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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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great content ruined by bad jokes .

Couldn't even finish. Too many bad and not at all funny comments obviously edited in by second and third narrator. terrible. will return for credit . I mean its not even bad in a shocking way. I feel embarrassed for the guy. I would buy the book if only the main narrator was speaking or at the very least if the other guy didn't speak as much. its like a morning radio show guy struggling for jokes just to fill in some time. I can't possible believe that anyone would have found this contribution pleasant. once again book content and main narration is very well done. edited in nonsense ruins the book.

just managed to struggle through most of the rest of it. Just awful. stand by my original review. the only reason I left 3 stars was because I could not bring myself to listen to the rest of it and had previously assumed the rest of it was at bad as the first couple chapters. it was actually worse.

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  • Robbie
  • 05-23-20

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.
  • 04-29-20

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
  • 04-09-20

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
  • 05-06-20

unlistenable

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

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  • Bearman
  • 07-20-20

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
  • 07-13-20

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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  • John v
  • 06-05-20

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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  • Lauren Moss
  • 05-13-20

THESE SPOOKY BOYS DESERVE EVERY SUCCESS

Perfectly encapsulated the podcast vibe, such thorough research - bring on the sequel I say!

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  • Jennyjaffacakes
  • 05-05-20

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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  • A. P. Gillham
  • 06-15-22

From the World of LPOTL

Absolutely fantastic listen for those who are a fan of the podcast, or even those who simply love a bit of factual horror. Marcus continues to expand on, and impress us with his vast knowledge of everything horror, while Ben and Henry lighten the mood with their comedic responses. Do keep in mind, especially those who are a fan of the show, that it will feel more scripted than LPOTL - because it is after all, an audio book! Hail Yourself!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

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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  • Lewis
  • 04-25-20

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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  • Paul Christiansen
  • 05-07-21

Good, but...

The book itself is interesting - Marcus is a good story teller - but the 'comedic' interjections by Ben & Henry don't add anything at all the content. Ben's comments rely mostly on niche sporting or outdated/irrelevant cultural references & Henry's are only slightly amusing. I'm a fan of Last Podcast on the Left and the guys' banter works well in that context where they feed off one another, but the one-liners & attempted zingers fall very flat in the audiobook format. It gets very annoying very quickly and ends up detracting from the stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

Hail Gein!

Amazingly in-depth research and performance from Marcus Parks, and as always Henry and Ben lighten the load when it becomes overwhelming with jokes in between. Hail yourself and a megustalations.

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  • Christine Norman
  • 08-18-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-20

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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  • Kannabikki
  • 04-22-20

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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  • Holden Punk
  • 04-12-20

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.