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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,605 ratings  ·  711 reviews
Listening Length: 7hr 52mins

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. Inves
Audible Audio, 8 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Audible Originals
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I’m a huge fan of true crime, as well as podcasts, so when this Audible original was offered free for members some time ago I downloaded it. I don’t know why I waited so long to listen, as it was a riveting listen that reads like a thriller.

Presented as a series of podcasts episodes similar in style to Serial, this was a fascinating look into the 1996 unsolved murder of Sophie Tuscan du Plantier, a French citizen who was murdered just days before Christmas outside her vacation home in West Cork,
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-history
West Cork by Sam Bungey is an entertaining and thought provoking "podcast" by Audible into the ongoing investigation of the tragic Murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier who was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her body was discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schul in West Cork.

The is an extremely well researched and well formatted piece of work which just had me captivated from start to finish.
Just to be clear this is not a book but a podcast and an audible Original
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook performed by Sam Bungey &Jennifer Forde. 7h 58m

Wow, this cold case podcast was so riveting. and just as intriguing as those Netflix series such as Making a Murderer and The Keepers. It was also infuriating because the murder happened in 1996 and as often happens the insane amount of drama by witnesses and questions of police procedure overshadow the fact that the victim's family do not have closure. Well researched and a ton of interviews that were each captivating in their own
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an audiobook in the vein of Serial, and similar to that popular podcast, it is very engaging and sad at once. You follow the investigation into a murder of a French woman in Cork in the late 90s. The investigation moves from the time of the murder to the present day, and I found it hard to stop listening, even though I am not really a true crime reader/listener. I don't want to give away the ending, but I did feel a little disappointed in certain respects. Overall, worth listening to, es ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
For a few years in my teens and early twenties, I considered myself a true crime buff. I especially liked the books written from a criminal profiling point of view-like the books of Robert Ressler or John Douglas. I also loved the books of Jack Olsen and still think about them quite often. When I saw WEST CORK was available as a free pre-order, I jumped on it and I'm told it's still free at Audible, in case you're interested.

Knowing going in that this case was still not solved made this a littl
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio
Full review up!
This is an excellent true crime audiobook/podcast!

I’ve loved true crime books, podcasts and television shows for most of my life. So, when I saw that Audible had this for free, I jumped on it. I believe it’s still free until the beginning of May, so if you enjoy this genre, go grab this!

This is a true crime cold case of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. She was considered a “blow in” (foreigner from another country) and had a vacation house near the town of Schull i
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
In celebration of this being my third consecutive 5-star audiobook review, I'm running a giveaway for a 3 month Audible subscription on my my Instagram account through 11:59pm 6/25/18. Good luck!

I seem to be on quite a roll when it comes to audiobooks lately. I'm beginning to know straightaway if it's going to work or not. One of the things I love about Audible is that if it isn't, I can exchange the book, free of charge, for another. Fortunately, I haven't had to do that in a while. West Cork i
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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* A Reader Obsessed *
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2018, not-mm, audio
3.5 Stars

This is basically like an episode of Dateline but instead of ending with a definitive conclusion, this 21 year old cold case still remains open.

Chronicling step by step the events of the brutal death of a French woman while in small town Ireland on holiday, these two journalists unravel unbelievable misconduct in all those involved, showing the many things that went wrong in trying to find justice.

Tragic on all fronts, especially since there are still no conclusive answers as to what h
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
This podcast blew me away.

I am someone with a morbid curiosity and an addictive personality. In the past, I have become enthralled in true crime stories and news events such as this one, and have obsessed over details of cases. The murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is a story that captivated me because it is such an unusual one. The French film producer was beaten to death in a lane beside her holiday home in the bleak and isolated surroundings of Drinane near Tooramore, outside of the village
Danielle McGrath
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to the Sophie Tuscan du Plantier murder whilst reading a review on this podcast on Goodreads. I was only seven years old when Sophie was murdered outside her Holiday home in West Cork. When I mentioned the story to my Mam recently she couldn't believe I hadn't heard about it as it was such a big case here in Ireland.

Sophie, a French producer was beaten to death on the 23rd of December 1996 in Schull, Cork. Although Ian Bailey the main suspect in the case was arrested twic
Angus McKeogh
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff! I’m not the biggest fan of the audiobook format but this was far more similar to a TV show or something of the like. Filled with interviews and investigative journalism. Another great True Crime read. Bumbling and crooked police. An idiot culprit and possible murderer who seeks the limelight at any cost. Another forgotten victim who never receives justice. A demonstration of a system that doesn’t work. False reports. Odd behavior. Spousal abuse. Intrigue over international lines. Th ...more
Ahmad Ardalan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite an audiobook, but closer to a podcast. Nevertheless I enjoyed the storytelling about the crime and all its surrounding in West Cork. The narration was good, the details had depth. Everything was produced in a smart way.
4/5 for me.

Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
"It took some place special and it made it everywhere else, that's what it done. And it hasn't gone away."

I waffled between 3 and 4 stars on this one quite a bit because I love how it's put together—the music, the two different narrators, the slow unraveling of the evidence. It's clear that they're going after fans of Serial, and on the production aspect I think they nailed it, but when it comes to the actual narrative it feels like they ran out of steam.

West Cork is an Audible Original producti
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This starts out in Ireland and a murder that takes place in West Cork, Ireland. We are taken to what happened in that small community and then to the 20th anniversary of it. They are still trying to find the answer to this murder. They go through different peoples perspectives on what happened on that fateful day and if the main suspect was the murderer. The suspect that they have is trying to prove he is innocent.

This is filled with the mystery of what happened to Sophie and the peop
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting short series which kept me listening. Definitely one for fans of podcasts like Serial or TV like making a murderer. Lots of parallels but set in Ireland this time. Very well told too. 4*s
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Could not what author was saying to me, couldn't get into this story.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Facts, when well presented, can be more absorbing than fiction. This audible original is a testimony to that. In an infuriating case of muddled testimonies, over zealous investigators and colorful personalities you are glad you are not the jury.

An unresolved brutal murder twenty years ago in the quaint Irish county of West Cork days before Christmas. The victim - Sophie Toscan, a French producer and a mother of one. The chief suspect - Ian Bailey, the brash Englishman, who is also the key invest
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it

Did Ian Bailey kill the French woman in West Cork Ireland?


Either way it’s shaped his life and he’s refused to leave town.

It’s odd.

This was a fine audiobook for housework. Steady and unremarkable.

(The photo is of actor Peter Wingfield whose voice sounds exactly like Ian’s. The physical description isn’t far off either.)
Jaime Arkin
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio, read-in-2018
Admittedly I'm a true crime junkie - and I love podcasts so this was a no brainer for me to listen.

I wasn't familiar with this case at all when I started it, but I have googled the crap out of it since. It's definitely interesting though it did leave me with a lot of questions when the final chapter finished. As should have been expected as this is still an ongoing case in France.

I liked that the included conversations with the people in Cork as well as the accused.

If you're a true crime list
Heino Colyn
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
What a strange little rollercoaster. I've never read any true crime, didn't know what to expect, but was hooked after the first 15 minutes. So. Addictive. The local police situation was very frustrating as they were constantly ignoring anything that didn't fit the narrative they were so busy writing. But what do I know. All I know is that the French justice system sounds terrifying and maybe a horse did it.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is no literary masterpiece and it bogs down some in the middle, but any book (or audio book) that has me yelling at it, sighing loudly, speechifying and finally throwing my hands up in the air in disgust deserves 5 stars just for the visceral responses.

The most usual:

To Ian, “just shut up - please shut up - and stop talking. Just stop. Stop.”
To Jules, “you need some serious long term therapy, woman”
To “Fiona” - do everyone a favor and throw yourself off a cliff, you self-justifying sack o
Some readers love true crime but I'm not one of them. This story scans two decades. At the center is the murder of a French woman who has a getaway in a remote part of West Cork. The suspected murderer is a British man, who skips from one type of work to another - poet (though mediocre at best) and journalist (his excuse to investigate his own case). Was he suspected because he was an outsider in rural Ireland where "incomers", even urban Irish, are not easily accepted. Or was it because at the ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can rate this. How could I? Should I rate the journalists work? Or the aubible arrangement? Surely not the story since it is simply real life events.
Anyway it is very well made but that doesn't make sure I liked it. I still don't know eho is the culprit or even if there was one!! I have my owb theories but..who knows? I just can say now I'm sure I don't want to ever get arrested in France.. or in Ireland. I hate when police try too hard to convict someone and in the end they made
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Unemployed English poets, French film producers, Irish villagers
Audible's original series have been hit or miss, sometimes reading like little more than an extended series of blog posts or something you'd find on Medium. But West Cork was surprisingly compelling. It's a true crime story about a murder in West Cork, Ireland in 1996, a murder that officially remains unsolved, though the chief suspect has been (depending on your point of view) persecuted and harassed, or flaunting the fact that he got away with it, for the last 20 years. The case is still not e ...more
Cathy Ryan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
West Cork is an Audible Original series of podcast episodes complied by investigative journalist Sam Bungey and his wife, TV researcher and producer Jennifer Forde. They spent three years working on the project which deals with the aftermath of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French TV producer. Sophie was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and her brutally battered body was discovered close to her holiday cottage near the remote town of Schull in western Cork. The case remains un ...more
Marte - Thunderella
Overall: 2 stars
Performance: 2 stars
Story: 2 stars

The good:
- The investigating journalists Sam Bungy and Jennifer Forde, the narrators of this audio-podcasts, have put extensive amount of time and work into this case. It's impressive and admirable.
- The journalists pulls every string of information together and presents a complex case as comprehensible.
- The story of this unsolved murder is intriguing.
- Sam Bungy and Jennifer Forde's voices are nice to listen to.

The bad:
- I disliked the present
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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This was a very interesting story. I still don't know what I think about this. I feel sorry for all the people involved in this. The people who lost a loved one, the man who is accused of her murder, the guys wife/girlfriend who is accused of lying for him. I think it is possible the guy killed her but do I believe beyond a reasonable doubt? No.
If you are into true crime, I would recommend this book. If you like true crime but you don't like a mystery that doesn't have a conclusion and a defini
Diana Long
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Narrated by the authors who are investigative reporters. West Cork is in Ireland and in this quiet serenely beautiful county side one day in 1996 a young French woman was found brutally murdered. The authors take the listeners though the investigation of the crime, which has yet to be resolved and when the different areas are detailed is very unsettling to say the least. From the onset...the crime scene was compromised and no evidence was found what so ever. How is this possible? So this main f ...more
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