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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
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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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Get your diapers on !

Honestly I'm biased because they make the best damn podcast around. I wasn't as much into podcast before a friend made me listen to them which I initially said "Can't stand the whiny one who does voices" but after a while I got to love Ben Kissel my giant god overlord ! Hail Kissel and most of all Hail yourselves

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Better than I ever thought was possible!

these guys are professionals. amazing story telling and funny moments we all love and enjoy. 10/10 would reccomend. I also have a hard copy that is filled with amazing art!

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Hail yourselves!

Markus does a fantastic job reading! I loved getting an updated take on the heavy hitters, and it was cool hearing the guys in a slightly different medium.

It was strange at first adjusting to the little snippets from Ben and Henry vs. the much more conversational feel that I'm used to as a listener of the podcast, but the further I got into the book the less I noticed.

I was sad when I got to the end, until I remembered that I still have 3+ years worth of podcast to catch up on...

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Amazing!

Great book with tons of information, done in a respectful way.
I can't wait for more.

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Condensed and polished versions of the tales from the podcast

If you are already familiar with the original podcast ‘Last Podcast on the Left’ you are going to find more of their polished approach to true crime stories. A long time listener to the podcast none of the tales here were new to me, but where in the podcast they have more back and forth as they talk about details for this work they have cleaned it all up to a very tight focused approach on each of the killers discussed here.
I hope this work is successful enough they can produce a long string of these covering and cleaning up further many of the tales already approached on their podcast.
If you don’t know their work they have one serious researcher who digs into the horror and two goofball friends to have read the material and attempt to break the grim seriousness with some measured and well timed humour breaks. The Humour doesn’t kick one out of the tale nor is it only dark sarcasm. It does feel like the right amount. And this is the second time they have approached each of these stories they know what details to dwell on and which to gloss over in the retelling.

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Fantastic!!!

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-researched and we'll written with funny commentary throughout to help with the depressing nature of serial killers, exactly like the podcast. I definitely would recommend this book to other true crime fans

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Hail yourself!

Well done boys. Perfect book on imperfect humans. My 3 favourite voices talking about muuurderrr

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Spectacular true crime

I have listened to the podcast intermittently, because sometimes there's just so much yelling. This was the perfect fusion of the podcast and a book. Exquisitely researched, but still with the humour you've come to expect, I was sad when this was over, which is a super weird thing to say about a book with such deeply horrible things in it. A must read for true crime fans, even if you think you know about these killers.

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exactly what I wanted

I loved all of this book! I actually learned new things about killers I thought I knew well.
I'm about to start this book over... I hope sequel is coming...

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Way to go boys!!

I loved it!! Especially since the 3 of you narrated!! looking forward to my hard copy arriving but so happy to have gotten to listen first!!

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  • Gilbert Ruby
  • 2020-04-09

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
  • 2020-04-18

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
  • 2020-04-10

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
  • 2020-04-07

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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  • Andrew P. Stephens
  • 2020-05-06

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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  • joey carbo
  • 2020-04-18

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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  • Jeremy Brewer
  • 2020-04-07

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
  • 2020-04-16

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
  • 2020-04-11

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
  • 2020-04-09

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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