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A strange listen that accomplished nothing

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Reviewed: 01-04-19

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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