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This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

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

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  • Ilia
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 03-07-18

EXCELLENT.

Wow. I am so impressed. I downloaded this on a lark, just trying to support Audible Originals and was BLOWN AWAY. I can’t stop talking about it. I tell everyone at work. By episode 4 I had full goose bumps. Beautifully researched. Beautifully plotted. Beautifully executed. Highly recommended.

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This is a Podcast not a book.

Would you listen to West Cork again? Why?

Yes! It is wonderful - However, audible readers may not be familiar with podcasts and will be concerned with the very different format. I am a voracious podcast consumer and I would list this as among the very best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of West Cork?

I think hearing the real voices of the citizens and investigators of West Cork. Especially as an American who had no idea of this case.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

They are not characters but real people. They were all excellent.

If you could give West Cork a new subtitle, what would it be?

Real Crime Podacast

Any additional comments?

Please give this format a try it is excellent and the editing is superb.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 03-11-18

Terrific Tale!

I REALLY liked this podcast! Not only is it a mesmerizing story, but the way it was put together kept my interest throughout. The only thing I didn't like (because I listen to multiple sections of the podcast at a time) was the minute or so intro between each, citing the producers, authors, etc. But I just hit the advance 30 second button twice and that took care of the issue. True crime, small Irish village, gossip, rumors, quirky folks, incompetent police, and more. Would love more of this type of offering.

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Captivating and compelling

An intriguing murder case revolves around Ian Bailey, a mysterious Englishman living in rural Ireland.

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Fascinating and Disturbing

Well done, and addictive in its search for truth that leads to more uncertainty and doubt.

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If Serial Met Broadchurch...

Yes, this is a podcast, not a book. So what? It's brilliant! A moving, compelling story of a murder and justice as yet unsatisfied. What could be more gripping than hearing the tale told from so many angles by the people who experienced it first hand and a couple of narrators who cared enough about the story to spend three years to bring it life.

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Excellent Narrative Podcast

Would you listen to West Cork again? Why?

Not the type of program that warrants replaying, more like once it's over you'll research people, places, and events for more information.

What did you like best about this story?

The quality of the presentation. The timeline of the events are presented and portrayed in such a manner that it's easy to follow, analyze, and play out your own theories. The soundtrack and editing only compound the profoundness to each series of events further pulls you in. If you want a story with an ending, listen to a book, this is something different entirely and certainly a quality piece of work.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not one in particular. Altogether they are greater than the sum of their parts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not emotional, but it was certainly something I would think about long after my listening sessions had ended.

Any additional comments?

It's free, why not?

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Still curious...

...I am left wondering why anyone would find the ‘main suspect’ as suspect. To me it seemed others were not looked at or they were thrown out to soon. Who ever murdered her, it had to be someone who knew her because it was a passionate murder and those usually occur with people close to a victim. Seems to me that Mr Bailey is clearly a scapegoat...especially with all the errors made.

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  • Dewese
  • Petal, MS, United States
  • 02-28-18

Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

Would you listen to West Cork again? Why?

Absolutely, I listened to West Cork each day on my commute to and from work which is only about 20 minutes. It was so captivating and I couldn't wait to get back to hear the next part.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I so wanted to believe that Ian was the murderer but then his personality swayed me into thinking he was innocent, then suddenly I would say..Oh No he definitely did it. I kept changing my mind and I still have not made up my mind.

Which character – as performed by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde – was your favorite?

Both were awesome.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Most interesting is the fact that a woman can live with a man that abuses her year after year and is a suspect is a murder and she continue to stay. The day he ripped my lip off would have been enough for me. Thats not love, sorry. She is afraid of him and what he could do to her, especially when he was younger.

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Not What I Was Expecting, but I Got Hooked

Not at all what I expected, but very interesting look at an ongoing investigation into a tragic crime. This is not a crime drama or a true crime book. This is an audio documentary following a real crime committed in a small, idyllic Irish town, akin to an episode Cold Case Files or Cold Justice...just without the video aspect. I got hooked right away and finished it in 2 days. Definitely worth listening to!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

Unnecessarily dragged out

Just like most true crime docos.. too much anticipation building too much unnecessary details and little actual investigation and deduction, let alone smart plot twists.

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  • Lena H.
  • 03-16-18

Dreadful

Impossible to listen to because music is played throughout. Very disappointing . I tried to follow the story which might have been ok but the music was too distracting. It's a book. Not a CD.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-18

A disappointing and amateurish treatment of a deeply troubling case

This is my first disappointment with Audible — I can see why it was free, because it compares poorly with other true crime podcasts of a much higher calibre. The reporters are not brave or well-informed enough to tackle the really interesting question, which is the colossal mismanagement of the murder investigation by the gardai, and so they resort to a simplistic portrayal of the Irish as parochial and bigoted. This bears no relation to my experience of living in Ireland as a foreigner, and it obscures the real and serious material of the case. The podcast is poorly structured, far too long, shows abysmal interview technique and lacks both research and dispassion. It only became interesting in the final two hours, and should have been less than half the length for the amount of substantive material covered. It doesn’t matter whether you think Ian Bailey is guilty; this is a poorly-framed narrative which sheds no light on the case and offers nothing of value to a listener interested in either the case itself or the effects of the case on Ireland and Irish society. They make the point that Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family has been short-changed by the legal process in Ireland, but I think they are equally short-changed by this sort of amateurish production. Whatever this is, it’s not serious reportage.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-18

West Cork

Excellent. Well researched and produced. Very much like the first season of Serial with Irish accents.

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  • Kevin Crowley
  • 03-15-18

Brilliant

Guilty or not the Irish justice system has failed both the French lady and those most hurt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-28-18

Like 'Serial' done in Ireland

Loved this one. Well produced. Hooked from episode one. It follows the Serial podcast format.

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  • K L Smith
  • 02-21-18

Murderinos and true crime junkies will LOVE this.

✅ well researched
✅ well written
✅ well produced
✅ fair and balanced
✅ enthralling story

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  • Nikhil
  • 04-26-18

A great audiobooks with excellent narration

This is my first audiobook, recommended by a friend and it was very interesting. I had different expectations and was plesently surprised by this narration. By the end I couldn't stop listening and completed it at one stretch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-18

very interesting listening

great stuff by these guys was hooked straight away. highly recommend listening to this audi book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-18

If you love Serial....

A terrible crime, still unsolved. So many twists and turns. Easy to listen to. A+