The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.
For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.
©2012 Hideo Yokoyama (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
This is a mystery that does not follow the typical who-done-it formula. Hideo Yokoyama's Japanese perspective keeps the story intriguing through multiple plot turns and fascinating, contemplative characters.
The listening experience was nearly ruined by having someone with a British accent narrate a Japanese story. He can't even pronounce Japanese names correctly.
Excellent story development
He ruins a great Japanese story. Plodding narration. Destroys great opportunities for building tension as wonderful story unfolds.
I will never buy another book narrated by Richard Burnip
Marian B Spector
complex, really enjoyable. so many layers. enjoyed the japanese customs and the numerous relationships. solid writing and ending. rich - subtle
Like a previous reviewer, I had so looked forward to this book and had preordered it by a couple of months. However...first of all, the narrator was SO s-l-o-w that it made it practically impossible to listen to. He left huge self-indulgent gaps between sentences, so it was just about acceptable when sped up to 1.25 time, and actually even OK at 1.50.
Also, his characterisations of various characters were impossible to tell one from another.
I have given it four hours of my best attention - a fair trial I think. It may be better to read it - in fact it MUST be as it has such great reviews in book form. Some of the difficulty was certainly mine, in that unfamiliar Japanese names are not so memorable as more familiar European/American names - so it was hard to follow who was who.
But the story was laborious, did not grab me at all - so I am returning it.
I may well see if its different in print - as the narrator is such an integral part of audio books - and this man was pretty horrific.
Not that shocking of a twist. I was hoping for something more intriguing. I like the position of the characters, not just a detective on the hunt but a former detective now press director investigating internally. I got bored with the story though.
I had this audio book on my wish list from the moment I saw it while browsing for new "coming soon" titles. I even held off on using one of my credits to purchase another title because I was so excited about this book. I will be returning this book as soon as I finish this review. This book was not what I was looking for.
To be fair to the author I am going to try and check this book out from my city library and read it. If I can't make better sense out of it holding on to it then I may be correct in my first opinion of this story line. The story just dragged and never got going. I'm hoping it was because of the narrator and not the author.
This was not the right narrator for this story. I found the voice monotone and to me all the characters sounded the same. A narrator makes the main character and the story come alive. This never happened for me.
As I was a little over four hours in to this book that would be hard for me to say.
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