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The Making of a Massacre

Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)
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Summary

[Contains sensitive content] In March 2011, gunmen from one of the most violent drug trafficking cartels in the world swept through a small Mexican border town, leaving behind dozens of disappearances and deaths. This series follows ProPublica's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ginger Thompson as she investigates an instance where America's war on drugs had devastating civilian consequences. The Making Of A Massacre includes interviews with surviving townspeople, officials, and cartel members – voices of some townspeople have been narrated by actors in translation – and is particularly timely given Trump’s aggressive and erratic threats to clamp down on groups like MS-13.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add The Making of a Massacre to your library, you'll get all 5 episodes, each with a runtime of about 25 minutes.

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Critic reviews

"Ginger Thompson's highly anticipated podcast... lives up to the hype." (The Guardian)

"The podcast is a necessary one; no authorities in Mexico have ever been held to account." (The Observer)

"Hearing the voices of the people involved, as well as the translated transcripts read by actors, connects us more intimately and urgently to an unimaginable situation." (The New Yorker)

"Thompson's access to those at the centre of the investigation is impressive, though perhaps more striking is her ability to persuade the still shell-shocked residents of Allende to share their stories." (Financial Times)

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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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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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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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not for me

too noisy and confusing. I couldn't get into it and was glad I didn't use a credit

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Interesting but let down by sound issues

Interesting though horrific story. Some of the witness testimony was way too faint and hard to hear. Difficult to understand why when it is being voiced by actors but a lot of them were faint and had music or the original Spanish in the background making it difficult to understand what the person was saying, especially in the last episode.

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Humans are evil

Sometimes the cruelty of humans and their blindness to the real twisted horror of the world is shocking. I read this as I wanted to learn more about it. I heard nothing about it where I live and the fact that people try and bury this, hide the full horror worries me. We are not perfect and never will be but the cruelty of the cartels and the depth of their corruption saddens me. A must read if you can stomach it. Can be a little slow at times.

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Very very touching and anger inducing.

Well made but hurts to the core what humans are capable of. Puts life in perspective.

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Heartbreaking story

This telling was a moderately sympathetic narrative of a horrific set of events in a corrupt government system. It is a story which is ultimately about human beings being unwilling to take responsibility for decisions with drastic consequences and hiding behind the mask of institutions and buck passing.

I found the narrator a skilled interviewer but somehow lacking in empathy for the victims of this horror.

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  • stuartjash
  • 29-06-18

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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  • Charles
  • 14-05-18

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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  • Laura Cepeda
  • 16-05-18

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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  • Admiralu
  • 06-08-18

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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  • Anton P.
  • 05-05-19

Mind blowing

I didn’t know what to expect, it went over the expectation, it’s captivating and an eye opener. I highly recommend this story!

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  • Walter Franco
  • 18-04-19

Mind-blowing!

Not only impressed with the story, but also the actors impersonating the real figures. Simply amazing!

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  • Heather Sivret
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So sad and senseless deaths

The narrator and the voice actors were excellant. this is a great listen. I would recommend it to everyone but it did make me want to cry by the end.

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