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Summary

[Contains Mature Themes] 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.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add West Cork to your library you'll get all 13 episodes, each with a runtime of about 30 minutes.

Update, 10 May, 2018: Bonus episode now included. Join West Cork's creators Sam and Jennifer as they discuss the case and respond to your burning questions.

To dig deeper into the case, click here.

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

Critic reviews

"Your next true crime obsession." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A captivating investigative feature that fans of Serial and Making a Murderer will devour." (Marie Claire)
"Far too often podcasts have rinky-dink production values and flabby editing; this, by contrast, is Netflix-sleek." (The Times)

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A Riveting Account of An Ongoing Mystery

What did you like about this audiobook?

Not only would I listen to it again, I'm urging everyone I know to listen as well. As one who lives in West Cork and who is broadly familiar with the case, I've learned much that I'd not been aware of. For now I've given the podcast 4 stars under the three headings because I'm only a few episodes into it but I have a hunch I'll turn them into 5's by the end.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

This is an exceptionally well-produced and well-written podcast. Bungey and Forde, the producers, deserve all the praise that will surely come their way.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Most definitely.

34 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 11-02-18

Real life crime documentary 5*

I incorrectly assumed this was a ‘fictional’ audio drama, it isn’t though am not disappointed.

West Cork retells the story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s tragic death, using historic audio footage and interviews with most of those involved in the case some 20 years ago. Many of the aspects of the tragedy are so unbelievable, implausible, that I was swept along with utter fascination.

Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde have put together a superb 13-part documentary which is both rivetting and informative.

RIP Sophie Toscan du Plantier

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EXCELLENT

What made the experience of listening to West Cork the most enjoyable?

It gets to the heart of this heart breaking story. They really know how to get people to speak!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes... I couldn't stop listening

Any additional comments?

thank you

25 of 32 people found this review helpful

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You couldn't make it up

Without minimising the horrifically violent murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, this case has more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing!

There's no doubt the main suspect is a violent manipulative man who seems to get off on the attention being a suspect brings him, but did he do it?

The show cleverly unfolds each part in this bizarre series of gaffes and missed opportunities.

The murder may have been over 20 years ago but it's left poor Sophie's family with a never ending nightmare, which is who this story should be about, them and the people who still have to live around the holiday cottage in the stunning area in Co. Cork.

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Addictive listening and flawless narrated

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

West Cork is extremely well compiled. The flow of the story is seamless and the clarity is outstanding. One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ian Bailey was the standout for me. His eccentric personality and deflective nature was as arrogant as it was bemusing.

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

The dual narration of this story played a considerable part in me enjoying the story as much as I did. Both narrators delivery were complimentary to each other and gave you a true feeling of the emotion involved which I personally wouldn't have experienced from the book alone.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One could not help but feel for the family of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The anguish and frustration of the event and the legal proceedings would be unimaginable.

Any additional comments?

Exceptional audiobook.

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  • Rhx
  • Australia
  • 04-03-18

An astonishing tale

Would you consider the audio edition of West Cork to be better than the print version?

I haven't read this book but the audio version weaves such an intriguing soundscape I wonder if much of the atmosphere would be lost in the printed version. Though this is a factual retelling and exploration of a yet unsolved murder it has all the hallmarks of listening to a long traditional piece of fiction. This is an audio series to be savoured.

What was one of the most memorable moments of West Cork?

There were a number of memorable moments but what struck me most were some of the twists that arose. I stood in my kitchen more than once and exclaimed "no way, your joking!" I completely empathise with why the authors spent years working on this story.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

It was low key, very natural, focused and easy to listen to.

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

I think the interviews with the now adult son of the victim were very moving

Any additional comments?

This was fascinating, complex and intelligently told story. West Cork, Ireland in general and the personalities of so many involved in this frustrating case were handled with empathy that gave depth to the interviews. The music is great. All in all, for anyone interested in crime, or true crime, who dislikes the overhyped drama in the genre will find this series to be a quiet gem. It is really wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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Incredible story - what a fiasco!

A police force out of their depth, witnesses who don't know truth from fiction and a prime suspect who's his own worst enemy. Very interesting listen.

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Intriguing, well-made, impossible to put down

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommended for everyone who likes a well-told story. This audiobook has very high production values, making it one of the most enjoyable things I've listened to; everything - the writing, the editing, the original research, and the narration make it an instant classic. A great introduction to Audible Originals. I hope the team which produced this make more audiobooks. Can't fault it.

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Disappointing

This is the story of one suspect rather than the story of an investigation. Midway it just got really frustrating. I got so incredibly fed up with hearing the voice and opinions of the same person (Ian Bailey) on and on. I felt the absence of a strong authorial voice. Very disappointing not to hear more about the forensic investigation (or lack thereof) and other suspects.

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Unmissable

An exceptional piece of work. A must for true crime enthusiasts. Superbly produced, brilliantly researched, utterly enthralling.