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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 s A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 cultlike 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. With appropriately creepy four-color illustrations throughout and a gift-worthy paper over board format, The Last Book on the Left will satisfy the bloodlust of readers everywhere.   


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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 s A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 cultlike 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. With appropriately creepy four-color illustrations throughout and a gift-worthy paper over board format, The Last Book on the Left will satisfy the bloodlust of readers everywhere.   

30 review for The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    This book is up there as one of my favourites so far this year. It was INCREDIBLE. I loved it so much that I stretched it out over 3 months! The Last Book on the Left is really just an extension of the podcast, as Marcus, Henry and Ben cover 9 of the most infamous serial killers - the “heavy hitters” as they’re referred to. They tackle everyone you can see the cover - from BTK to Ted Bundy to Andrei Chikatilo and so forth. As is the case with the podcast, Marcus does all the research and educate This book is up there as one of my favourites so far this year. It was INCREDIBLE. I loved it so much that I stretched it out over 3 months! The Last Book on the Left is really just an extension of the podcast, as Marcus, Henry and Ben cover 9 of the most infamous serial killers - the “heavy hitters” as they’re referred to. They tackle everyone you can see the cover - from BTK to Ted Bundy to Andrei Chikatilo and so forth. As is the case with the podcast, Marcus does all the research and educates us, whilst Ben and Henry intercept with funny comments. Reading this was a joy from start to finish - but don’t make the same mistake I did and try to eat while reading the Dahmer chapter... The illustrations are absolutely INSANE, so detailed and funny, perfectly matching the tone of the book. My minor critique is that sometimes the jokes don’t land the same way as they would if you were listening to the podcast. But for the most part they do, Henry had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. If you’re a fan of the podcast, you’ll love this. If you’re a true crime fan, you MIGHT like it. You need a dark sense of humour though and ideally shouldn’t be too easily offended. 5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Marsh

    Edit: 7/30/2020: I finished this audiobook finally! It took a while because life but I enjoyed this so much. Some of the jokes would have hit better if there was actual laughter like in the podcast, but I wont knock that because I know audiobooks are tricky. Anyways, 5-Stars to my favorite boys! EDIT: I have the book and the audio and I an now diving the hell in! Let's do this! YALL!!!! My favorite podcast in the entire universe is releasing a book. Marcus, Ben, and Henry got me through some tim Edit: 7/30/2020: I finished this audiobook finally! It took a while because life but I enjoyed this so much. Some of the jokes would have hit better if there was actual laughter like in the podcast, but I wont knock that because I know audiobooks are tricky. Anyways, 5-Stars to my favorite boys! EDIT: I have the book and the audio and I an now diving the hell in! Let's do this! YALL!!!! My favorite podcast in the entire universe is releasing a book. Marcus, Ben, and Henry got me through some times and this is officially my most anticipated book EVER.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelso

    UPDATE: I received a physical ARC of this from one of my coworkers who was hoarding it for himself. I ate it up in a few days, here's my review below. I know why you're here, I know why this is on your TBR list, it's because you're a fan of the show. So, I really don't have to explain what you'll get out of this book. If you love LPoTL, then you're going to obviously enjoy the heck out of this book. The book (which sounds like the first in a possible series of topics) is about some of the more fam UPDATE: I received a physical ARC of this from one of my coworkers who was hoarding it for himself. I ate it up in a few days, here's my review below. I know why you're here, I know why this is on your TBR list, it's because you're a fan of the show. So, I really don't have to explain what you'll get out of this book. If you love LPoTL, then you're going to obviously enjoy the heck out of this book. The book (which sounds like the first in a possible series of topics) is about some of the more famous serial killers they have covered in the past on their show. There are no new topics or folks they cover in this book, but each chapter does have lots of content about the serial killer they're covering that was never aired during their episode (example, there's stuff in the Ted Bundy chapter that I don't remember hearing about when those particular episodes aired a handful of years ago). It's definitely well researched and you can tell that Marcus put a lot of hours into making this book flow into something that is equal parts nitty-gritty fact while still being entertaining. My only problem with it was the format. Interspersed between the paragraphs of text are (I'm assuming) Ben and Henry's hot takes and jokes. Although most of the jokes land well, some fall flat when just reading them instead of listening to them on the show. It also feels like it hinders the flow of the text, but it's an easy fix (just skip the sections). ___________________________________________ I have been listening to these good good boys for nine years. I have been waiting NINE YEARS for this book. N I N E Y E A R S. I've been scouring and harassing my reps for an ARC of this. I promise I'll come down to earth soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Honestly? I was really disappointed by this book. I've listened to LPoTL for 3 or 4 years now, and I was SO EXCITED to read this. But it's just...boring. Listen to the podcast instead (unless you also disagree with the podcast moving to Spotify exclusively, which screws over listeners in countries that can't get Spotify; a fact the guys have never addressed to my knowledge). I certainly acknowledge the hard work Marcus Parks put into writing and researching while also working on the podcast, but Honestly? I was really disappointed by this book. I've listened to LPoTL for 3 or 4 years now, and I was SO EXCITED to read this. But it's just...boring. Listen to the podcast instead (unless you also disagree with the podcast moving to Spotify exclusively, which screws over listeners in countries that can't get Spotify; a fact the guys have never addressed to my knowledge). I certainly acknowledge the hard work Marcus Parks put into writing and researching while also working on the podcast, but really y'all, it's just a recap of some serial killers. If that's all you're looking for, you'll love it. If you're looking for new information or something as entertaining as the podcast, you won't find it here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Detroit

    I almost picked this up at Barnes & Noble but… thank you once again Plymouth District Library! Pitch this somewhere between a primer of some of the more notable serial killers of our time for those with the attention span of a gnat and a graphic novel, but nothing beats exploring all of their stories in greater detail. I’m funny like that. They say you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, so here goes: Ted Bundy Richard Chase Ed Gein John Wayne Gacy Richard Ramirez David Berkowitz BTK – Dennis Rad I almost picked this up at Barnes & Noble but… thank you once again Plymouth District Library! Pitch this somewhere between a primer of some of the more notable serial killers of our time for those with the attention span of a gnat and a graphic novel, but nothing beats exploring all of their stories in greater detail. I’m funny like that. They say you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, so here goes: Ted Bundy Richard Chase Ed Gein John Wayne Gacy Richard Ramirez David Berkowitz BTK – Dennis Rader Andrei Chikatilo Jeffrey Dahmer While there’s no denying Gein was as bat-shit crazy as anyone whoever stalked this mortal coil outside of GG Allin or Kanye West, I would have swapped him out for Gary Ridgway, The Green River Killer, who deserves a nod here based on numbers alone. The sidebar commentary here by Henry Zebrowski and Ben Kissel is irreverent and hilarious, but the illustrations by Tom Neely are worth the price of admission alone. Truly disturbing work, and I mean that as a compliment. Up until now, I always had Gacy pegged as the worst of the bunch but Bundy was in a league all his own, except for the Commissioner of that league of course, the Goat Lord himself. Worth a peek, maybe with one hand over your eyes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Hensel

    "There's no place to escape to.. This is the Last BOOK on the Left... *chainsaw revs* Rise from your grave... "That's when the cannibalism started"... "...What was that?" "AWWWW SHIT!!!!" For the past ten months, the voices of Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski, and Ben Kissel have kept me company through some of the darkest nights of the soul I've experienced in recent memory. Their ability to make even the most gruesome, tragic events palatable and dare I say it, enlightening, should be commended. While "There's no place to escape to.. This is the Last BOOK on the Left... *chainsaw revs* Rise from your grave... "That's when the cannibalism started"... "...What was that?" "AWWWW SHIT!!!!" For the past ten months, the voices of Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski, and Ben Kissel have kept me company through some of the darkest nights of the soul I've experienced in recent memory. Their ability to make even the most gruesome, tragic events palatable and dare I say it, enlightening, should be commended. While their podcast certainly isn't for everyone--if you like your true crime stories/weird history stories delivered in a soft, professional cadence accompanied by eerie piano music, I'd probably stay away--but if you like a podcast that feels like hanging out with your three best buddies, shootin' the shit while drinking beers and telling each other some of the weirdest, grossest stories you ever heard, then definitely give it a listen. Or, ya know, now you can just read the fuckin' book. This is, to quote the boys themselves, "edutainment" at its finest. Structured very much like the podcast, "The Last Book on the Left" features academic-grade, meticulously researched biographical sketches of some of history's most notorious, depraved serial killers, written by the West Texas Bone Collector himself, Marcus Parks. Amidst the blood-soaked history, comedians Zebrowski and Kissel provide welcome, irreverent commentary that takes the edge off of some of the more heinous material. I was so thankful for them, especially during the Dennis Rader and Andrei Chikatilo chapters. Seriously, fuck those guys. Lavishly illustrated with pictures and cartoons by horror artist Tom Neely and published in a rich paper-over-board format, this is a book that will soon be getting passed around by every 8th and 9th grader in the country with a fascination for murder and mayhem. Even so, this is NOT an exploitive piece of blackly comic novelty. This IS one-hundred percent an educational and informative book on serial murder; honestly, I'd rank it up there with Peter Vronsky's "Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters." It just, to paraphrase Mary Poppins, who I'm willing to bet was among Zebrowski's first masturbatorial fantasies, has a spoonful of comedy to help the true crime go down. I was also taken in by the boys' insistence that by laughing at serial killers, you take from them their power. So, in a way, Marcus, Henry, and Ben are very much like the Losers Club in Stephen King's "It." Except, to my knowledge, they've never engaged in an underground sewer orgy. If you love true crime and you need a quarantine read, buy this immediately. Then, if you haven't already, check out the podcast. Hail Yourself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cupcakes & Machetes

    A real treat. A thorough review of 9 of history's most notorious serial killers, told with the typical LPOTL style and exciting artwork. A real treat. A thorough review of 9 of history's most notorious serial killers, told with the typical LPOTL style and exciting artwork.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This book is just bloody freaking AMAZING! I adore Last Podcast on the Left and when they announced this was coming out I did a little dance in my chair and may or may not have shouted with glee. These three guys just bring such a special brand of humour to everything from true crime to horror to alien conspiracies and that humour just SHINES throughout this book. They manage to make some of the most terrifying serial killers in history into something that both made me laugh out loud and shudder This book is just bloody freaking AMAZING! I adore Last Podcast on the Left and when they announced this was coming out I did a little dance in my chair and may or may not have shouted with glee. These three guys just bring such a special brand of humour to everything from true crime to horror to alien conspiracies and that humour just SHINES throughout this book. They manage to make some of the most terrifying serial killers in history into something that both made me laugh out loud and shudder with fear. I don’t think anyone can do what Ben, Henry and Marcus do, they truly are one of kind! I love that the humour you get on the podcast is also present in the book, you get awesome illustrations, hilarious antics and extensive research on serial killers, what more could you ask for?!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Coral

    I have some thoughts I think this format is kinda weird. I understand the choice to do it - this is a lot like how the podcast is formatted. But I'm not sure if it really works as a book. With the added bits of commentary and jokes sprinkled in and breaking up the main narrative, it felt a little disjointed. I gotta say too, this was a great, well researched book. But the topics are all topics I've heard and read about myself in great length. And I'd venture to say that will probably be the same I have some thoughts I think this format is kinda weird. I understand the choice to do it - this is a lot like how the podcast is formatted. But I'm not sure if it really works as a book. With the added bits of commentary and jokes sprinkled in and breaking up the main narrative, it felt a little disjointed. I gotta say too, this was a great, well researched book. But the topics are all topics I've heard and read about myself in great length. And I'd venture to say that will probably be the same for other fans of the LPOTL podcast. The serial killers researched for this are probably the most well known serial murders, which means there is a vast amount of information on them already. I dont know if anything I read here was really new to me. But damn, it is cool to have some physical object that some of my favorite dudes put hard work into. The artist knocked it out of the park. This would be a great book for people who are "beginners" and want an interesting, well researched book on some of the craziest, most awful heavy hitters the world has seen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Farren

    This book is well researched and all, but nothing you haven't heard before, and quite frankly, this guys are so unfunny I can't stand it. I half-heartedly laughed one time the entire book. They just try too hard and it's so cringy. I can never get into the podcast and thought this book would help, but I gave up on that ever happening. I'll just stick to all the other ones out there that are actually hilarious. This book is well researched and all, but nothing you haven't heard before, and quite frankly, this guys are so unfunny I can't stand it. I half-heartedly laughed one time the entire book. They just try too hard and it's so cringy. I can never get into the podcast and thought this book would help, but I gave up on that ever happening. I'll just stick to all the other ones out there that are actually hilarious.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    Grim subject matter, but well compiled with a comedic edge that didn't feel disrespectful to the victims. Look, these days, everyone and their mom has a true crime podcast. I'm subscribed to 4 different ones and I prefer the ones that tell the stories with a bit of levity. Of course, while maintaining respect for the victims. This book certainly does that. The authors take away the myth surrounding these horrific monsters and reveal them as the pathetic men they are at their core. Admittedly, th Grim subject matter, but well compiled with a comedic edge that didn't feel disrespectful to the victims. Look, these days, everyone and their mom has a true crime podcast. I'm subscribed to 4 different ones and I prefer the ones that tell the stories with a bit of levity. Of course, while maintaining respect for the victims. This book certainly does that. The authors take away the myth surrounding these horrific monsters and reveal them as the pathetic men they are at their core. Admittedly, there were some details and insights here I actually hadn't read before and I've been a fan of true crime stories since I was 9 years old. I had actually never heard of the Russian killer Chikatilo and there were a lot of details about Gein's life that I'd never heard before. This was definitely a great book to read for overviews of all of them with some comedic anecdotes mixed in. An easy recommend if you know what you're getting into. I couldn't even attempt to detail all of the warnings for the subject matter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Though I usually enjoy true crime books about serial killer, this offbeat graphic book took me a while to get into. I often couldn’t decide whether the irreverent humor was funny, in poor taste or both. Mostly the mood I was in while reading determined whether I laughed or felt disgust. The facts seemed to be accurate, based on other books I’ve read. THE LAST BOOK ON THE LEFT isn’t really a graphic book, it’s a book with a few graphics. The writers have a humorous podcast (allegedly), but I didn’ Though I usually enjoy true crime books about serial killer, this offbeat graphic book took me a while to get into. I often couldn’t decide whether the irreverent humor was funny, in poor taste or both. Mostly the mood I was in while reading determined whether I laughed or felt disgust. The facts seemed to be accurate, based on other books I’ve read. THE LAST BOOK ON THE LEFT isn’t really a graphic book, it’s a book with a few graphics. The writers have a humorous podcast (allegedly), but I didn’t like their senses of humor most of the time, so I had no interest in listening. Normally I’d fly through a book like this, if I enjoyed it. When I didn’t I planned to read a chapter (serial killer) a day, but I couldn’t even manage that. I do think this book has an audience, a particular nuanced group of fans, more than universal among many types of readers

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lyndie

    This was an interesting take on the true crime novel. They used the combination of facts and dark humor to present the stories of 9 differnt serial killers . Unfortunately some of the humor fell a little bit flat ( would work better in its usual podcast setting). I really enjoyed the little comic strips throughout the book as well. Overall this was well written and as far as the facts go it was on point so I really have no complaints. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via This was an interesting take on the true crime novel. They used the combination of facts and dark humor to present the stories of 9 differnt serial killers . Unfortunately some of the humor fell a little bit flat ( would work better in its usual podcast setting). I really enjoyed the little comic strips throughout the book as well. Overall this was well written and as far as the facts go it was on point so I really have no complaints. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    4 stars. There are some good elements about this and then there aren't. Review to come. 4 stars. There are some good elements about this and then there aren't. Review to come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book! THE LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT is my favorite podcast out there, for a couple of reasons. The first is that the content it covers is always going to be up my alley. Serial killers, aliens, supernatural events, and conspiracy theories are par for the course on this show, and I find myself learning a lot about crazy topics. But it's also hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski that really sell this show to me. Not only is the conten Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book! THE LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT is my favorite podcast out there, for a couple of reasons. The first is that the content it covers is always going to be up my alley. Serial killers, aliens, supernatural events, and conspiracy theories are par for the course on this show, and I find myself learning a lot about crazy topics. But it's also hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski that really sell this show to me. Not only is the content incredibly well researched and presented in comprehensive and entertaining ways, all three hosts are very, very funny in their commentary and insights. They've also grown a lot in the ten years that they've been podcasting, and have tried to adjust and improve their show as time has gone on. So when I found out they had a book coming out, I was ECSTATIC. I kept looking for eARCs on NetGalley, and when I was approved for it I literally screamed out in joy. Marcus Parks, Ben Kissel, and Henry Zebrowski have compiled comprehensive histories of some of the most notorious serial killers the world has ever seen. With deep dive research and black humor, Parks, Kissel, and Zebrowski tell the stories of these murderers in similar ways that they would do so on their hit podcast. I'm incredibly biased, so I, of course, really loved THE LAST BOOK ON THE LEFT. Marcus Parks has once again brought his impeccable research skills to the table and crafted interesting and intricate narratives that map out the histories of people like Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Richard Ramirez, and more. While I know a lot about almost all of the people covered in this book, Parks always manages to bring new information forward that teaches me something new. I especially loved that even though all of these topics have been covered on the podcast, Parks made sure to make it fresh, new, and unique with new material and content to share. But the other thing that really worked for me with this book was that, thanks to Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and some well designed graphics, we still get the Kissel and Zebrowski commentary on the stories that we get on the podcast. It truly felt like I was reading a podcast episode, and I was laughing just as hard as I do while listening to their show. The fact that they were able to capture the essence of their show and what makes it unique and put it successfully to the page says so much about the talents of all three men. THE LAST BOOK ON THE LEFT was everything I wanted it to be. I think that people who are unfamiliar with the podcast (who are open to the idea of gallows humor) who are interested in true crime will find a very informative spread within its pages. Hail Yourselves, guys!! This was great!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I hesitate to say I loved this... .... But I loved this. I'll add this to the list of "Why I'm a broken person" to discuss with my therapist. I hesitate to say I loved this... .... But I loved this. I'll add this to the list of "Why I'm a broken person" to discuss with my therapist.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    The stories of Murder and Mayhem of the most notorious serial killers are excellent! Yep. Excellent. 5 stars. Why the two stars? The COMMENTARY! Very inappropriate and crude. I have a great sense of humor, but those comments are really going overboard. Attacking Christianity, the president, and the list goes on and on. How does the narrator’s opinions on those subjects relate to the topic? One narrator actually relates all of the serial killers to HIMSELF. Do I detect a narcissist? Any hoo, that’ The stories of Murder and Mayhem of the most notorious serial killers are excellent! Yep. Excellent. 5 stars. Why the two stars? The COMMENTARY! Very inappropriate and crude. I have a great sense of humor, but those comments are really going overboard. Attacking Christianity, the president, and the list goes on and on. How does the narrator’s opinions on those subjects relate to the topic? One narrator actually relates all of the serial killers to HIMSELF. Do I detect a narcissist? Any hoo, that’s my opinion. It certainly differs from all of the other reviews...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you're a fan of the Last Podcast on the Left, I think you will enjoy this book for what it is. However if you are looking for something a little more compelling than your average serial killer/true crime collection, it's not this. The book reads like a deep-dive episode of the podcast, Marcus narrating the story with Ben and Henry interjecting humorous quips. The issue with this particular format is that some of the jokes Henry and Ben write fall flat while reading them whereas hearing the po If you're a fan of the Last Podcast on the Left, I think you will enjoy this book for what it is. However if you are looking for something a little more compelling than your average serial killer/true crime collection, it's not this. The book reads like a deep-dive episode of the podcast, Marcus narrating the story with Ben and Henry interjecting humorous quips. The issue with this particular format is that some of the jokes Henry and Ben write fall flat while reading them whereas hearing the podcast, the delivery adds to the humor. Content wise, the boys are covering the MOST well known killers and this makes the content kind of boring. Most readers are going to be fans of Last Podcast and already know all of this information about these particular killers. I wish they would've covered some more obscure subjects, which I know they can do well based on their podcast history. Overall, it's a well-written, detailed book, with awesome illustrations but the tired information and dialogue makes the book fall a little flat. I hope in the future they will continue writing books but write about some of the other subjects they research and present so well, such as aliens or urban legends.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    The hilarious and morbid LPOTL is one of my favorite podcasts. After reading Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide (from another of my favorite podcasts) I was eager to read this offering from the guys. Long time listeners and hardcore true crime fans aren't going to learn anything new here. However, the humor and tone of the show are spot on which makes it very easy to "hear" Ben, Marcus & Henry's voices as you read. That, combined with the new and hilarious illustrations, The hilarious and morbid LPOTL is one of my favorite podcasts. After reading Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide (from another of my favorite podcasts) I was eager to read this offering from the guys. Long time listeners and hardcore true crime fans aren't going to learn anything new here. However, the humor and tone of the show are spot on which makes it very easy to "hear" Ben, Marcus & Henry's voices as you read. That, combined with the new and hilarious illustrations, will make this a perfect keepsake for fans of the show!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    While I do enjoy the podcast from these guys, I expected more from the book. It did not fully deliver in the way I had hoped. On one side, the chapters and cases are extremely informational and very well put together. To learn something new about some of these serial killers when their stories saturate the markets is a good thing. I would like to see these guys take on LESS notorious crimes but with people just as evil and methodical. I would have been fine with just the normal narrative flow. B While I do enjoy the podcast from these guys, I expected more from the book. It did not fully deliver in the way I had hoped. On one side, the chapters and cases are extremely informational and very well put together. To learn something new about some of these serial killers when their stories saturate the markets is a good thing. I would like to see these guys take on LESS notorious crimes but with people just as evil and methodical. I would have been fine with just the normal narrative flow. BUT... this book is playing on their podcast some and so the audio version is just loaded with loud and obnoxious interjections with ridiculous commentary and jokes that are not funny because you can tell they are 100000% canned, planted, and staged. You can't have one person reading all calmly, matter-of-fact, and with the intent on educating us while the other two seem drunk, obtuse, and have a tone that totally contradicts the main story while seeming organic. The audio just did not work for me here. I would rather have read this one - but even then, I feel like these guys should just stick to podcasts as their medium. They can do that well - why rock the boat and muddy the waters? 3 stars here!

  21. 5 out of 5

    lola

    Well researched, well written, and very funny. It was just like reading an episode of the show. Art was amazing too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    I love the "Last Podcast on the Left"! These guys and their hilarious podcast have often kept me company on my long commute. Now they have written a book which focuses on serial killers. It reads like you are listening to a conversation among good friends, who are just slightly insane. You can tell they have done their homework about serial killers and maybe enjoyed it just a little too much. Read the book, listen to the podcast- enjoy the creepiness! I love the "Last Podcast on the Left"! These guys and their hilarious podcast have often kept me company on my long commute. Now they have written a book which focuses on serial killers. It reads like you are listening to a conversation among good friends, who are just slightly insane. You can tell they have done their homework about serial killers and maybe enjoyed it just a little too much. Read the book, listen to the podcast- enjoy the creepiness!

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. I first discovered the podcast “The Last Podcast on the Left” in early 2018. I had just left my job, I was feeling a little aimless and sad (not to mention a bit taken advantage of), and was looking for any kind of distraction. It’s not too hyperbolic to say that hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski brought me the most joy I had felt since leaving that position. Not only (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. I first discovered the podcast “The Last Podcast on the Left” in early 2018. I had just left my job, I was feeling a little aimless and sad (not to mention a bit taken advantage of), and was looking for any kind of distraction. It’s not too hyperbolic to say that hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski brought me the most joy I had felt since leaving that position. Not only were they very funny, the research and presentation of stories about serial killers, aliens, supernatural incidents, and other tales of the macabre was phenomenal. So I was, of course, overjoyed when they announced that they were going to release a book. And when I was approved to get an eARC from NetGalley? I could have exploded from excitement. Now I did have my reservations. After all, while I mostly enjoyed the other podcast based book that made a splash in the book community, I was a little nervous that this would be similar in that it just wouldn’t capture the essence of the source content. Let’s be real, “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered” is a fun book, but it’s not true crime, which is the draw of the podcast to begin with. But I was foolish to doubt Parks, Zebrowski, and Kissel. “The Last Book on the Left” is everything I wanted it to be and more. As I vaguely mentioned before, one of the things that I love the most about the podcast is that Marcus Parks, the head researcher for the show, does a fantastic job of researching and presenting the topics that they cover in each episode. And he brings the same zeal and drive to the book. This book covers a number of notorious serial killers, from Ted Bundy to BTK to Son of Sam and many more. While I’m familiar with a lot of the cases in this book, I still found myself learning new information because of the deep dives that Parks does. I also appreciated that the book made the note that while all of their subjects have been covered on the podcast, they have tried to bring new information and content to the book. How easy would it have been to do an easy copy paste job from past scripts and witty rapport (looking at you, “Lore” podcast!)? And yet Parks, Kissel, and Zebrowski want to do their very best for their fans and for the people reading the book, and refuse to cut corners, and because of that the reading is wholly original and fresh. Throw in some really fun and darkly funny graphics and imagery, and you have a fun and informational reading experience! And if that wasn’t enough, “The Last Book on the Left” also achieves what I thought would be the unachievable: they manage to translate the podcast format to the page without being clunky or untrue to their natures. The premise of the podcast is that Parks will tell the stories, and Kissel and Zebrowski will make commentary and banter throughout the narrative. I figured that it was going to be straight information, which was completely okay in my book. But then “The Last Book on the Left” went and surprised me. Using graphics and color coded speech bubbles, they manage to put the witty and dark humored Kissel and Zebrowski commentary throughout the narrative, using their likenesses with varying facial expressions depending on the tone of the comment. It works, it’s creative, and it’s ingenious. I found myself laughing out loud probably as much as I do during each podcast episode, and was thrilled to see that they managed to translate their wicked charm to book form. Now I do have to admit that I’m probably wholeheartedly biased when it comes to “The Last Book on the Left”. I was pretty much guaranteed to love this book given how much I love the podcast and it’s creators. So I’m going to try to level with everyone here for a moment. Do I think that this book is going to be for anyone and everyone? Probably not. If you aren’t into true crime it’s really not for you, and I am the first to admit and acknowledge that the comedy aspects of the podcast are not going to sit well with everyone. The book tones it back a lot, but it’s still not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. That said, as a fan of the show, I loved it. And I do think that the impeccable true crime content and research is God tier. I loved, LOVED “The Last Book on the Left”. It was everything I hoped it would be, and it’s a true testament to the talent that these three hosts have.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Armand

    I'm not a serial killer junky, although I'd read fictional thrillers featuring them now and again. So for me at least, the book offered some rather interestinging TILs, like how these murderers have a personal system of allowances that, in time, gives them the self-permission to start their crimes, or how they set their world up so that they'd eventually believe that the only natural solution to their problems is through murder. There were some fascinating tidbits on these killers too, like how I'm not a serial killer junky, although I'd read fictional thrillers featuring them now and again. So for me at least, the book offered some rather interestinging TILs, like how these murderers have a personal system of allowances that, in time, gives them the self-permission to start their crimes, or how they set their world up so that they'd eventually believe that the only natural solution to their problems is through murder. There were some fascinating tidbits on these killers too, like how the charming Bundy once worked as a suicide hotline operator(!) or how Dahmer, being a cannibal with taste, only dined on victims he deemed really attractive. What I admire is how the writers didn't glamorize these monsters, or at least not that much compared to sensationalist true crime authors/programs. They're interesting, yes, but against the almost legendary facade that many entertainment peddlers built for them, our trio exposed their innermost truth. Beneath their overarching egoes and sense of absolute superiority, they knew deep inside how small and weak they really are. This book doesn't let you forget that. Thing is, the liberally applied jokes here can get a bit tiring especially if you're the type who likes follow the thread of an article without too many distractions. I've heard that this is a regular feature on their podcasts so I'm guessing that this is take-it-or-leave-it. While it may be entertaining in audio format, I don't think it translates that well on the written page. Kudos to Tom Neely for the illustrations. Some of them were particularly inspired, like Gein's hilarious flayed skin riff on the Botticelli Nascita and Chikatilo waving in a sea of disembowelled matryoshka dolls. I'm rating this 7/10 or 3 stars out of 5.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine Hernandez-g

    "People look for any sort of explanation for behavior they feel rubs against the fibers of society. An explanation is comforting and makes it feel like there is purpose or logic in our random universe. Unfortunately, a lot of these monsters are made at random. " "When discussing these attempted murders, Berkowitz said, "I didn't want to hurt them. I only wanted to kill them." This was pretty much my first true crime book, and it was fascinating. I already knew some information about Ted Bundy and "People look for any sort of explanation for behavior they feel rubs against the fibers of society. An explanation is comforting and makes it feel like there is purpose or logic in our random universe. Unfortunately, a lot of these monsters are made at random. " "When discussing these attempted murders, Berkowitz said, "I didn't want to hurt them. I only wanted to kill them." This was pretty much my first true crime book, and it was fascinating. I already knew some information about Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, but I didn't know anything about the 7 other serial killers. This goes in detail about what each killer did with their victims, and how they were finally captured. It's so horrible what happened to all of these people. Reading about the killers made me even more scared of home invasion! The only thing I didn't like about it was the jokes the authors made. I found some of them funny, but most of them I either didn't understand because there were so many references, or I didn't find them funny. I also didn't care about the content they added at the end of each chapter. Overall I would recommend this because it summarizes really well the story of each of these 9 serial killers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Might it be asking too much to NOT celebrate the macabre almost-adulation of the more despicable humans among us who, through whatever may be their motivations, take the lives of others in multiple numbers and often disgusting ways? I feel I might need to beg the forgiveness of my fellow humans for having listened to it - please do not fall into the trap yourselves.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Alcazaze

    3.5 stars. I’ve loved LPOTL for years which is probably why I was a bit frustrated with this book. The illustrations were beautiful but it didn’t feature much info that anyone who listens to the podcast wouldn’t already know. The Big Hitters are usually not my favourite episodes as I like to hear them all squabble about Ufologists, L Ron Hubbard and big foots more than the usual murder stuff. I appreciate that they probably wanted to aim the debut book to all true crime fans, rather than those wh 3.5 stars. I’ve loved LPOTL for years which is probably why I was a bit frustrated with this book. The illustrations were beautiful but it didn’t feature much info that anyone who listens to the podcast wouldn’t already know. The Big Hitters are usually not my favourite episodes as I like to hear them all squabble about Ufologists, L Ron Hubbard and big foots more than the usual murder stuff. I appreciate that they probably wanted to aim the debut book to all true crime fans, rather than those who are already LPOTL fans, but I wish there’d been more personal elements about Ben, Marcus and Henry and how they’d interpreted the crimes, personal anecdotes etc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I enjoyed this book. I had never heard of this podcast before but will have to check it out in the future. Good read other wise about some of the worlds notorious serial killers. Creepy of course and some of the jokes were funny and expected.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan Wilbur

    “Oh, my God, I’m having one!” -me, every second of reading this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book having not been a listener first. I’m not sure why a non-listener would buy the book though. This made for a nice consolidated place of some of the most prolific serial killers. I don’t enjoy when the boys tell the story of Ted Bundy though. The reader/listener can tell it’s a story they don’t enjoy telling, so it was an odd choice to open the book with Bundy’s chapter. These guys bring a unique flair to the world of true crime, and I appreciate their work!

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