Review: The Last Days of August (Audible Original)
The polar vortex hit Pittsburgh so I lit some candles, made some tea, and fired up the latest Audible Original THE LAST DAYS OF AUGUST.
This particular story wasn’t actually a book. Instead, Audible stitched together a series of podcasts done by Jon Ronson as he explored the suicide of adult film star August Ames.
He came to the story thinking it was about one thing (cyberbullying), but quickly found the threads took him elsewhere (mental health in the porn industry).
The story never quite finds a cohesive narrative thread, but to be fair this type of story doesn’t really have a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, he’s piecing together bits and pieces of August’s life through the lens of people who themselves are badly damaged.
That structure made it difficult to follow at times since the interviews felt redundant and the narrative story would grind to a halt. (But I did like the not-so-subtle digs he took at true crime podcasts that treat its subjects only as narrative tools.)
While not my favorite Original, I did like that it broke from what is fast becoming a standard, serial podcast.