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The Last Book on the Left

Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History's Most Notorious Serial Killers
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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An equal parts haunting and hilarious deep-dive review of history's most notorious and cold-blooded serial killers, from the creators of the award-winning Last Podcast on the Left

Since its first show in 2010, The Last Podcast on the Left has barreled headlong into all things horror, as hosts Henry Zebrowski, Ben Kissel, and Marcus Parks cover subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, and supernatural phenomena. Deeply researched but with a morbidly humorous bent, the podcast has earned a dedicated and aptly cult-like following for its unique take on all things macabre. 

In their first book, the guys take a deep dive into history's most infamous serial killers, from Ted Bundy to John Wayne Gacy, exploring their origin stories, haunting habits, and perverse predilections. Featuring newly developed content alongside updated fan favorites, each profile is an exhaustive examination of the darker side of human existence. The Last Book on the Left will satisfy the bloodlust of listeners everywhere.

©2020 Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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The "comedy" ruined it

I enjoyed listening to the main narrator, however it was hard to really get into the story with those "comedians" interjecting all the time. I found the jokes awful

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Megustalations! Bring a towel for Ben though.

A perfect balance of Marcus' macabre, misery and mystery... with a sprinkle of Kissel and Zebrowski's medicinal and cathartic humour, lest the story get too dark. Fans of Last Podcast on the Left and new listeners alike will enjoy the velvety prose of Marcus Parks and the gross insight into some of the sickest fellas of the last century; Henry and Ben provide much needed ventilation, familiar to the podcast presentation but with an air of professionalism. Hail Parks, Kissel and Zebrowski!

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Good listen...

i enjoyed the story telling and the voice of the main narrator but the comedic interludes added nothing to the story. They annoyed me...

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Fantastic

loved every minute of it. I am a big fan of the podcast and was not disappointed with this audiobook

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Nerd alert

Fantastic, I'm a fan of the podcast but the book was, well read and the tone and theme was perfect!

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The boys smashed it!

Fantastic book, the boys knocked this one out of the park. If you have an interest in true crime and darker sense of humor you’ll love this.

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Hail this book!

Well written and insightful with just the right amount of dark humour. Must have for fans of lpcotl and people with macabre interests.

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  • Gilbert Ruby
  • 09-04-2020

Ben and Henry ruin it

I love their podcast so I tried to like this book, I REALLY TRIED but every single time Ben spoke in the Audible version of this, I cringed. I tried to skip his parts but ended up missing what Marcus was saying. I wish this didn't have all the commentary from Ben and Henry. I was so into what Marcus was saying but I can't finish this book. I can't get past all of the terrible jokes and interruptions from Ben and Henry. I'm so disappointed. I was really looking forward to this coming out. Marcus did a great job writing and researching (as always) and if he were to ever write a book solo, I would love to read/ listen.

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  • MMR
  • 18-04-2020

Absolutely Terrible- and I am a fan of the podcast

This will be the first audiobook I have ever returned. It's incredible that the three men who produce Last Podcast On The Left created this book and this narration. The first chapter, which is about Ted Bundy, is both shallow and filled with inaccuracies and almost truths (no really purposeful untruths, but more like they started off in the direction of the truth and got distracted along the way). I tried to listen to the chapter on BTK, but even when heaping disdain on Dennis Rader they managed to be dull. This book is serial killer lite. You're unlikely to learn anything much about the serial killers included in this book unless you have never read anything about them. I expected the book to include information they couldn't include in the podcast due to time restrictions or something. This book is just a money grab - doesn't everyone write a book these days? Just another way to separate people from their money because the authors have a fan base who will purchase anything at all they produce. The absolute worst part of this audiobook is the narration. I am actually embarrassed for the LPOTL crew. The book sounds like Marcus wrote a line or two of semi informative script, Henry wrote a joke, and Ben threw in a comment that is peripherally relevant and "on brand". It's like the podcast, except it doesn't work here. AT ALL. It sounds like the three of them produced their own lines completely independent of each other and they were spliced together for the audiobook. It's incredibly clunky. Marcus is extremely earnest, Henry shoots off his witty commentary like he's just doing a job, and Ben sounds like he's on a stage. I am sure their podcast is also scripted, but they play off each other in a way that sounds less robotic and weird than the audiobook. I am really disappointed. I expected the book to be in depth and interesting, but like the show these days it's just about staying on brand and making money. That is of course what most podcasts are doing these days, but I prefer to actually receive something of worth when I spend my money. Take a pass on this book. I assure you that if you're a fan of the podcast, you will wish you had after listening to this audiobook.

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  • Nathan Fulps
  • 10-04-2020

Whole lot of hell no!

How do you screw up true crime serial killer stories? Give it to a couple of self proclaimed “comedians.” The story narrator is good, he seems to have it together, but then these other morons chime in and it is just god awful. They aren’t funny, and since the subject is that of true crimes, the OBVIOUSLY written and rehearsed “jokes” are sophmorish at best. It would be different if the jokes came organically, during the discussion or conversation, that way others can react. It’s like the narrator recorded his decently researched track, then these two knuckleheads came in and every minute they cut to these other two dorks. Terrible, terrible, feel bad for anyone that listens to this. I’m sure the podcast is just as unfunny. I’ve never stopped a book and couldn’t continue, but 45 mins in, with 10 1/2 hours to go, nope. Going to ask for my money back and exchange this garbage.

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  • Sandy Hartkorn
  • 07-04-2020

So proud

Great research, stories and narration. It was even better than I'd hoped, and I had some high hopes. Megustaltions!

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  • joey carbo
  • 18-04-2020

Make a “comedian” free version

I tried so hard. The bulk of the work is excellent. 4 stars. The “jokes” are awful and cringey and totally derail the story every 20 seconds. It is completely infuriating.

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  • Andrew P. Stephens
  • 06-05-2020

Listen to the podcast....

So I’m an advisor listener, but there is something off on the audio book. The jokes don’t seem organic and the jokes jump in on the main story in an awkward jarring way. Bad jokes too.... Pretty bad if you ask me... podcast and guys are great though !

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  • Jeremy Brewer
  • 07-04-2020

Solid and true to LPOTL’s talent.

Solid writing. Only thing I found a bit off was the humor. It felt forced in, and unnatural. But sometimes the jokes land anyway, and the delivery of everything else more than makes up for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-2020

Wish It Was Awesome

Big, big fan of the LPOTL. The format of this audiobook pretty much strips out all of the best parts of the podcast. The jokes feel completely tacked on and not organic. Funny banter, bits, and improv set the podcast above so many others in the true crime space. All of that is missing here.

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  • Jason
  • 11-04-2020

The Cannibalism Starts Here...

This book is a great entry point to the “Last Podcast” series and has a trove of ghoulish, well-written details. The Boys do a great job.

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  • Rick Summers
  • 09-04-2020

Quite Good

Great storytelling by Parks. The interjections by Kissel are good, but Zebrowski’s are delivered so woodenly that they detract from the audiobook, rather than enhancing and enlivening it.

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  • Robbie
  • 23-05-2020

Prob the best / worst book on here

This book would be amazing if they cut the guy out who thinks he is funny.. as soon as I was getting into the storytelling it was ruined...funny man I will tell you something your friends on the podcast won't..get off it asap!! And let this be the best podcast it deserves to be!!!!!

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  • Monika F.
  • 29-04-2020

Hail yourself!

Massive fan of the podcast, been to their live gig when they visited London, had high expectations for this book and purchased it on Audible specifically because I love their voices... Unfortunately this book probably works much better in text. Marcus' bit is excellent (the more gruesome parts are obviously toned down for 'normal' audiences though) but interjections from Henry and Ben are unfunny, unnecessary and plain cringey. Even though they've been performing for ages, they somehow deliver their horribly humourless quips in a way that causes second hand embarrassment, in addition to disrupting the flow of the story. Maybe the scripted nature of the book is to blame as Ben and Henry are quite good at improv, and usually Marcus is the only one reading prepared content. Still love them all, but Marcus has clearly outdone everyone else here.

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  • Dinosaur1
  • 09-04-2020

Great potential - shame about the background noise

Enjoyed the book but couldn’t get past the commentators in the background- jeez guys just STFU!!!!

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  • Hannah
  • 06-05-2020

unlistenable

Lasted 10 minutes. That annoying whiny fellow is enough to make you want to go out and kill people.

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  • Katie
  • 05-06-2020

I wish I liked it.

I have loved the podcast for a while. Ben and Henry's quips work so well in the podcast but kill this book. It takes you out of the story that Marcus is telling so well. I preordered the book and I'm disappointed.

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  • Jennyjaffacakes
  • 05-05-2020

Interesting, but the comic relief is bad.

I really liked this book but the two comedians interrupt the flow of it and it's a little off putting. But I still a good listen if you like serial killers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-2020

Lootl is awesome

It's podcast at its best! Great work and especially big shout out to Marcus! Awesome definitely a must have in your library

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  • Bearman
  • 20-07-2020

amazing writing, jokes don't translate well

Book is amazing. very well researched and detailed. The jokes from Ben and Henry don't translate well. You do get used to it and enjoy it about 4 hours in but it is very jarring at first.

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  • rebecca jane scott
  • 13-07-2020

Great narration.

Marcus's narration was fantastic, really created an atmosphere. Some jokes pulled you out of the story as they don't seem as conversational as they are in the podcast, however still enjoyable. Great topics, well researched with a humerous twist , looking forward to more in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2020

Neverending podcast!

As someone who listens to the podcast as soon as it comes out, this was great! Read by the LPOTL boys this was like the podcast that (I) never (wanted to) end.