• The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (15,240 ratings)

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Publisher's summary

Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

Please note: This audio features sexual content, adult language, and references to suicide and violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Discretion is advised.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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About the Creator and Performer

Jon Ronson's nonfiction books include So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats. They have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers.
Most recently he made the acclaimed, award-winning podcasts Things Fell Apart (BBC), The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August (Audible).
His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and his two TED talks have been watched over 30 million times.
The Psychopath Test spent more than a year on the UK bestseller list.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is frequently cited as having started the conversation about the perils of social media shaming. The book is taught by educators across America and inspired an episode of Black Mirror, Hated in the Nation.
The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney.
Jon’s original screenplays include Okja (Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal) which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank (Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal) which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. Jon also wrote the short e-book Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie.
In the US Jon has contributed to This American Life, the New York Times magazine and GQ. In the UK he’s written regularly for The Guardian. His many documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and the multi award winning BBCRadio 4 programme Jon Ronson On...
He lives in New York. @jonronson.

Our favorite moments from The Last Days of August

An onslaught of online hate
The issue with reporting discomfort
Jon voices his concerns.
  • The Last Days of August
  • An onslaught of online hate
  • The Last Days of August
  • The issue with reporting discomfort
  • The Last Days of August
  • Jon voices his concerns.