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[Contains sensitive content] On a warm evening in a small Mexican border town, men and women started disappearing. Local officials were warned to stay away and when it was all done, up to 200 people were gone. The Making of a Massacre is five-part true story detailing how well-intentioned efforts to curtail the drug trade by the US and Mexican governments had devastating effects. Led by ProPublica’s award-winning journalist Ginger Thompson and featuring true to life performances by notable actors Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Alana del la Garza, Clifton Collins Jr. and Snow Tha Product, listeners will hear how a town was caught in the crossfire of the drug war. When you add Making of a Massacre to your library you will receive all 5 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 25 minutes.

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Listen to a Snippet From These Episodes

How a drug cartel signs up new members.
What does it feel like when dark forces seize control of your town?
The DEA looks to arrest the wife of a cartel member.
“Don’t go near there, or they’ll take you, too.”

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  • Ep. 1: The Takeover (Making of a Massacre)
  • How a drug cartel signs up new members.
  • Ep. 1: The Takeover (Making of a Massacre)
  • What does it feel like when dark forces seize control of your town?
  • Ep. 2: The Operation (Making of a Massacre)
  • The DEA looks to arrest the wife of a cartel member.
  • Ep. 5: The Aftermath (Making of a Massacre)
  • “Don’t go near there, or they’ll take you, too.”
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OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY!

I thought it was exceptionally made and I honestly have no complaints. Everything about it was absolutely brilliant! Highly suggest it if you enjoy suspenseful, investigative documentaries

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Great story

This is like a movie for your ears. Some of the actors are better than others, but it's a wonderful listen!

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 08-06-18

A No Holds Barred Tale of a Massacre

This was an excellent series detailing the true story of a drug investigation gone horribly wrong. Pro Publica reporter Ginger Thompson spent a great deal of time investigating this story. She relates her investigation with her interviewee responses read by actors. The mistakes of several DEA agents led to a massacre in a Mexican town. At times chilling, this is a must listen that informs the listener of how drug investigations are handled regarding cartels. The performances were excellent. This one will stay with you.

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Good overall, production needs work

Good overall. If you enjoyed this, I can't recommend enough the Power of the Dog series by Don Winslow. That aside, it was interesting, especially since it was non-fiction. The production was mediocre for an Audible Original. The would play music at almost the same volume as a narrator at points, and occasionally that music would have vocals, which made understanding the narrator at times near impossible. I enjoyed it overall, but they went a little too heavy on the production. I'd recommend it though, just make sure you have you attention very well devoted to it, as parts of it can be difficult to understand if you aren't really focused on it.

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  • Simon
  • 05-14-18

An Utterly Barbaric Tale

This is genuinely an amazing story where truth is actually more evil than fiction. I have seen much less extreme stories in fictional thrillers described as being unrealistic. It's an unbelievably tragic story of oppression, corruption and unrestrained violence. The fact that it can happen in the modern day will seem almost inconceivable to most of us in the UK but is unfortunately a reality for some.

The production values are as you would expect very strong but to me some of it seemed overly dramatic in tone. The story is an incredible one in its own right so introducing the chapters in the same tone as an action movie trailer and so on really isn't needed. Maybe it does help for a US audience, I couldn't say, but it did take a little of the impact away for my personal tastes.

That said, it is a story that needed to be told, and it needs to be heard so if you have a couple of hours free take the time. just don't expect any faith you have in the goodness of humanity to survive unscathed.

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  • David NI
  • 08-06-18

Excellent

This is a thought provoking and disturbing piece of journalism. It is frightening to see the way in which a drug cartel moved into a rural town and affected the lives of everyone who lived there. The ruthlessness of the cartel is truly shocking. Well worth a listen.

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  • AdamGR
  • 06-30-18

What happens when psychopaths have power

Sad and shocking tale from the war on drugs. America's role in the deaths of many innocent people. I feel sorry for ordinary Mexicans who have to live with the corruption and power mad cartels. Sheds some light on something both th American and Mexican Government are reluctant to talk about.

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  • Pete
  • 07-16-18

Horrifying.

Really enjoyed this. Terrifying in its detail and frustratingly tragic in how avoidable the event was. Well written and investigated and really enjoyed the production. I picked Cheech and Danny's voices as well! It was quite eye-opening in how such a criminal take over of a society can affect the innocent bystanders left with no options when those in authority refuse to do their job. I think once you're taking payments or making millions you have no defence. Many should be jailed for failing their community.

Sympathies to the families. Thank you for making this story.

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