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West Cork

Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,084 ratings)
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Join the real-life hunt for answers

The chilling true crime audio series that leaves you questioning everything you know
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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.

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

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West Cork

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Like 'Serial' done in Ireland

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

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Brilliant

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

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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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Murderinos and true crime junkies will LOVE this.

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

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Intriguing

Was a well told story. Must of been hard to tell a story that still has no ending.

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utterly boring. don't waste your money.

Entirely boring and unresolved drivel, that just wanders around the same point continuously and inconclusively.
Totally unfulfilling and utter waste of money. Simply a poor choice of subject attempting to cash in on the true crime market.

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Kept coming back

Story well put together, riveting. I couldn't stand the "main character", I was put off by his everything, but I wanted to know more. Poor poor Sophie. It's far from a happy time listening to this, but well done nevertheless.

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Riveting true crime podcast

Very well edited true crime podcast, explores the details of a crime which still haunts Ireland over 20 years later, with incredible interviews with some of the main protagonists in the story. Highly recommended!

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Amazing!

Gripping story that I had to finish in one sitting! Makes you also want to go to West Cork

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  • Ann
  • 13-02-2018

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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  • Ilia
  • 07-03-2018

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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  • Sara Lopez
  • 09-02-2018

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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  • L. A. Smith
  • 06-03-2018

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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  • Lindsey Soliday
  • 09-02-2018

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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  • Dewese
  • 28-02-2018

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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  • Wayne
  • 08-02-2018

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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  • Daniel Willis
  • 08-02-2018

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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  • Anon y. mous
  • 01-03-2018

Yes, it's a podcast. Get over it.

These bad reviews are the epitome of First World Problems. So many seem to be angry/bothered that this is a not a traditional audiobook but a podcast, but I really don't understand this complaint. It was free at the time of this review and more importantly it was as engaging or more than a traditional format true crime book. Seems like people are basically complaining because they've including actual interview clips and given how much they add to the story, I don't see that as a valid complaint. Similarly, the credits at the end of the chapters whiners. The way people were going on about them I thought they were going to be some 2-3 minute thing. They're literally a 30 second or less blurb. You hit the 30-second fast forward button if they bother you that much and you're on to the next.

Now onto the real review. This was a story I knew nothing about, but captivating to learn about. The characters and twists are like something out of an English dinner party mystery, but of course, given it actually happened, far less "quaint" than those. Superbly done and couldn't be more engaging. A true gem from Audible.

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  • Maximus Decimus
  • 11-02-2018

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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  • Jessica Abrams
  • 07-12-2018

Worth your time

An excellent example of storytelling, incorporating voices of those involved with the narrative and goal of finding the truth and remembering our fragile humanity.

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  • Stephen McKenna
  • 05-09-2018

Gripping. Mesmerising.

I couldn’t stop listening once I started. The journalists work is unbelievable and their narration is excellent