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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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  • 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.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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.

44 of 50 people found this review helpful

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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.

223 of 262 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

46 of 54 people found this review helpful

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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!

101 of 123 people found this review helpful

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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?

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Still a mystery

A well-intentioned story of an unsolved murder in rural Ireland 20 years ago. It's not a standard true crime podcast. The focus is on I a man who becomes the chief suspect but is never charged and continues to live in the community. It's an interesting story but dwells on this odd guy and for most of the story the victim is forgotten. There's no resolution so the mystery remains.

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 02-13-18

ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

An interesting account of a murder investigation by Irish police of an arrogant Englishman accused of murder in Cork County, Ireland. Although slow in the beginning, the audiobook soon picks up speed and keeps the listener engaged. Definitely worth an Audible credit.

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Different

I think I like the new format but it takes some getting used to. I don’t like the credits at the end of each chapter as it interrupts ones train of thought. It is a unique way of listening to a story with many different voices. Will take some time to get used to.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-24-18

Mazing

It was on the best pieces of journalism I've ever experienced. The detail/tragedy/characters were amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-18

Gripping listening

This is a gripping and absorbing production that I got sucked into straight away and found myself binge listening to. Excellent!

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  • Graham Just
  • 05-15-18

Not my cup of tea

I couldn’t get into this one at all
Just didn’t stick with me
Novel style with interviews etc but did not hold me
Did not finish it

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  • Samira
  • 05-13-18

Stranger and more disturbing than fiction

Fascinating and disturbing insight into human nature after a brutal murder in Ireland. Starting locally, this true story eventually takes on international dimensions. Compelling tale with so many 'If only' moments ... so strange at times it's hard to credit that this truth not fiction. At the time I finished listening it appears that the trial in France will begin early 2019 so I will be following it with interest. Thanks Jennifer and Sam for this production.

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  • Miss
  • 05-09-18

interesting presentation

Never listened to podcast before, so enjoyed the variety of mediums to tell a story. Saddened that the murder was overshadowed by a textbook psychopath, and journalists appeared corralled to feed the attention he desired. Possibly a rename of the series would have made this more satisfying, than having the sinking feeling that Sophie's life and her justice was used as a pedestal for an attention seeker.