. Ignore the haters. If you love Lore or truth that’s stranger than fiction, give this podcast a try!

Genius   (5/5)

Aaron is a genius and his podcast style is like none other. He has excellent content and is very interesting in his story telling that makes you feel a part of the story.

Poor little Guy   (1/5)

I think Aaron was triggered. Grow a pair and mind your own podcast.

This guy..   (1/5)

Can Aaron Mahnke be any more annoying?! Seriously, who listens to this crap.

You are a jerk   (1/5)

Mind your own business and stop trolling other podcasts.

Nope   (1/5)

Sword and Scale is so much better.

I will no longer listen   (1/5)

Mind your own business, I’ve lost respect for you and will no longer listen to your shows. GO MIKE!


absolutely one of my favorite podcasts! I always look forward to Aaron’s podcasts!!! I also love his presentation and storytelling technique!!! Keep up the good work and don’t change a thing! Unless it’s making more!!!

Well researched and entertaining!   (5/5)

This show is fantastic and I love how well ressearched Aaron Mahnke's stories are. This is a must if you love the unusual and intriguing.

Fantastic, entertaining and educational   (5/5)

The amount of research put into each episode is beyond impressive. Thank you for taking the time to bring some entertaining and educational content to my day. Keep it up.

Annoying   (1/5)

This guy is so annoying. His voice. The way he talks. And he’s dramatic and tries to start drama with other successful podcasts and get them cancelled. Why would you take someone’s job away from them? Get a life.

Ads make me sad   (2/5)

The ads ruin the mood, for these very short stories.

Censorship is wrong!!   (1/5)

I am unsubscribing for all of Aaron Manke’s podcasts. I advise you to do the same. We can not condone a few to make the decisions of what the masses can listen to. Who died and made you the PMRC? I am an adult, capable of making my own decisions, thank you very much. I CHOOSE to listen to Sword and Scale, and sometimes Monstruo. Both are adult themed, as I am well aware, and I CHOOSE to listen. On occasion, I have been known to stop listening to an episiode of Monstruo, because I thought it was too intense. It is my right to make that decision, not yours. So, GET YOUR GRUBBY HANDS OUTTA MY EARS!! P.S. if I subscribed to Undisclosed, I would unsubscribe from it to. Rabia Chaudry is Aaron Manke’s partner in grime!

Sjw d bag   (1/5)

Thanks for getting sword and scale cancelled d-bag..just remember because karma is a mutha..and the virtue signaling your doing goes both ways..just wait till it happens to you..I’m unsubscribing

Lame!!!   (1/5)

Super lame

Your censorship isn’t appreciated   (1/5)

Deleting this podcast. This lowlife is using his influence to drive other good podcasts off the air by petitioning their sponsors. Aaron mahnke, I don’t need you to protect me, I can choose my podcasts on my own. Pity to see this holier than thou attitude affect multiple podcasts that I enjoyed listening to, including Aaron’s, but I won’t support the mental midget trying to censor my listening choices.

No longer a fan   (1/5)

I am incredibly disappointed in Aaron in being the catalyst for Sword and Scale to lose its sponsors. You should be ashamed of yourself and I wish your parents taught you to mind your own business and to just ignore things people do or say that you do not agree with. I will tell anyone and everyone i know to not subscribe to anything he contributes to.

For the easily offended   (1/5)

Done with the podcast

Pass   (1/5)

Content isnt’t interesting the narrator’s voice got old.

Unfair actions.   (1/5)

Due to the actions of the host of this podcast I am unsubscribing. Stay in your lane.

Great for sleeping   (1/5)

I highly recommend this podcast for anyone struggling with insomnia. It's not as effective as white noise or rain storm sound effects, but the topics are really uninteresting and will have you dozing off in no time.

Boring   (1/5)

I can read. If I want a retelling of already known stories, I can go to the library.

As advertised   (5/5)

Fascinating little tidbits about odd and offbeat history. For those of you old enough to remember Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story", this is pretty much a modern version of it. Highly reccommended!

Best ever   (5/5)

Perfect podcast when you need to just dive in. I love Aaron’s voice and presentation. Well researched and entertaining.

Sword and scale   (1/5)

As much as I’ve enjoyed this, I can’t support something that belittles others content to the level that this author/producer has. That’s completely opposed in opposition to the entire point of this media, AND extremely near sighted in this instance. Mike and Sword and Scale were brilliant and wrongly villain-ized!

Free Speech is Dead!   (1/5)


Tisk! Tisk!   (1/5)

Aaron I’m so sad to hear what you did to Sword and Scale and Monstruo. They both were very good and informative Podcasts. I learned a lot from them. I have to unsubscribe from your Podcasts because I can’t support bullies.

Can’t stand censorship   (1/5)

Will have to stop listening since silencing others is your new norm.

This stinks   (1/5)

Aaron Mahnke you’re a talented writer and I have enjoyed your podcast. With this being said you have personally attacked two of my favorite podcasts on this platform. You have used tactics to have their shows silenced and removed from the platform because of a post on social media . What you are doing is not helping common discourse in the slightest. I can no longer support your show because you are against free speech and suppress the voices of those who have an opposing opinion other than yours.

Learn to read scripts fluidly...   (1/5)

This guy. Talks. like. this. It’s really. annoying. In case it isn’t clear because of my punctuation, he puts pauses in the middle of sentences for no apparent reason. His narration Has absolutely no rhythm or flow. It made it so I couldn’t listen to any of his podcast. Lore is the same way.

Boycott   (1/5)

Was a huge fan I purchased books attended your live shows but after the sword and scale crap I’m done sir.

Goodbye   (1/5)

very disappointed. Sad

High hopes   (4/5)

I think I had my hopes too high for this podcast. It’s still entertaining and I enjoy listening every week, but it’s just not what I expected. Also, it seems like the ads are longer than the actual podcast content. Super annoying.

Perfect for my family   (5/5)

Sometimes the kids don’t have enough of an attention span for the longer Lore episodes that I LOVE! These are perfect for them in the car! So much fun.

Easy to listen to   (5/5)

I find the music and Aaron’s voice quite soothing in this world of harsh, fast paced noise. It does have an almost digitized quality to it...but I still like it. The music is great too.

Uncommon little tales   (5/5)

Lots of tiny stories about odd things. Everything is in nice small bites.

Horrible person.   (1/5)

I used to subscribe to the podcast and loved it. However I disagreed with him on something political and he attacked me verbally on twitter. Unsubscribes to both his podcasts. Will never listen or read anything from him again.

You’re an amazing story teller   (5/5)

If you want to gain knowledge - listen to these short stories. Well done Aaron!

Get Mahnke Into a 12 Step Program   (4/5)

I love this podcast, but the puns are out of control.

Choppy. Choppy. Choppy.   (1/5)

Loved the short-form aspect of this, and the concept sounded awesome. I found the execution a lacking. This sounds like one of those automated youtube videos with a robot-conspiracy-theory-voice. Hope Aaron can rework the tone and build this up a bit. I can't comment on the content because I was so distracted by the tone.

Small Chunks of Cool Trivia   (5/5)

This is a great way to fill 10 minutes, especially for those of us who love random trivia and/or who fondly remember Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story.”

One of my favorites   (5/5)

I love listening to this podcast in the car. It’s great.

It’s Not Supposed to be That, People   (4/5)

It’s like tiny pieces of Lore, thrown out there to get you thinking and Googling for yourself. Some things it’s something I’m aware of and others I can jump down rabbit hole to satisfy my curiosity. As for being a “rip off” of The Box of Oddities it just isn’t. There are lots of podcasts within genres, that doesn’t make them rip offs.

Another Ego Stroking Fest of Half Truths from Mahnke   (1/5)

Aaron Mahnke never forgets to let you know just how thankful you should be for his existence and how successful you’ve made him by choosing to take his word at face value. This podcast is just a shorter version of Lore. That is to say, this is just another one of his podcasts full of odd or spoopy things or happenings with information he presents as absolute fact that frequently, at best, are half true, cannot be proven to be true, are literally just ‘lore’, or he has pulled out of thin air, and that, if he did get from anywhere, he likely just gleaned from a cursory Wikipedia read. As others have mentioned in their reviews, as with all Mahnke presentations, his scripts are stilted and insufferable to listen to thanks to the locations in which he pauses and his overall delivery. The minute long ad in the middle of an at the absolute best 10min podcast totally takes you out of the podcast, and it takes up much too long of the overall time, especially given that average eps are about 8.5min, with about 1min for an ad and 1-1.5min at close for Mahnke’s ego stroking, leaving only about 6min to cover two entire topics, which is ludicrous. Add a chime or move the add to the end with the ego stroke. Loads of other content creators sign off in a similar way to Mahnke without managing to sound nearly a tenth as self aggrandizing as he does, and the crazy thing is that it’s been pointed out to him repeatedly and he doesn’t care how it makes him sound (Phoebe Judge comes to mind, a very humble sign off). Despite dozens of attempts to listen to both Lore and now CoC, I’ve decided to stop trying to make this work for me. This is a hard pass for me. On the upside, I’m glad I read others reviews here and saw Mahnke’s also a rip off artist and I now have a listening suggestion for the podcast from which he stole the idea from, so there’s that!

Short, informative and a fun listen   (5/5)

Aaron’s style for storytelling is why I subscribed to this podcast. His story formula is well organized and thought out. He has a clear and comfortable voice and he tells his stories with such a playful tone, not one bit mundane. I have learned a lot of interesting facts from this podcast, some I never knew, about significant historic figures and I am glad of the brevity of these quick blurbs. If I want to find out more I can take what I learn and dig deeper myself. While I do enjoy a longer story on a regular basis this is something worthwhile that fits into short spots of time without getting too involved with something longer. I look forward to every episode.

Amazing concept   (5/5)

Love this podcast!!! Amazing and always interesting. Amazing job Aaron 👍🏼

A shallow dip in an ocean of information   (1/5)

Pretentious and boring. Fantastic idea ruined by constant reminders of his game and glory. The podcast starts with an interesting story but ends before he bothers to tell too much. It’s the equivalent of reading a buzzfeed headline. The intro and outro take up half the podcast, it seems and somehow he fits in a one to two minute long ad. It is embarrassing and not worth your time.

One of my faves   (5/5)

What a voice! I could listen to Aaron reading from a cookbook.

It’s mostly another venue for ads   (1/5)

The “meat” of the podcast is too small to be interesting. The eps are just snippets of story to support another venue for ads. I was a huge fan of Lore and the first season of the show on Amazon but Mahnke just keeps putting out new podcasts, etc with his name attached that have gotten away from what the original fans enjoyed just to have a platform to support copious ads. His offerings aren’t about the content anymore.

So Intriguing!   (5/5)

I love this show! It’s so intriguing and leaves me thinking about how we perceive life. LOVE 🥰

Hello comment is here   (5/5)

Guys try this again because from the time I have posted this review he really does listen to your reviews I can tell he is really trying to not pause and he has gotten really good at it so please just listen to the latest episodes

Bite-Sized Weirdness   (3/5)

A short-form Podcast about the strange, unusual, and unexplained. Like Lore, but for people in a hurry.

The speech patterns aren’t the issue   (3/5)

Aaron’s Shatner-esque delivery is not a distraction until someone easily distracted rails about it in an online review. Otherwise, the hesitant cadence pairs well with the beautiful and unsettling instrumental backing, a dramatic effect better suited for his longer podcasts. Unfortunately this is the same haunting storytelling method best and first utilized to tell upsetting, engrossing and illuminating little-known stories of days past on The Memory Palace. I do enjoy Manke podcasts but Nate DiMeo deserves the career Aaron has. Alas, one of these guys does a better job of self promotion than the other so I make sure to give credit (and my yearly donation) where it’s rightfully due.

Episode length   (1/5)

Intro and Ads longer than the episodes themselves

Love this   (5/5)

Bite size snippets of history! I love love love this podcast! I just think your great Aaron

Amazing!   (5/5)

I love this podcast, I’ve been into horror for a little while and your podcasts give me chills every time and I love it! Keep making you podcasts😁

Great show   (5/5)

It’s always great stories and perfect for when I don’t have enough time for a full podcast Thanks Aaron

Story binge-ing   (4/5)

My after school commute or drive around is always better with your podcast! I love learning of random stories and coincidences that happen in the world. I feel like we forget how un-ordinary life can be, with your stories it just brings a thoughtful time, laugh or even perspective. Thank you for your research, time and being able to share it with us all! Simple and even thought some I’ve heard, there’s more information with yours and a backstory which is awesome.

Everything you love about lore   (4/5)

But shorter! Awesome for busy people. I stopped listening to lore but I never miss an episode of cabinet. The ads are a substantial percentage, but they aren’t actually that long.

I like this, it’s so entertaining!   (4/5)

I really like lore and was recently introduced to this. I like the narration of the stories but the adds aren’t my favorite. But overall, it’s a great podcast to listen to with so many weird and wonderful stories!

I like these   (5/5)

They are a quick listen for times when I'm running errands or such. As always, Mr. Mahnke is a wonderful storyteller. Some of the stories intrigue me, and I want to know more. I like this, because it pushes me to do my own research.

Decent Podcast   (4/5)

I like this podcast- and I appreciate the shorter story format. My only complaint is minor... each show ends with a “Dad joke” style pun that makes me cringe. I will continue to listen, though. 😉

Interesting   (5/5)

This podcast is very interesting and enjoyable.i love that it is clean and clever! I read a few other reviews of this podcast and I was shocked how rude and shallow they were.... but I ended up listening to the box of oddities... or something like that and it was crude and just annoying.

A must Listen   (5/5)

Great podcast, well researched.

Another great podcast from Aaron Mahnke!   (5/5)

Cabinet of Curiosities quickly became one of my favorite podcasts! All of the great quality of Aaron Mahnke’s other podcasts, but in a shorter format. I always feel like I’m getting a glimpse behind a curtain that piques my curiosity (pun intended) about whatever the topic is, and the great thing is that if I want to learn more, I can do my own research. Mahnke is amazing at the “mic drop” ending and I am almost always surprised by the reveal at the end. I usually listen while walking and have stopped in my tracks more than once because of how coincidental (or is it?...) some of the stories are!

Our Family Loves this Podcast   (5/5)

This podcast is super interesting and bite-sized, so we can listen to one even on short rides!

Addicted!   (5/5)

This podcast is so entertaining, I can’t stop listening! Aaron Mahnke is a great storyteller. I also like how quick the stories are, so if you don’t have time for a full length podcast, it’s the perfect length. Love it and recommend it to everyone!

Good podcast   (5/5)

I listen to it for the wonderfully awful puns at the end of each story.

Not up to the lore standard   (1/5)

Really enjoy both lore and unobscured but this format just leaves me wanting more detail. Too many ad breaks vs content as well. Please focus more on in depth podcasts like unobscured.

Love these little snippet!   (5/5)

It’s cool to hear these little stories that don’t necessarily need a full deep dive full podcast, and just quick little connections. Keep it up!

Dad jokes rock   (5/5)

Thanks for the puns/“dad” jokes. I enjoy this as well as your other pod casts!

Too short   (1/5)

MUCH prefer his Lore podcast. These are way too short, especially given intro and ads. Would prefer seeing these integrated into Lore—maybe combine two (or three) with similar themes? I give Lore “5 Stars”.

Just a quickie   (5/5)

Lovin all of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. Cabinet of Curiosities may be 10”-15” short—just enough to squeeze in a quick podcast before sleep 😴

!!!   (5/5)

hell yeah! I enjoy that this is long enough for me to listen to it on the way to my bus stop, yeet. plus I really enjoy the little bit of spooky history I can research more on later. —Kieran McKenzie

A Decent Interlude   (2/5)

My history prof used to start class by reading from a book by Paul Harvey that used this exact conceit in this podcast. Mahnke presents unfamiliar information about a seemingly unknown person, then later reveals that person is someone who is actually familiar or even well-known, either to history or simple celebrity. However, for someone who makes a living doing both intense research and public speaking, one would think Mahnke would at some point also learn the correct pronunciation of any names or words unfamiliar to him. He does not.

A quick snippet of history to go   (5/5)

I’ve been a Lore fan for quite some time and these small bites of info/trivia are wonderful between running errands or on road trips. Definitely would recommend to friends and family.

Amazing stores and an amazing host.   (5/5)

I’m not sure what is better. The great stories that make me laugh, fascinated me or just make me say WOW! Or the hosts amazing voice and delivery. I love this show.

Quick and good   (5/5)

Short. Sweet. My favorite type. I’ve been a fan of Lore for four years. Since the beginning. If you also like Aaron and find his voice comforting then try it. It’s quick little visits. Interesting stuff.

Fun Facts, Fast Pace!   (5/5)

I love this podcast because it conveys very brief, yet interesting stories… Many of which I had never heard of! If you are looking for short story fun that tickles the mind this is it!

I liked Lore, but not this   (1/5)

This feels too self indulgent. Every topic is either given no fun information to maintain *mystery* or super mundane things are presented as big deals. No fun at every turn.

One of the best   (5/5)

My son and I REALLY enjoy listening to your podcast. You put out information that is very interesting, conversation starters and in a short amount of time. Thanks for the work you do, from a Loyal listener.

Love Aaron Manhke but wish this was longer   (4/5)

I love the idea and Aaron, I just wish these were a little bit longer!

Bullied by podcast   (5/5)

I wish I could enjoy a podcast that doesn’t try to cram a global warming meme down your throat. This isn’t that podcast

Awesome   (5/5)

Is this show short? Yes it is. However that is the only issue. It is a great show. I love it and you will to.

Generally enjoyable   (3/5)

It’s generally an interesting listen. Too short for the number of times we hear the theme music, and sometimes factually a little inaccurate, but somewhat entertaining nevertheless.

Advertisement   (1/5)

Advertising. Advertisers. Advertisement. Ad. Ad. Ad. Advertisement. Ad.

My Favorite Podcast   (5/5)

From Lore to this!. Evoking a specific feeling, flawless vocal delivery, captivating suspense, great music. Aaron made a hobby into a thoroughly artful occupation, much respect to that as well. Thank you Aaron for all you do.

A Great Bunch of Tidbits by Aaron Mahnke   (5/5)

A delightful assortment of short yet complete quirky stories about the world. The ads are annoying but tis the life of podcasters who need money. Each story has a beginning and end that is short and has enough to intrigue. It's a tiny version of the great storytelling that comes out of Lore.

Short But Sweet   (5/5)

Again Aaron makes a wonderful podcast.

Inspired topics beg for a more in-depth podcast to no avail   (3/5)

If you’re looking for a podcast to listen to on a commute or while you multitask, there are a plethora of options out there. This show is excellent. Or it could be. This show could fit the aforementioned bill. But it doesn’t. The topics and themes are relatively well thought out, and you can tell that Aaron Mahnke is knowledgeable, and both are key to a successful podcast. That said, this podcast is the equivalent to Googling something and reading the few bits of preview text instead of clicking a search result and reading the article linked. Topics are always interesting, but the short episode format does only a disservice to them all. The quality of podcast is great, but if you’re looking for something to whet your appetite for knowledge, this unfortunately isn’t the pod you’re looking for. Oh how I wish it were! That said if you like Snapple Facts in an audio form, this might be for you.

Perfect for a short commute!   (5/5)

I love long podcasts, but when my commute is often a mere 15 minute walk, I hate starting and stopping podcast episodes. These brief podcast episodes are perfect for my short commute. I’ve seen some reviewers upset by the short episodes and “lack of information.” If anything, Aaron Mahnke offers tidbits of information that peek my interest enough to make me want to do more research on my own. Keep up the good work!

Well done   (5/5)

Took an episode or two to get the concept. Ultimately, very well done. Good stories, great writer. Always a good time when the last line gives you goosebumps. If you’re not sure, give it a few episodes. He’s got a talent.

I actually enjoyed this!   (1/5)

Then I read the reviews and found out it was a stolen idea. Looked up box of oddities and now I enjoy that much more than this or lore. This podcast is 10% stolen content and 90% self promotion. No thanks! Anyway thanks for introducing me to something better.

Poorly crafted   (1/5)

These brief stories are hard to follow without a corresponding webpage showing the items discussed.

Asome   (5/5)

It’s asome story’s advertisements are ok 10/10

Lore Snippets   (5/5)

When I don’t have time for a half hour podcast, Cabinet is fantastic because of its amazing short stories.

Love it!   (5/5)

More fantastic tales from Aaron, bite size for easy listening. Interesting, bizarre, and a dash of humor.

Short but fun   (5/5)

A great podcast for short trips or when I only have a few minutes and don’t want to cut off a longer story

Fun short stories   (5/5)

A great podcast of short stories. Quite well done. Perfect if you don’t want a long involved listen. Highly recommended 😊

A short walk to the mailbox   (5/5)

It's just a short snippet of a story, but I still enjoy it. That and his voice is always calming.

Hans was a horse   (1/5)

Haha very clever Mahnke

Min   (5/5)

Come on

Wizard of Oz   (1/5)

You said that Roger Bolger played the Scarecrow. It was actually RAY Bolger. And now my belief in your stories has been truly shaken!

Its perfect to me   (5/5)

I’m not sure why there’s all the hate. I mean, it’s not even a rip off of the box of oddities. I really enjoy this podcast more than the box of oddities, there’s way less rambling here. I just think these are interesting short stories, even if there’s a lot of advertising. It’s also nice background noise.

Wish it was more like Lore   (4/5)

While I love Lore and I enjoy how “bite-sized” these podcasts are, I do wish that some of these would be explained in more detail or have more in common with each other. (I also wish it wasn’t the same stupid ad every time! I’m a teenager! I have no money!) That being said, I like the way they are (sometimes) juxtaposed well and that they keep me interested and curious about times in history I know very little about.

I like this   (5/5)

I love this bite-size podcast, a good contrast to the many hour-plus pods I listen to. Well-written, well-executed. Clearly, in early July, somebody told people to come here and pretend that it’s a bad podcast. It’s not. It’s solid. Cheers, Curiosities Guy.

Bite-sized and delicious   (5/5)

I LOVE this series. I’m a busy mom who is constantly running, so when I do get the opportunity to listen to a full podcast, I do a happy dance. I don’t have time to listen to something for hours. Who does? Cabinet of Curiosities gives me a little spooky mystery or something to mull over, in a delicious bite-sized chunk.

Too little   (2/5)

I Like the concept of this, but it’s too short. Maybe one story in 9min? But just... it all happens too fast. I’ve been listening to a bunch of these trying to clear out my downloads and when you hear a bunch of them in a row you can really see the holes in this and the ways the stories fail to fit together a lot of the time.

A.M. is King   (5/5)

LOVE Lore and now this?! A podcast that supplies me with the creepy stories of history AND allows me to be my ADHD self? Aaron Mahnke is the king of podcasts. So grateful for his silly puns (but not puns, right?), his simple yet effective story telling, and his creativity. Thank you for showing us this side of history. If history class was anything like this I would have been a historian...

Confused   (4/5)

Sometimes I get a bit confused as to the point of the episode. There’s and intro and then BOOM the end. Well what was the point of giving that info? 😩. However, I loooove LORE, I’ll stick to that.

I wish they were longer......   (3/5)

I am a big fan of Lore & have been for awhile, I sometimes feel like the Lore episodes should be a bit longer. These mostly leave me wanting more. I love Aaron’s voice it’s so soothing. I am subscribed to both & listen faithfully. Even when left often feeling unfulfilled.....😔

Quirky   (5/5)

Love the punny stories

Fire   (5/5)

This podcast is amazing I don’t understand the negative reviews. If you haven’t yet, check it out.

Brilliant and interesting!   (5/5)

Another genius idea from Aaron. Can’t wait to see what else he comes up with next!

Boring   (1/5)

Interesting concept, good music, only a handful of stories worth your time. The rest are just weird history that as a history fan, made me snore. Pass.

Amazing!   (5/5)

I think this podcast is so informative on things you had never heard of! Random, it extremely interesting! Love it... keep it coming!

Stop the comparisons   (5/5)

to Box of Oddities. These are two entirely different kinds of shows. If you want something longer then listen to Lore. Box of Oddities is over 30 minutes and is a discussion show about unique topics. Cabinet of Curiosities is short trivia-like episodes told in a story narrative. Most of these topics don't have any more information- if they did he would've made a Lore episode about it. These are meant to be a short listen- think of it like a short mental health break in the middle of you're day. If you must compare it to another show then Mike Rowes' The Way I Heard It is more appropriate, but that podcast is not about the strange and paranormal. Oh and don't listen to those saying they don't like his voice- I think it definitely adds to the stories. This guy is an amazing storyteller, has two other podcasts, written multiple books AND has an Amazon show.

Too Short. Stick to Lore   (1/5)

Lore is so much better. This podcast hardly provides even an intro to its topics

Love It   (5/5)

A more historic version, with creative and entertaining story telling, another amazing podcast by Aaron mahnke.

Fiction is fact   (5/5)

I love this podcast probably more than the original Lore since the stories are so bite-sized and self-contained. I dare anyone who doesn’t believe in coincidence and fate to listen to several of these episodes and justify that they are purely random occurrences. I’m still working through the episodes from July, but it’s already astounding to learn the back stories of famous authors like Poe and Conan Doyle and also the creepy AF connections between the Lincoln and JFK assassinations. Lincoln even saw JFK’s funeral in a dream!

Love it!   (5/5)

A quick and easy listen with fascinating stories! I am an avid listener of Lore and Unobscured, so this podcast is the perfect bridge and gives me a quick fix of unique stories through the week. Keep up the good work!

Give it time   (5/5)

The format is much different than Lore and I was a little confused when I left it playing on my bluetooth speaker while cooking. I stopped and played it again later that night and finally understood that more of my attention was required due to the short length of each topic. Most of the stories so far end with a common / uncommon saying paired with the story and its a nice touch. I suspect these are ideas he had for Lore but couldn't fully flesh out. Still very enjoyable. Keep up the hard work!

Too short!!!   (3/5)

Fascinating topics, but the extremely short stories are frustrating. I love this other podcasts, but this one leaves me disappointed.

Cabinet of Dad Jokes   (5/5)

I love this podcast but, my God, the Dad joke at the end... grooooooan.

Always fun   (5/5)

An enjoyable and concise teller of interesting history. Warning can lead to fun deeper dives into topics.

I love it   (5/5)

Arron minke is a genius it has the twist without the long wait

Interesting short stories   (4/5)

I enjoy the short stories and often am looking up further details afterwards. Yeah, the ads are annoying especially since each episode is short. But I still enjoy listening.

It's great but   (4/5)

Unfortunately when you have such a short runtime, the ads feel annoying. I know Aaron has to do what he has to do and I still love these little bites of curiosities but... it's no Lore.

Fun   (5/5)

Very fun and very short, this well written short is perfect for brief inspiration or momentary distraction. Aaron Mahnke is becoming famous for good reason: he is fantastic at what he does.

Thrilled   (5/5)

I love this short rewarding podcast! Every one has twists and reminds one to be aware of the mysterious parts of life. ☺️

Disappointed   (1/5)

If you’re going to tell an interesting story it may take more than 4 to 8 minutes. Why can’t the segments be a few minutes longer? I’m willing to listen a bit longer for a good story and I think most people would too. Hopefully helpful advice as I like the premise of this podcast.

So fun to listen to   (5/5)

Learning something new in each episode. I was super surprised and loved listening to the episode about the Hmong soldiers and their nightmares. Can’t believe it was the inspiration for the cult classic. Started listen to Lore and bought a bunch of night lights.

His vocal cadence reminds me of a robot   (1/5)

I couldn't make it through one episode because I was so busy trying to figure out if I was listening to a human voice or the robotic voice that calls me from the library to tell me my book-on-hold is available.

Can’t get enough of this show   (5/5)

I love everything about this show. Part of me wishes they were longer but part of me loves the current length. I always have to do additional research on the subjects afterwards which isn’t a bad thing. Very entertaining.

Great   (5/5)

Another great podcast from Arron Mahnke

Great   (5/5)

Interesting, even though stuff gets left out for the sake of the narrative.

I can’t believe how disappointing this is   (1/5)

I love everything Aaron does and was so excited for this podcast. I can’t believe how disappointing it is. He presents something interesting and then tells you nothing about it. It’s like reading only the the first sentence in a book. This is a very poorly done podcast

Wonderful Storytelling   (5/5)

I love the way he builds the stories, leaving out just the right detail to keep you in the dark until the last minute. I listen with my sister and it's become a game to try and guess who or what event he's telling the story about before the end. It was a little strange at first because each story is only about 4-5 minutes long and at first I was like, wait this is it? Once I listened to a few episodes though, I understood the flow and execution of the podcast and could enjoy it! I'm a huge fan and listen to all his podcasts, read his books and watch the Lore show. I just love everything he does!

Worst. Delivery. Ever.   (4/5)

The host’s cadence is annoying. Glad the ads are now announced. Episodes too short. Gotta unsub, too bad I was looking forward to this. Edit: I was wrong. 2 stars to 4. I love this nite sized treat now.

More Mahnke, Please!   (5/5)

I love everything Aaron Mahnke creates. Form and length don’t matter. They’re all masterfully crafted and just plain fun! After binging through Lore and Unobscured I’m exploring Cabinet of Curiosities, and though short, they’re each a bit of joy. Thank you, Aaron. Your stories are much appreciated. Keep them coming, please! ~Michael McBride, Spring Lake, Michigan.

Eh   (1/5)

Stick with Lore, this is garbage. Also Aaron, if you read these, crack open a thesaurus, your overuse of ‘it seems’ and ‘you see’ is very unbecoming of a story teller.

Ah, Aaron Mahnke   (5/5)

I love Lore. I love Stuff You Missed in History Class. However, they’re both 30-40 minutes per show. This, however, is the perfect thing to listen to on my 10-12 minute drive to work. History. Aaron’s way of telling stories. All wrapped up in a little bow. And I get to say “Did you know...” when I greet my fellow math teachers as we get started for the day. Thanks, Aaron! Keep sharing more stories :-)

Enjoy it alot but 1 recent issue.   (5/5)

Love Lore, love this. Many people complain about how short it is but I enjoy the format. Great for short drives to and from work, school or wherever. The topics are great and varied and often leaving me interested to learn more. Latest episode ‘Losing Sleep’ has 1 big issue though, the H in Hmong is not pronounced. Was excited when I realized where he was going but died when I heard ‘Hu-mong’. Research team has to catch errors as simple as that!

A Modern Day Paul Harvey   (5/5)

Growing up, my dad would listen to Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story”. This is a modern take on the format, where Aaron tells you a story you haven’t heard before, and reveals at the end that it was the story behind the scenes of someone or something we all have heard of.

Lack of care   (1/5)

Listening to him say Hmong wrong so many times in the podcast made me think he’s not trying or taking this seriously.

Open Up a New World   (5/5)

Aaron has created another amazing show, one that you can easily listen to in your spare time. Why? Because each episode is only about 10 minutes long. It’s a little treat in my day, a unique reprieve from any hustle and bustle, and it is filled with real life curiosities that stimulate imagination.

As always, AARON MAHNKE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!   (5/5)

This podcast, as well as his two other podcasts, is AWESOME! It is very entertaining and interesting, and never swears or explains anything bad. It is an amazing podcast and I think that anyone who loves Lore should listen to this.

Love it !   (5/5)

Great short episodes that give you enough information to be fascinated

Short and sweet   (5/5)

I love lore, and these bizarre little snacks of great nonfiction stories really hit the spot!

Too many ads   (4/5)

Really great short stories but geez, it’s seems like I watching tv where you get a couple minutes of good stuff and then a whole lotta minutes of ads!! I’d rather pay to listen and avoid all the talk pushing whatever cra..stuff they’re selling!

A Perfect Treat   (5/5)

This short-form podcast is the perfect companion to LORE. If you like strange and sometimes creepy tales, but are short on time, here's exactly what you need. In the vein of Paul Harvey, Mahnke delivers a delightful peek into the mysterious world we live in.

Excellent   (5/5)

I really enjoy this podcast, it’s the perfect little in between for lore and unobscured and a great mysterious supplement to my work days. Most of the stories I have never heard before and it gives me something to think about.

a mixed bag   (4/5)

How does Aaron Mahnke have the time to develop so many projects? This one is more disjointed than lore. The pacing and presentations of the story breaks and ads means I'm never sure if the episode is ending or just taking a break. And that's actually kinda unsettling!

Love these short stories   (5/5)

My boys and I love CoC! Short tales told really well. Can’t get enough!

Loving this podcast!   (5/5)

I was already a fan of Lore, but I just recently found out about this one, and it's great! I love the short format, it gives me an option for when I have a little less time or a little less focus. And the best part is that it is every bit as high-quality as Lore. Thank you for creating yet another excellent podcast!

This show is infuriating   (1/5)

Cabinet of Curiosities, huh? So each episode is going to focus on unique objects? Nope! The podcast should have been called Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Coincedences, because that's literally all the podcast is about. Well, either coincedences, or stories where he tells you about someone BUT only their first name. And thenacts like WHAT A TWIST when he drops the last name at the end and it turns out to be a famous person. Lore is decent, but I'm done here.

Curiouser and Curiouser   (5/5)

I commend Aaron Mahnke on his creativity and work ethic. I could listen to him read my grocery list. In the case of ‘Cabinet’, the stories are short and ambiguous enough for me to WANT to know more. I do research after my listening and I learn about these weird moments in history that no one really mentions. The length of these shows make for a delightful binge listening experience. I feel like I’m being sent to another plane, being let in on a little secret. I look forward to all things Mahnke.

Transporting   (5/5)

Seriously, though - Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities transports you (or at least me) into something akin to one of those dusty old shops/oddity museums the likes of which feature in H.G. Wells stories. Mr. Mahnke takes you on a tour of the weird, improbable, and seemingly impossible, all with that wonderful conversational style of story-telling that makes Lore and Unobscured so charming. The brief snippets he gives are much like the plaques you find in front of museum displays, and are perfect if you don't have time to really enjoy the longer, more in-depth episodes of his other podcasts. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself. I'm sure you'll be as charmed and entranced as I have been.

A little story-snack for your day   (5/5)

I’ve been a big fan of Aaron and Lore so when this new podcast came out (and with twice weekly episodes?!) I was pumped! Amazing story telling, interesting topics. A+ to Aaron! He’s done it again!

So much fun   (5/5)

I love the stories Aaron finds and I am always eagerly awaiting the next episode!

Fun content, horrible delivery   (1/5)

I’m a big fan of Lore but unfortunately I really dislike this new podcast from Aaron Mahnke. I hate the set up of the podcast because you constantly have to fiddle with fast forwarding through the ads between the two short stories, which makes it sort of impossible to binge listen unless you want half of the content you’re taking in to be the same ads over and over. But what I really don’t like is the stories are all punchline and no explanation. There’s no added commentary for these wildly outrageous stories and, as far as I can tell, no links to his sources for listener investigation. The content is interesting, but the setup is just not up to par. Love Lore, love Unobscured, love Aaron, but this podcast just falls short sadly.

Wonderful short stories   (5/5)

If you are like me and grew up with Paul Harvey, you will love this podcast. Short yet very entertaining. The length is great for a quick mental break at work.

AMAZING!   (5/5)

CoC is truly amazing! It’s short, sweet and to the point!! I love how open ended most are, it allows for my imagination to take over!

Nothing Curious about Excellence   (5/5)

I’ve been a fan of the Lore podcast for about a year now, and I was very excited to hear that Aaron was producing another. This is the perfect bite-sized podcast if you want a little mystery in your day. I love Aaron’s story-telling and how he always leaves you with a last line that will give you goosebumps and a chill up your spine. I highly recommend and in addition, if you haven’t listened to Lore, you’re not living your best life.

Thank you for keeping me awake.   (5/5)

I am throughly intrigued by every episode! I have listened and watched every episode of Lore, and listened to every episode of Cabinet of Curiosities! I love listening while I’m working my tedious job during the graveyard shift. Thank you for keeping me awake! I am a fan for sure! - Joy O.

So good   (5/5)

I am a huge fan of this podcast. I am have gotten a lot out of my time listening. I am looking forward to more episodes.

The Ad break is painful   (1/5)

The content is interesting, a teaser of Lore-related stories that perhaps don't fit within wider Lore episodes, but having the same 30 second intro with 3 min of content followed by 4 min of ads only to close with 1 min of content is brutal. You can't listen to the episodes back to back without going insane from hearing about RX bars and audible - it makes me hate the sponsored products and not want to continue with the episodes because they're honestly not worth the time. Recommendations: increase episode length to at least 12 min of content (unrelated topics are fine), just make the content worth it to put up with the barrage of advertising. Also, instead of the same ad messaging (which gets old quickly), consider recommending specific audible reads related to the podcast (like other podcast erst) or even talking about different RX bar flavors because we can only hear about the legendary coffee chocolate for so long...

What’s up w/ his voice?   (1/5)

The way the guy speaks is very annoying. It ruins his content. It’s manufactured.

If you’re old like me...   (5/5)’s like a 2010’s version of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story”. Great podcast—look forward to each episode!

Placidly Amazing   (5/5)

Aaron Mahnke has once again proven his story telling skills to be above all the rest with yet another skillful podcast. Even when the pieces of the story start to come together before he reveals an identity twist or a nugget of priceless information that make us all feel just a tiny bit smarter than we are, his stories remain interesting and factual. Needless to say, Aaron Mahnke tricks us all into loving history lessons with his remarkable gift. Here’s to hoping for decades more of all his work for all his fans to enjoy.

Second Life-coolest episode ever!   (5/5)

Born and raised from Elizabethton, TN, where the Watauga Association was founded, it was quite comical hearing Aaron’s own pronunciation of Watauga (wha-tog-ah) in his latest episode, Second Life. So cool to hear an episode dedicated to my hometown & upbringing on my favorite podcast! The details were accurate in his latest episode and felt like I got my own personal shoutout. The episodes are always fascinating and I can’t wait to see what else Aaron finds in the Cabinet of Curiosities :)

I like it but   (3/5)

It’s almost to short, it almost just feels like an ad/money maker. You get an eight minute episode, but the ad is two minutes plus. Soooo I like the idea maybe just one nugget at a time, with an ad in the beginning or end.

Very Curiou and Mysterious!   (5/5)

Reminds me of a book I read years ago called "Strangely Enough" which was full of these eerie concincidences and enjoyable narratives. So much fun!!

My Favorite!!   (5/5)

I absolutely Love Aaron’s podcast 💜

Awesome job as always   (3/5)

Im a great fan of aaron and his work with lore . Also i have no problem with the length of the episode . It’s just that annoying ad in the middle of it. It kills the mood and its really awful maybe if it was in the beginning or the end of the episode so we can skip it . Would be much better <3

Another great podcast!   (5/5)

I was already listening to Aaron on Lore, and enjoyed watching the tv show on Amazon, so when I heard of his new podcast "Cabinet of Curiosities", I had to subscribe, as I knew it wouldn't disappoint! I was right! Love this podcast and look forward to it each week! Thanks Aaron for another great podcast!

No you know the rest of the Story   (4/5)

Great stories!

I really wanted to LOVE this   (2/5)

I looked forward to this series, but I find it really hard to get into. Just when I feel like the stories start to get interesting, it cuts to commercial break or Aaron starts the outtro. I feel like the episodes could benefit from being just a little longer.

Love it   (5/5)

I really enjoy this podcast.

Fun snippets of weird   (5/5)

They’re all neat, but I really loved the first episode the most. Give it a listen!

Obvious Money Grab   (1/5)

50% of the 10 minute podcast is an advertisement straight in the middle, the content would be interesting, if he actually explained it. He uses his success with Lore to make something he can barely put effort into and make money from the advertisement. Seriously disappointed.

You are amazing   (5/5)

You make me happy and sleepy

Cabinet of Curiosities   (5/5)

Interesting stories in bite-sized episodes.

Length and Ad Don’t Make For A Great Listening Experience   (3/5)

The episodes literally brush by stories that would be extremely interesting if discussed thoroughly. Seems like an opportunity to make money off the ad space. Disappointing.

Awesome suspense   (5/5)

Awesome suspense

Don’t reuse Lore stories in new show!   (3/5)

Did you not think you’d have some crossover in your audience?? You have two shows and do them both very well, by the way. I’m a huge fan. I was surprised when I found out the Lore books are just the podcasts put to page but this is just lazy. The suspenseful lead up to find out the “she” on trial is a pig?? Where have I heard that before?? Please do not just pass off portions of your Lore show in this new podcast. It’s not called “Parts of Lore Episodes.” I really expected more. Like a full length show!!!

Love the curiosities   (5/5)

I love learning little bits of information that are curious. It is presented well and lots of fun to learn about these things.

Gripping!   (5/5)

Aaron Mankhe expertly recounts eerie and intriguing tales of historical icons, always keeping the listener at the edge of their seat. This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts!

Always good!   (5/5)

As always this podcast and all the others Aaron works on are top notch!

Disappointed   (2/5)

I love your work but with such short episodes the add breaks that take up more then a 1/3 of each episode makes this not worth listening to.

That’s it?   (3/5)

I was intrigued by this show and I’ve only listened to the first episode but it left me hanging. So what happened to the advertisers? Where is this supercomputer that was found by divers? Where did they find it?! A podcast shouldn’t leave me thinking I need to google something.

Nothing New Here   (2/5)

Maybe it’s because I’m a history geek and a fan of the weird, but so far most of these subjects I’ve already heard. Halfway through his story, I already know the ending. I know it’s just starting out so I’m going to stick with it and hope better subject matter is on the way. Right now it just seems like a mini much-watered down version of Lore (which is always surprising & intriguing!)

An oddity isn’t that interesting if it’s fiction.   (2/5)

I love Lore. I also like truth and facts. If something isn’t factual or certain, the audience should be made aware of this. With Lore, this isn’t an issue—because it’s lore. But this podcast presents each story as actual history. I enjoy researching the whole stories behind these oddities, and some of them aren’t true—they’re myths or based on very spurious sources. In a culture where fake news spreads like wildfire, truth is important, no matter what the subject. (examples of questionable stories: the king who met his doppelgänger one day, and then they both died the next. Or the German spy who was killed by a car purchased by French military.)

A delightful surprise in every episode   (5/5)

I absolutely love the structure of this podcast! Each story draws me in, wondering how it’s going to end, building a light suspense in a complimentary but very different way to Aaron Mahnke’s “Lore.” Each story draws a surprised chuckle out, shocked I could have gone my life without knowing these stories. Absolutely brilliant!

Meh   (3/5)

The narration is a bit to cutesy for my tastes.

Interesting   (3/5)

But the narrator’s cadence is enough to keep me from giving it 5 stars. His speech pattern isn’t flowing but somewhat staccato. A bit annoying.

Cannot Speak More Highly of this Podcast.   (5/5)

If everyone doing podcasts would just listen to this one so they would know what a professional show sounds like, we would all be better off. Aaron consistently delivers interesting, "curious" stories that always seem to make me smile. BRAVO. Will have to check out his other work.

Coming up short...   (1/5)

First off, I am a huge Lore fan and greatly enjoy the podcast. However, this new series , falls incredibly short. 7-13min episodes barely scratch the surface, especially with the commercials. The beauty of Lore is the ability to go deeper and more in depth into the story, to the point where you get lost in the tale. This series is over before you know it and is less engaging by the second, ultimately coming up short.

Very Repetitive   (3/5)

I’m a big Lore fan, having listened to every episode, and I’m always eager to hear more stories about the curious and unexplained. Fortunately, I believe that’s what Aaron is seeking to provide us in this podcast. Unfortunately, it just happens to be in the most repetitive way possible. [SPOILER?] Each of these episodes can be described as having a “mini plot twist” at the end and yes, while they may be entertaining, they have become much less so over time. This might be an exaggeration, but it truly feels like 50% of the stories end with Aaron revealing that the person he was talking about was actually a famous writer/artist who changed their name at some point. It’s extremely repetitive, so much so that now I listen to the episode thinking “hmm, I wonder which author Aaron is describing now”. I wish he would change up the subject matter a bit. The good news is that the show is still young, and I’ll sure he’ll be able to clean it up.

All ads little content   (1/5)

It’s easy to see the goal is to provide advertisers a bundle of shows to advertise on. This show is so short and has the same amount of ads as an hour long show.

Fantastic bite size amazing tales!   (5/5)

I am a huge fan of Lore, and Cabinet of Curiosities, while shorter in length, is like a concentrated dose of Aaron Mahnke's beautiful storytelling style.

.Creepy but not too creepy.   (5/5)

I have been listening from the beginning and listen to the stories over and over. Aaron’s success is well deserved. His delivery is delightful. The newest of his ventures is just as fun. Try both Lore and Cabinet of Curiosities and the Prime TV show.

Cool!   (5/5)

Josh and Chuckers tuned me on to your cast!! HOOKED!! Listend to them ALL and can’t wait for the cabinet to open for more! Short, sweet and you make me go🧐. Way cool snippets, makes my eye brows touch!! WAY cool !! Thankyou!! Kimmy

Not wha I expected   (1/5)

I love Lore so I was excited to listen to this podcast. However, the stories are far too short and leave me wanting a LOT more. Also, when he mentioned in Lore that this podcast was going to be about 10 minutes long, I was expecting at least 10 minutes of story, not two stories crammed into ~7 minutes with 2-3 minutes of ad in between.

Great quality, too short   (3/5)

Interesting but not long enough. If I blink, I wonder if I missed any details or if the episode was just that short and skimmed the subject.

Good stuff   (5/5)

Love it

Mini Lore   (5/5)

If you like Lore you will probably like Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities. Like a twice-weekly mini episode of the show you already enjoy, for when you need a little fix or just don't have enough time to listen to a full episode. The same well-researched story telling as always, except that Mahnke doesn't try to explain the events hidden within his cabinet - he'll leave that up to you.

Great   (5/5)

Fantastic, very interesting podcast. Thanks.

Annoying Narrator   (2/5)

The narrator tries so hard to sound like William Shatner that he succeeds and it is very annoying. People don’t talk like that!

Incredible!   (5/5)

I positively love this podcast! Stories are delicious and riveting and I’ve only just begun listening to in the past two hours and have already told three people about it. Thank you so much for these wonderful magical moments in history.

Lore listener   (5/5)

Digging the show! Appreciate y’alls hard work.

Kim   (5/5)

My only complaint is that each tidbit is too short. Love Aaron Manke. Love Lore. Love this.

Gives me chills   (5/5)

Just like Lore ... except shorter.

Could be great   (2/5)

So much potential to be amazing, but it really falls short. It’s a nine minute podcast featuring two cool stories that are broken up by a two minute ad. Also, the stories introduce you to cool things in history, but don’t follow through on explaining them. Would like to hear more about the things you mention instead of leaving us hanging.

Awesome   (5/5)

Great podcast, well worth subscribing!!!

Too short   (3/5)

Someone else mentioned it, too, but the tidbits relayed are not enough. They leave me hanging. It’s an interesting concept, but it seems unfinished.

Frustrating disappointment   (1/5)

By the time the first episode ended (I was probably still sitting at the same stoplight I was at when it started...), I was angry and frustrated. Might as well just publish a list of interesting subjects to look up on Wikipedia, rather than teasing listeners with the what amounts to the first page of a great story, only to unexpectedly move on to a completely different topic. Confused and frustrated listeners are left out in the cold, wanting to know more about the first topic. We must then frantically google to pick up where this podcast abruptly left us hanging, only to be sucked into the black hole of the internet—which defeats the purpose of a podcast (ie, do the googling for me so I can learn about stuff while I’m sitting in traffic and in turn not spend as much time interneting when I reach my destination [productivity!]).

Yay   (5/5)

Another great podcast with great style!

Another Hit for Aaron!   (5/5)

He’s done it again! One of my favorite modern day story tellers Aaron Mahnke has crossed over to historical nonfiction, and it’s amazing! Keep up the good work, I look forward to starting my mornings with your podcasts.

Bite Sized And Fascinating   (5/5)

If you enjoy Mahnke's other podcast -- Lore -- or if you enjoy stories about weird history but don't have a lot of time, this podcast is a great way to get a quick dose of strangeness.

Awesome   (5/5)

A really great podcast!

More please!   (4/5)

The content is fantastic and Aaron does a great job, as always. However, I wish there was more content. The episodes are very short and there seems to be more time devoted to ads for Casper and Promotions for Lore than original content.

Hi   (5/5)

Thanks for being awesome we love everything Aaron! Great pods any time he narrates.!

Mahnke Has Done It Again   (5/5)

Another excellent podcast from Aaron Mahnke. This time, it’s bite-sized pieces that tease the listener with stories of odd coincidences and events in human history. Each episode gives the listener something to ponder. Fascinating.

Why such short episodes?   (3/5)

Love the show but I’d prefer shows coming out less often in exchange for longer episodes. A 9 min podcast is sort of disappointing

Modern Day Ripley's Believe It or Not   (5/5)

I started listening to this podcast as a fan of fun and unique history stories. After I listened to the first podcast, I had to go back and listen to the rest. This is a great podcast for those interested in a unique tale the likes of which I would expect to find in a Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer! Two thumbs up!

Everything it says it is and so much more   (5/5)

Cabinet of Curiosities is a lot like Lore, but it diverges from that genre of podcast in new and interesting ways. All the stories are short, which gives casual listeners a chance to delve into the world of strange but possibly true stories while also enjoying Aaron Mahnke’s iconic narration. On top of that, the podcast lives up to its promise of presenting curiosities. Every story I’ve listened has been genuinely bizarre and intensely fascinating. Some made me laugh, others made me scratch my head, and a few just made my jaw drop. The line-up of tales is superb and Mahnke’s delivery of them is impeccable. I’d forgotten how good it feels to be completely, utterly perplexed, and I highly encourage anyone who wants that same satisfying feeling to listen to this podcast.

Intriguing Trivia!   (5/5)

Enlightening! Love learning these facts! All I can say is, More! More! More!

Small bites, big fun   (5/5)

These episodes are short, but very interesting stories. Easy to fit into your day! If you love Lore, you will surely enjoy the CoC.

Too Little   (1/5)

I don’t care that the episodes are short, I care that there’s nothing interesting. These are superficial stories that have been often told elsewhere with more depth and detail.

Sooo good!!!!   (5/5)

Dude! Yet another awesome podcast! But I wish they were longer!!!

Love Despite Ads   (4/5)

This is an amazing and entertaining podcast! I love the concept. However the ads ruin the flow of episodes. I think it would be a better listening experience if the ads were located at the beginning or end of the episode, rather than right in the middle of the two stories.

Knock off   (2/5)

I liked this podcast a lot better when it was hosted by Nate Dimeo and called “The Memory Palace.” Even the cadence and rhythm of this guy’s speech sounds like a very forced imitation of the beautiful presentation of TMP. I can’t listen to this without cringing.

Too short   (1/5)

Every story feels unfinished. Hearing an ad after 3 minutes or so of actual podcast is so disappointing.

Short and sweet   (5/5)

I thoroughly enjoy this podcast. I am a huge fan or Lore. I was really hoping this was going to be different and it is very different, in a very good way. I like the short stories, it leaves you wanting more which leads to me go and do my own research on the subject matter, which turns up even more fascinating facts about these stories. Keep doing what your doing Mr. Mahnke this is good stuff.

Too many commercials!   (1/5)

While the content is fun, having a 10 minute show broken up by 3 ads just isn't worth it. I love "Lore" and this is a big disappointment.

So fulfilling   (5/5)

I really enjoyed this podcast. If you like atlas obscura and oddity shops, you’ll love this podcast.

No female subjects?   (2/5)

Perhaps a woman might bring something interesting to the table too. Please consider more diversity in your podcast. Thanks!

Just What I Needed   (5/5)

I love Lore, but I don’t have the time. Thankfully, now I have little capsules of history right here!

Cabinet of Curiosities   (5/5)

An amazing podcast for all who love Lore, or just a fascinating listen as you go about your day.

Great show!   (5/5)

It’s like a bite sized version of lore!

One of my favorites   (5/5)

In an endless sea of podcasts, cabinet of curiosities stands out as a wonderfully rich and brief story telling experience. Most other podcasts I listen to are between 30 and 60 minutes long. It becomes harder and harder to add in new Podcasts because I just don’t have the time. I was extremely delighted when I found out that this podcast is simply two short stories separated in the middle by some ads (that I generally skip through). I think of it as a nice filler when I sit in the car while waiting for my wife in the grocery store, or at lunch time for a brief respite. Highly recommended!

Wish the stories were longer!   (4/5)

As a devoted fan of Lore, I was chomping at the bit for Aaron Mahnke’s new podcast. He certainly delivered and I enjoy that the format similar to Lore but with a different tone - more Ripley’s Believe It or Not than haunted histories. On only gave it 4 stars because these tiny 8 minute episodes make me crazy - it doesn’t give me nearly enough time to sink my teeth into the themes and stories the way I do with Lore. Hoping for longer episodes in the future!

Cabinet of Curiosities   (5/5)

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts as well as Lore. They are my top choices. They are interesting and just twisted enough to make me want to come back. One thing I appreciate is there is never any foul language. Mahnke is a classy guy. 👍🏻👍🏻

Super   (5/5)

This podcast is just as amazing as his others. Not let down a bit!!

OMG   (5/5)

This is amazing! I love Lore and this meats the same expectations I thought it would!

Remarkable Podcast   (5/5)

Aaron has again replaced the silent void of mediocrity and given us wonderful true stories of our world. Cabinet of Curiosities is another brilliant, succinct and addictive program which only Mr. Mahnke can pull off.

Fascinating & to the point   (5/5)

Great podcast for fans of Lore or a great introduction for those new to Aaron Mahnke's work. The episodes are fairly short but the subject matter is very interesting and make for great fun facts about history's macabre curiosities. Highly recommended!

SO GOOD!!   (5/5)

I CANNOT stop talking about this podcast. I’m literally recommending it in every conversation. The episodes are short, but I often have to listen to them more than once to process all the information. It is unique and interesting and my only compliant is that there are only two episodes each week!

Already addicted   (5/5)

Genius! Love the Lore podcast and Cabinet of Curiosities is the icing on the cake.

Just a little strangeness to get through the day   (4/5)

Loving this new podcast. I’m a big fan of Lore, and this cast has a similar feel, but in a much smaller dose. Each episode is two stories, so they’re quite short, but they’re perfect for a quick fix when you’re in the mood to hear about something strange/unusual/unique. I listen to a lot of longer podcasts so it is nice to have something quick once in a while. Four stars because I like Lore better, in the end, but CoC is still very enjoyable.

Another Hit   (5/5)

Is there anything Aaron can’t do? If you like Lore and his book series you can’t pass this new podcast up.

Great!   (5/5)

I love history and all these little tid bits are great! Thanks for this podcast! I would even love longer stories.

Too short, no details, not interesting   (1/5)

The episodes are too quick and I don’t feel like I’m learning anything from listening to them. I understand if you want to keep the episodes short, but then have multiple episodes for each subject so you can actually teach people something interesting about each subject instead of just barely mentioning it. Really wanted to like this, but not happening.

Great Addition   (5/5)

I love these little stories!! Great addition to the lore podcast!!! I’m so excited to listen to more!!!

Favorite storyteller of favorite kinds of stories   (5/5)

Wonderful storyteller of delightfully creepy and unsettling stories in short format.

Mysterious Wonderful Stories   (5/5)

I want to say, I love Aaron Mahnke’s hit podcast Lore, and I was very excited to hear news of another podcast. It is just as amazing and haunting as Lore, but I have one request: longer episodes.

Love it!   (5/5)

I really enjoyed this podcast. I’m a big fan of this writer. 10/10. Won’t miss an episode.

Short strange stories   (4/5)

Making a great podcast takes some key components. Voice, subject matter, and some kind of take away. When this cabinet opens it gives you all of those. Some of the stories are shorter than what a like more like a teaser. But overall this podcast is enjoyable.

Absolutely stellar!   (5/5)

At this point, I could honestly listen to Aaron Mahnke read the phone book aloud and I would enjoy it. His dulcet tones and fantastic writing are often the only thing to get me through horrifyingly bad traffic on my commute. I was never a fan of podcasts until I ran across Lore. When Aaron announced he was coming out with a new podcast, I hit subscribe as fast as I could. And I adore this podcast just as much, if not more. Each episode is 8 minutes of intriguing and fascinating information that leave me thinking about it long after I listen to it. Seriously, subscribe to this podcast and enjoy it as much as I do! You won’t regret it!

Aaron Mahnke is a treasure   (5/5)

This podcast, as well as Lore, are incredible. Aaron Mahnke has an immense talent for what he does. I listen to this and Lore all the time!

i love the show   (5/5)

I love this show, i just wish it was not so short

Snack-sized Episodes to Hold You Over   (5/5)

If you get a craving for the strange, macabre and spooky between Lore episodes, these are the perfect little bite-size episodes to hold you over. A common complaint is that they are too short, but personally, I appreciate that they’re not so lengthy. I love listening to Lore on my lunch time at work, but I often have to pause an episode to clock back in after my break is over. Curiosities fit perfectly within the time frame of my break. For those who don’t care for the micro episodes, it’s like this; Lore is best for a long drive or a time consuming task. Curiosities is best for a shower or quick work commute. Having a rainy, task-free Sunday afternoon? Perfect for Lore. Running late for work today? Curiosities it is. 10/10, would recommend.