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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. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    ALL. THE. STARS. I made this last for as long as I could!! Absolutely loved it - the most amazing illustrations too! Full review to come.

  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

    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?!

  6. 5 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

    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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 5 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 4 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.

  13. 5 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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 5 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aarann

    So Last Podcast on the Left has become my favorite podcast, true crime or otherwise. It is what got me into listening to other podcasts and very few true crime have become Must Listen every Friday (not quite as into Side Stories) the way this one has. The authors of this book/stars of the podcast have just the right amount of irreverence, while still relaying the true horror of the events without wallowing in the gore, if that makes any sense. Very few podcasts hit this same note for me. So when So Last Podcast on the Left has become my favorite podcast, true crime or otherwise. It is what got me into listening to other podcasts and very few true crime have become Must Listen every Friday (not quite as into Side Stories) the way this one has. The authors of this book/stars of the podcast have just the right amount of irreverence, while still relaying the true horror of the events without wallowing in the gore, if that makes any sense. Very few podcasts hit this same note for me. So when I found out the guys were doing a book, I was pretty intrigued. Despite my love for the podcast (or maybe because of it) this book gets a solid three stars. The humor just doesn't quite shine through in book format the way it does in the podcast. Part of this is because Marcus (whose primary concern is facts) did the majority of the writing -- but I will say the times I laughed out loud were mostly brought about by Marcus's occasional smart-ass comments, rather than the silliness of Ben and Henry that fit so well in the podcast, but mostly just seemed forced and tired in the book. For obvious reasons, the humor got lost in the translation, but I cannot fault the guys (mostly Marcus) on the research. There was a lot discussed here that did not come up in the individual podcast episodes and they clearly worked their collective asses off in writing this book (again, primarily Marcus). Gotta say though, one thing I have been dying for since the 2018 arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo was the guys to do a deep dive on The Golden State Killer. Yes, Michelle McNamara's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, has done a phenomenal job on the crimes themselves (and for a true crime book that lacked the humor I generally crave to offset the horror of these stories, McNamara's book had me engrossed almost the entire way through), and I also read Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders, which covered a lot of detail in how DeAngelo was caught, but I was really hoping for the guys to premiere a more thorough assassination of DeAngelo's character now that he has been pretty thoroughly established as EARONS/GSK in the book that has been missing from the podcast. I was disappointed there, but not enough to take off any stars. I get why they're waiting. I think people who don't like the podcast's humor will be more into this than those of us who do since it is much more muted here than usual. Henry and Ben pop up a few times each chapter with comments, but Marcus is the primary driving force behind this one. I also liked that each chapter was devoted to a different subject, since I am a wimp and have trouble with true crime that delves too deeply into the gore of murder. My "read" here was the audiobook, which I will wholeheartedly recommend if someone is going to buy the book one way or the other. Marcus reads the bits he wrote and Henry and Ben read theirs. Each does a pretty fantastic job, which is par for the course since I would imagine the podcast is set up in a similar way. Hail yourselves!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ebb

    I have not listened to Last Podcast on the Left but I have heard about them. I'm always interested to read true crime so I knew right away that I wanted to read this one. The book is well written and you can tell a lot of research has been put into each of the 9 serial killer profiles. I think the only criticism I have towards the book is that they do only focus on serial killers that have been talked about and discussed thousands of times before. A look into lesser known killers would have made I have not listened to Last Podcast on the Left but I have heard about them. I'm always interested to read true crime so I knew right away that I wanted to read this one. The book is well written and you can tell a lot of research has been put into each of the 9 serial killer profiles. I think the only criticism I have towards the book is that they do only focus on serial killers that have been talked about and discussed thousands of times before. A look into lesser known killers would have made this book a little more interesting and maybe set it apart from other true crime compendiums that already include all of these cases. True crime readers will probably be familiar with a lot of the information contained in the book, but it is a great read for those who are not as familiar with these cases. Overall, I do think this book would be a good overview for anyone interested in learning about some of the most notorious serial killers to walk among us. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    AV

    Yes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Aspects of this book are incredible. To read Marcus Parks’ prose instead of his narration is a refreshing change from the podcast I’ve grown to know and love over the past several years. The biggest accomplishment of the book is that it’s given the boys a chance to revisit some of the early Heavy Hitters who didn’t have the benefit of comprehensive research, and whose stories were often weighed down by some of the more unlistenable aspects of the show’s back catalogue. It’s clear that Marcus and Aspects of this book are incredible. To read Marcus Parks’ prose instead of his narration is a refreshing change from the podcast I’ve grown to know and love over the past several years. The biggest accomplishment of the book is that it’s given the boys a chance to revisit some of the early Heavy Hitters who didn’t have the benefit of comprehensive research, and whose stories were often weighed down by some of the more unlistenable aspects of the show’s back catalogue. It’s clear that Marcus and Henry have learned a great deal since their initial coverage of killers like Bundy and Dahmer, and the chapters covering them are richer as a result. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking to explore true crime for the first time. Ultimately, I think the book’s format, with Marcus supplying the narration and Ben and Henry interjecting commentary, might have been better suited to some of their other areas of interest like cults or aliens. This might have allowed for a more fluid give and take between the narration and the commentary, which might do a better job replicating the unique magic of the podcast. I hope they’re able to write another book on one of these topics (perhaps allowing for less strain on Marcus and a chance for Henry to contribute his own brand of knowledge). If they do, I look forward to giving it another shot. Hail yourselves!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)

    Hail yourselves! Five stars. Listened to the audiobook. It was excellent, if slightly weird, since each of the boys' parts were clearly recorded separately and then mixed together by some sort of professional audio engineer. As such, you lose the effect of Henry storming over Marcus to blurt out something ridiculous and Ben being his usual bewildered self. While each of the serial killers in the book has been covered already on the podcast, the presentation is mostly new and there's some extra con Hail yourselves! Five stars. Listened to the audiobook. It was excellent, if slightly weird, since each of the boys' parts were clearly recorded separately and then mixed together by some sort of professional audio engineer. As such, you lose the effect of Henry storming over Marcus to blurt out something ridiculous and Ben being his usual bewildered self. While each of the serial killers in the book has been covered already on the podcast, the presentation is mostly new and there's some extra content added in the form of fictitious letters, etc. which inject some much-needed humor into the content and are, as the saying goes, "kinda fun." Dahmer's chapter also has a sorely needed update in tone and a clarification on how he should be viewed after the podcast's decade of maturation. It's a tightly focused and thoroughly presented collection of essays on some of the most notorious monsters in human history. The writing is clear and engaging and occasionally even veers into memorable and artful realms. Marcus is good at this book-writin' stuff. I hope he'll write a few more. Could only have been improved by the inclusion of Detective Popcorn. Otherwise, an excellent debut and a must for any fan of true crime or the macabre and spooky.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I was conflicted about giving this 3 out of 5 stars; to be precise, I would have given it 3.5 out of 5, and 4 out of 5 seemed a little too generous. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, but like other readers have already mentioned in their reviews, it reads like a LPOTL episode minus the some of the charm that we have grown to love: Henry's many voice characters (Pee Wee Gaskins remains his best), Ben's dumbfounded responses to his co-hosts' jokes and jests, Marcus' occasional slip I was conflicted about giving this 3 out of 5 stars; to be precise, I would have given it 3.5 out of 5, and 4 out of 5 seemed a little too generous. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, but like other readers have already mentioned in their reviews, it reads like a LPOTL episode minus the some of the charm that we have grown to love: Henry's many voice characters (Pee Wee Gaskins remains his best), Ben's dumbfounded responses to his co-hosts' jokes and jests, Marcus' occasional slip into his native Texan accent when he gets excited, and the occasional from-behind-the-scenes remark of Travis. If you've listened to the episodes on these nine murderous monsters, there's not a lot of new information to get. However, like many episodes, Marcus's well-crafted narration is peppered by his co-hosts' funny commentary and off-color jokes, which is what keeps an otherwise bleak and graphic subject matter interesting to the reader/listener. Tom Neely's illustrations helped bring additional comedic relief to the series of tragedies covered, which complemented the guys' style of macabre commentary-meets-comedy style. In summary, if you don't already like LPOTL, you probably won't find this book entertaining to read, whereas if you already like LPOTL, you'll probably enjoy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brian Garthoff

    Tasteless jokes and serial killers. It’s an odd pairing but a familiar one to anyone who is coming to The Last Book on the Left from The Last Podcast on the Left. The book itself is pretty solid overall, with lots of information and a basic rundown of some of the more popular serial killers who went out there a-murdering. They state early that Marcus handled most of the actual writing and facts, while Henry and Ben mostly just chime in for jokes and small segments. Most of it is very on brand, b Tasteless jokes and serial killers. It’s an odd pairing but a familiar one to anyone who is coming to The Last Book on the Left from The Last Podcast on the Left. The book itself is pretty solid overall, with lots of information and a basic rundown of some of the more popular serial killers who went out there a-murdering. They state early that Marcus handled most of the actual writing and facts, while Henry and Ben mostly just chime in for jokes and small segments. Most of it is very on brand, but some of the jokes don’t quite land in this format or are weirdly basic at times. For example, a mere “fuck you” or a single line about being terrified. Most of the humor is basically on par with the podcast though and I did find myself laughing here and there. One particularly odd line (that did not appear to be a joke) about how “Dahmer’s attraction to decay is not his fault” stood out to me as a REALLY stupid point to try to make in an otherwise good close to the chapter/book. Other than that, I thought they did a good job of recreating their specific type of content in book form. If they decide to run it back and do another slew of slayers, I’d be sure to check it out. Unless, of course, they decide to put that book out on Spotify exclusively and totally alienate members of their fanbase. Kidding...sort of...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    I've never even listened to any instalments of Last Podcast on the Left but I've heard of it and figured I'd give the book a try and I wasn't disappointed. Last Book on the Left gives a summary of a handful of notorious serial killers, with a helping of darkly humorous skits/jokes throughout each chapter. Clearly perfect for those with a dark sense of humour. The book covers 9 serial killers. Some really high profile ones and one that I'd honestly never heard of but was so intrigued by. I really e I've never even listened to any instalments of Last Podcast on the Left but I've heard of it and figured I'd give the book a try and I wasn't disappointed. Last Book on the Left gives a summary of a handful of notorious serial killers, with a helping of darkly humorous skits/jokes throughout each chapter. Clearly perfect for those with a dark sense of humour. The book covers 9 serial killers. Some really high profile ones and one that I'd honestly never heard of but was so intrigued by. I really enjoyed this! I listened to the audiobook while reading the book and I definitely think the audio adds to it. I definitely need more true crime in this format!

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