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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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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.

44 of 48 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.

67 of 77 people found this review helpful

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Well done!

Any additional comments?

Many thanks to Bungey and Forde for an extremely well researched, written, and produced podcast. Each of the many characters on all sides have a full chance to be heard, using an astonishing wealth of first-person audio. The listener is given ample material to think about and discuss, and is not manipulated or steered in any direction.

I imagine some Audible subscribers may not be too familiar with the new and rapidly evolving conventions of episodic podcasts. West Cork is a perfect introduction to how great they can be. Congratulations to Audible for not trying to distort this into a something more like an audiobook.

If the quality is this good, I can't wait for more Audible podcasts. My only hope is that Audible sets the price point well, given that so much of the competition is free. As an avid podcast fan, I'd happily pay $5 for this, but give it a pass at $20.

Thanks for the nice supplementary content too!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A great listen if you like True Crime shows

Where does West Cork rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd rank this audiobook 8 of 10 for most interesting subject matter. I love watching true crime shows but listening to this book exceeded my expectation. Sam and Jennifer did a great job to provide not only the story but keep you intrigued and second guessing along the way.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the narration and actual audio from the people involved was fascinating and I was captivated the entire time. The narrators were very careful not to allow their own opinions on the case slant the information they presented one way or the other.

Any additional comments?

I'd love to see more audio books presented in this same way, with real people about real events in time.

24 of 28 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!

88 of 105 people found this review helpful

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Unique approach to audio books, worth a try!

This isn't your typical audiobook, but instead an audio documentary, if you will, with recorded interviews, replays of news broadcasts, and the like.

It's well narrated, and we'll structured, but there were two things that irked me:

1. Breaking this into 13 30-minute "episodes" made for a very repetitive and redundant reciting of the cast and crew. This should either be eliminated altogether, or condensed onto fewer episodes. Hearing the production info so frequently was very annoying.

2. The story spends 95% of the time discussing the main suspect. I was really hoping for a little more investigative reporting around the alternative theories, instead of just a mere mention.

Overall, it's well worth a listen, especially at the $0 it cost me!

56 of 67 people found this review helpful

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Well done but not my cup of tea.

Had high hopes but fell short for me.
You may like it. For me it droned on too long.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-08-18

Fascinating!

I have listened to only 7 of the 13 episodes, but I will complete this audio book. This true crime story is fascinating. My significant complaint with this 13 episode book is that the credits are repeated after each and every episode. The setting is County Cork which is the most southwest part of Ireland. Cork city, the county government seat, is a reasonable size city of 120,000 population and it has an airport. The town of Blarney with its famous stone is a few miles north of Cork city, so the area is a popular tourist destination. West Cork, the area where the murder was committed, consists of several peninsulas that jut into the Atlantic Ocean. West Cork is a relatively primitive area more than 50 miles from Cork city. When I was there it in 1996 it was most assuredly not a tourist destination. The word remote comes to mind.

The West Cork murder series reminds me to ask the question, "What do I want/expect from Audible?" My personal answer is a very wide selection of audio books at a reasonable cost. Audible's credit system suits me perfectly; however I would like to see another membership level which offers more credits than Platinum Annual at a slightly lower price per credit. I'd like to purchase 50 or even 100 credits at one time. What I appreciate most about Audible is that I can purchase new releases from major publishing houses for a single credit which costs less than the cost of the same book in any other format. For example, the recently released Look for Me by Lisa Gardner cost me one Audible credit ($9.56) while the Kindle version sells for $13.99 and the dead tree versions start at $17.70 at Amazon. I also appreciate the cost advantages for many Audible books offered by Kindle Unlimited membership.

There are 2050 titles in my Audible library and I have borrowed 180 additional Audible titles with Kindle Unlimited. I love audio books and I love Audible because of the range of titles and the pricing. I speak only for myself when I write that the Audible extras such as Channels and Audible Originals offer little of interest to me.

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Bad

I really tried to like it but just couldn't get there, so disappointing Definitely not a book I would recommend.

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Just Bad

Without question is the worse thing I’ve ever listened to. It’s nothing but recordings of people saying the same thing over and over again. There is no storyline, nothing to build tension and the narrator’ writing is atrocious. The whole story could have made an interesting 45 mins but they tried to drag it out to 7 hours. If one need seven hours of material, the first would have been setting the scene before the murder. Followed how it was discovered and the initial reactions, filled by a build up of frustration. But they told the whole story, except one thing, in the first 5 mins. Also they should have followed a few people to provide continuity, not “hey how many people can we find to say the exact same thing.” Remember the rule of writing: less is more. The real failure was I never felt a connection to anyone, I never felt anything, I was just told things in a jumbled fashion. Luckily I could listen to if at 2x speed so I only wasted 3 hours.

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  • 02-20-18

Gripping!

I binge listened (back to back over the course of the day) as was super curious to see where this narrative lead. I also enjoyed the performance and the way different information was revealed in different formats (as interviews, news clips and captured audio).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

Compelling, absorbing, once you start you’re lost.

West Cork is a cracker. Even people who know parts of the story won’t believe how this tale has been weaved together and the incredible access the two key journalists have had to the main protagonist. And they also present it even handedly.
It couldn’t be better done. I devoured it like a guilty pleasure.
Geoff Cousins.

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  • Phillip
  • 02-22-18

Complex human experiences authentically related

Human complexity where dark but concrete facts float in a thick sea of multiple experienced 'realities'. Rendered excellently.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-18

Still so much not known!

I have lived in West Cork and this gave me much more of an insight into the case! Thank you!

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  • Maggie
  • 02-15-18

Very interesting

For someone who was 10 when this happened hearing the full details of the story was so interesting and the was was documented

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-18

Riveting

Very good narration and a riveting story. Very well researched. Haunting landscape for a story like this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-18

An enthralling and engaging podcast

Quality maintained throughout, perfectly paced and thoroughly compelling. Highly recommended! Get it while it's free

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  • Dermot Naughton
  • 02-12-18

I didn't want it to end

What a fascinating story and told so well. Throughly enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening.

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  • meredith
  • 02-11-18

true life murder investigation

Would you listen to West Cork again? Why?

The guilt or otherwise of "person on interest" is explored in attempt to uncover the truth in a true life murder mystery. Many mistakes were made by initial police investigators. Some of these are then uncovered by this investigation (reporters Sam Bungey and Jennifer Fforde) during the course of a three year period. The reporters do a wonderful job in accessing people who are able to shed light on evidence which has been overlooked. Some of these people tried to give evidence but were either disregarded by authorities or intimidated by a person intimately involved in the situation.

What did you like best about this story?

Having listened to carefully collated evidence the conclusion is almost inescapable as far as I was concerned. I became less and less sympathetic to the 'person of interest', who is a good example of the old adage that to be a good lier, you need a good memory. He has an O.K. memory, but sounds credible enough, and continues to try and bluff his way through.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The producers or principle narrators remained very open and neutral throughout the investigation. This must have been difficult, because it would be difficult not to come to their own conclusions as the investigation went on.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the way that justice seems to have a way of working itself out over time.The French justice system has now become involved in the case. This apparently dates from the time of Napoleon, when French citizens were distributed far and wide, and the justice system needed to be flexible as a consequence. Consequently the story is continuing to unravel even today as the family of the murdered victim fight for justice.

Any additional comments?

Originally a radio program the recording was turned into an audio book and offered to Audible listeners free of charge. Thankyou Audible for such a generous gesture.