NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the release of West Cork, an original true crime series focused on the unsolved 1996 murder of French film and TV producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Hosted by documentary producer Jennifer Forde and journalist Sam Bungey, this real-life hunt for answers explores the broad impact of the unsolved case on the small community of Schull in West Cork, a rural area in the southwestern-most corner of Ireland. The 13-part premium audio series is available free for a limited time exclusively at Audible.com/WestCork.
Sophie Toscan du Plantier, wife of renowned French film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was mysteriously killed outside her vacation home in Schull just a few days before Christmas in 1996. Through interviews with people whose lives have been changed by the shocking crime — including her family, West Cork locals who have lived through more than 20 years of investigation and media attention, the prime suspect, and people close to the suspect — West Cork unravels the circumstances surrounding Sophie’s murder. The series also includes interviews with forensic scientists, pathologists and other experts who help disentangle the complexities of the case.
"We spent three years looking into a case where even now, 21 years on, so little seems truly verifiable,” said hosts Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey. “We wanted to take listeners back to the start, to drop them in West Cork, and reveal how things played out step by step. It’s a case with several competing narratives that can’t all be true. We wanted to put them all side by side to see how they stacked up."
“We’re confident that Audible’s first true crime original audio series will transfix listeners, exploring the ripple effects of this case through powerful storytelling and real-life interviews,” said Eric Nuzum, SVP, Audible Originals.
Jennifer Forde is a UK-based documentary television producer who has worked for many years at the BBC and some of Britain’s leading independent production companies. Her credits include: directing and producing an episode of the RTS award-winning BBC series The Secret Life of the National Grid; producing an episode of Catholics, a Grierson-shortlisted BBC series about Catholic identity in Britain; and working with Louis Theroux on his series LA Stories. Sam Bungey is a journalist based in London. Sam’s previous foray into audio was a piece for This American Life called ‘Murder Most Fowl’, which he first wrote about in an award-winning story for the Vineyard Gazette. He started his career in Dublin with a national monthly magazine, Mongrel, and later launched the online magazine The Racket, before being recruited to Sydney, Australia as deputy editor of award-winning news site, The Global Mail.
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy West Cork in addition to any one audiobook, free.
Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2017, listeners around the world downloaded over two billion hours of Audible content.
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