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  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Show
  • Release date: 07-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: West Cork, Audible Original
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (171 ratings)

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.
©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC
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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)
"Is West Cork the new Serial? No, this murder mystery is far better." (The Times)
"Ripe for bingeing" (The Guardian)
"Properly reported... well made... the sense of place is very good.... It reminds me of what I think is the best true crime podcast, In The Dark." (New Statesman)
Time magazine named West Cork as one of the 50 best podcasts in the world.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 28-07-18

Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

This is a story about the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a young French woman who was staying in West Cork. She was brutally killed on a lonely country road and as yet despite the passing years no-one has been brought to account for it. What unfolds is a fascinating story of conflicting evidence and a quite shambolic police investigation. The program involves interviews with many of the people involved and some particularly eye-opening recorded conversations. The story is compelling, the characters involved fascinating, the reporting excellent.

Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde have produced a most thoroughly researched documentary, they have spent significant time putting this together and it shows. They deliver an excellent feeling for the location and get quite intimate with the prime suspect Ian who is genuinely fascinating. Without giving too much away his behaviour will at times have you developing all manner of opinions about him. It becomes easy to understand that he doesn't do himself any favours while at the same time the investigation into the case and the behaviour of the others involved, especially the police is often equally bizarre.

Bungey and Forde stay professional throughout, leading their audience carefully through the evidence without trying to direct opinion, it's a very fine line they tread. Their extremely erudite presentation coupled with all the source material gained over countless interviews is sympathetic to all concerned; Ian: the victim's family and even some of the rather erratic witnesses and police officers.

This has to be the best of the Audible documentaries that I have listened to and the recently added Aftershow hints their might be more to come. I would certainly be interested in that!

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 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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33 of 39 people found this review helpful

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