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The Last Days of August

Written by: Jon Ronson
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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The Last Days of August
An onslaught of online hate.
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An insidious secret — or idle gossip?
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The issue with reporting discomfort.
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Jon voices his concerns.
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  • The Last Days of August
  • An onslaught of online hate.
  • The Last Days of August
  • An insidious secret — or idle gossip?
  • The Last Days of August
  • The issue with reporting discomfort.
  • The Last Days of August
  • Jon voices his concerns.

Behind the Scenes with Jon Ronson

''We started to hear rumours of a very different story. For instance, one of the people who piled in on August that day said to me, 'Somebody needs to look at August's relationship with her husband.'''
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Jon Ronson

About the Creator

Jon Ronson is a critically acclaimed journalist, author, and screenwriter who has contributed to publications and broadcasts including This American Life, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Guardian, and more. His full-length nonfiction novels — So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures With Extremists, Lost at Sea, and The Men Who Stare at Goats — have been translated into over 30 languages; many of them have been international best sellers. In 2017, Ronson created and recorded the Audible Original series The Butterfly Effect, a highly-rated production that spent weeks on the top of the audiobook charts and was honoured as a finalist for the 2018 Non-Fiction Audie Award.

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 California's 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 rumours and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story — something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

As an Audio Show — free for members — when you add The Last Days of August to your library, you'll get all 7 episodes, each with a runtime of about 25 minutes.

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 Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) toll-free anytime at 1-833-456-4566. 

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EXCELLENT

What a great piece of journalism this story was! M. Ronson did an incredible job of finding everyone connected to August Ames (Mercedes) and getting them to offer their insights/ details to what type of person she was. Great audiobook as the original interviews with all the parties are included. This story plays out like an episode of Forensic Files. Tragic story with many tragic characters involved. My favourite audiobook on Audible thus far !

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great naration and music

The story is tragic, but it is beautifully told.
it's a "chapter turner" podcast, i had to finish it in one day

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This was a very compelling and sad story

Jon's interview skills are intense. I can't imagine asking all those hard questions. My condolances to her loved ones. Hopefully some things in the industry can change so that these stories are a thing of the past.

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Balanced and fascinating

I love Jon's take on this case. It's not a whodunit but a fascinating portrait into the lives of porn professionals. Jon's voice is very soothing and calming. He has a great way of encouraging people to talk which draws out all the details in this case. Thought the format and structure of this story was great; very easy to follow. Great music choices as well.

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Wish I could remove it from my purchases

At lease I didn’t use a credit to buy this book. It could be that it’s just not my cup of tea, but I couldn’t get past the first chapter.

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Love the story but was annoyed at...

Love the story and how it is told but dislike having the credits and help line advertised at each chapter and then, having to start each chapter. Found this very annoying that I could not listen to more than one chapter without having to start the next and listen to credits again.

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Eye-opening

Excellent look into the adult entertainment industry's dark side. If you think it's "okay" because it's voluntary and no-one gets hurt, then you are sadly mistaken.

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porn industry gossip

I found the journalist's voice and "oh so sincere' approach sleazier than any of the six million porn videos I've watched.

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Sad & Tragic

Definitely did not go in the direction you expect it to, but an excellent exposé on the porn industry and the possible emotional and physical repercussions that may occur with some performers.

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intéresting

story is intriguing and interesting . let's you in a world that can be unknown or misunderstood. deals with mental health issues. great journalism. journalist try to be very ok objective and patient.