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West Cork Radio/TV Program

West Cork

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Phillip 22/02/2018
    Phillip 22/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Complex human experiences authentically related"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K L Smith 21/02/2018
    K L Smith 21/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Murderinos and true crime junkies will LOVE this. "

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 20/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "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).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 20/02/2018
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 15/02/2018
    Maggie 15/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 15/02/2018
    15/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting "

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 13/02/2018
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    "An enthralling and engaging podcast"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dermot Naughton 12/02/2018
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    "I didn't want it to end"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    meredith australia 11/02/2018
    meredith australia 11/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    louisecross 11/02/2018
    louisecross 11/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "riveting"

    I couldn't stop listening, riveting case, exemplary research, very well told.
    Highly recommend even if you are not usually a true crime reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Novaman
    16/02/18
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sara Lopez
    9/02/18
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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.

    88 of 99 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Willis
    8/02/18
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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.

    49 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen
    14/02/18
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    "Well done!"
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    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!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey Soliday
    9/02/18
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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
  • Maximus Decimus
    Denver, CO
    11/02/18
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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!

    57 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • Jody Beal
    14/02/18
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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.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    8/02/18
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    "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.

    67 of 84 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa M Eisenhart
    11/02/18
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    "Too much rantings of a narcissistic poet"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the idea of this series but found the implementation of it annoying. I finished and am disappointed that I did. It should have been shorter and with better sound quality. I enjoyed Sam and Jennifer, the presenters of the story.

    The main suspect is a narcissistic poet. Yes, he has a nice voice and is articulate, but he's irritatingly bizarre. This series should be represented as HIS story, not as mystery surrounding a woman's murder. Far too much of the facts were as reported or rebutted by the main suspect. I became so tired of his perspective and attention seeking behaviors.

    I felt that the victim's life and personhood were grossly unaddressed. We learn very little of her or her family. Her husband and child are barely found in the many hours of listening. Rather than investigating her murder, the series seemed to focus on the woes of the man accused of her murder.

    I had problems with the volume leveling and sound quality. I understand the problems with recording someone speaking while outside, in the wind, with geese and chickens vocalizing nearby. It seems improbable that one would select those conversations to be added to the production. It's not as though the information imparted in those conversations was so significant. I often had to stop, go back, raise the volume, and re-listen to many segments. As an avid listener, I despise having to do this.



    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More details about the police investigation. More details of the life and family of the murdered woman. Much less of the ramblings of the accused murderer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sam and Jennifer, the "Narrators" were great. Production quality of their voices was perfect. Of course, I wish for better volume leveling and sound quality of the recordings of others speaking. I did like the music. I felt it enhanced the presentation.


    Was West Cork worth the listening time?

    Not to me. I felt I just spent a day listening to someone blather on about himself.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the format and the presenters. Perhaps they can give it another go with a more compelling story in the future.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • D. McIntyre
    OH
    18/02/18
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    "The murderer who enjoyed himself too much"
    Would you try another book from Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde and/or Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde ?

    No


    Would you recommend West Cork to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, really annoying format and many questions not explored, the journalists keep repeating who they are etc. after every episode and it became about him with lots of bizarre interviews and not the actual murder case.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde ?

    noone


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

    the above repetition and the fawning questions.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt sorry for the victim-- she is lost in all of this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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