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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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  • Michelle Shepherd-Wotton
  • 2018-02-11

The Mystery Remains

For the family of Sophie, I extend heartfelt condolences that this crime has given you no closure. I've listened several hours in and it's left me feeling sorry for Ian. The guards are taking pains to make him fit, because he's the odd man out. I recognize Ian as a man with Asperger's someone who doesn't fit in and in a crowd he dons an 'entertainer' behaviour to deal with the situations. Not fitting in doesn't make him a killer.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-13

Absolutely mesmerizing

One of the best true crime podcasts out there. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-17

True crime presented in a podcast style

Loved this audio book. it is presented in a podcast style with interviews of the real characters sprinkled through. well worth it if you love true crime stories.

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  • Madeleine
  • 2018-02-16

Quite fascinating, thanks Audible!

A riveting documentary about a murder, the effects on the community, and the fluidity of truth!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-16

Weirdly interesting

I didn’t think much of the story at first, but could soon not put it down. It’s intriguing. Good audio and well put together story. You have to be ready for an unfinished puzzle, but it was interesting hearing all these possibilities and comments.

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  • Levi
  • 2018-02-15

sad

What a sad happening. For all those effected I hope for truth and closure to come forth.

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  • Dani
  • 2018-02-15

Really well explored

A sad story that’s well told. Great narrators with an in depth look at all aspects of the crime, investigation and suspect.

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  • JD AmazonPrime Customer
  • 2018-02-13

Feeling so torn...and sad.

Absolutely DESPERATE to get through it, to see what the story unveiled, when it was all told. It was magnificent! Am utterly captivating series from start to finish! What a story! I listened to it for a FULL DAY!!! Curled up with my 3 wee dogs, wrapped up with a cozy blanket by the roaring fire at home here in Canada... with endless cuppa of tea! Brilliantly laid out series. Well put together. Just utterly captivating. The description made my homesick for Ireland though, despite the actual story itself. I could nearly smell the good Sea Air!!. Well done indeed...
Just sad all around.
A... MUST LISTEN 10+ Stars

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  • Jody Beal
  • 2018-02-14

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lindsey Soliday
  • 2018-02-09

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!

78 of 92 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara Lopez
  • 2018-02-09

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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  • Maximus Decimus
  • Denver, CO
  • 2018-02-11

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!

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-02-08

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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  • Novaman
  • 2018-02-16

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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  • Ellen
  • 2018-02-14

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!

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  • shenzileigh
  • 2018-02-18

very disappointing

So hated the distracting background mumbling. The story could have been told in 2 hours and never did have an ending.

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  • jimbobboy
  • 2018-02-17

really onerous listen.

felt like a bad merry-go-round, you hate the guy for his narcissistic behavior, yet also there is some doubt as to his guilt. difficult listen

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  • Machobo
  • 2018-02-17

Boring and pointless . . .

What disappointed you about West Cork?

It was boring. In some ways, I guess it takes talent to make a murder story boring, but it's not a talent that I relish.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde ’s performances?

No - very much doubt it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from West Cork?

Some of the repeats could have been cut, but they weren't really all the objectionable. It was just too much of a jumble for me.

Any additional comments?

I know that a lot of people have said they like this book, but it missed it's mark with me on almost every level. To each his own, but the very last thing I want when I listen to a narrative is to be bored.

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