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The Last Days of August
- By: Jon Ronson
- Narrated by: Jon Ronson
- Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
- Original Recording
In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.
a healing masterpiece
- By A. M. on 01-04-19
A strange listen that accomplished nothing
I felt dirty listening to this at times. There really doesn’t feel like there is much of an actual story here. We’re left with a troubled girl and a guy who may or may not be a bad boyfriend/husband. Dissecting Kevin’s life doesn’t seem fair after the fact when the one person who could really comment isn’t here to do so. Jon Ronson and team does his homework well and covers all of the bases you’d expect but at the end of the listen there’s really nothing to tell except a broken girl committed suicide. There isn’t an eye opening moment that’s going to cure suicide in the porn industry, there’s no real moment that even answers what August’s motivation really was (outside of an accumulation of emotional trauma). We’re left dissecting Kevin who may be guilty of being an emotionally distant husband. I’m left at the end of this production asking why and wondering what was actually accomplished with this story. The only answer I’m left with is nothing.
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