The Last Days of August

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About This Audio Show

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.

In The Last Days of August, Ronson unravels the never-before-told story of what caused this beloved 23-year-old actress’ untimely death.

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P) 2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Listen to Clips from The Last Days of August

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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. 

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC

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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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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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Tragic

This is a tragic story told in a fairly balanced manner. Unfortunately, the death of August Ames was not the first nor will it be the last in the porn industry. It is a sad reality that porn is here to stay and it will continue to attract, for the most part poor and naive girls and women who are unaware of the pitfalls awaiting them.

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