We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
People Who Eat Darkness Audiobook

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

Regular Price:$23.07
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, followed the case from the beginning. Over the course of a decade, as the rest of the world forgot but the trial dragged on, he traveled to four continents to interview those connected with the story, assiduously followed the court proceedings, and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. Ultimately he earned the respect of the victim’s family and delved deep into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime - Joji Obara, described by the judge as “unprecedented and extremely evil.” The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory.

Richard Lloyd Parry is the Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of the London Times and the author of In the Time of Madness.

©2011, 2012 Richard Lloyd Parry (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A masterpiece of writing this surely is, but it is more than that - it is a committed, compassionate, courageous act of journalism that changes the way we think. Everyone who has ever loved someone and held that life dear should read this stunning book, and shiver.” (Chris Cleave, number one New York Times best-selling author of Little Bee)

“I opened this book as a skeptic. I am not a lover of true crime…. But Richard Lloyd Parry's remarkable examination of [this] crime, what it revealed about Japanese society and how it unsettled conventional notions of bereavement, elevates his book above the genre. People Who Eat Darkness is a searing exploration of evil and trauma and how both ultimately elude understanding or resolution.… Just as the grief of Blackman’s parents is unassaugeable, Obara and his motives are unknowable. That is the darkness at the heart of this book, one Lloyd Parry conveys with extraordinary effect and emotion.… People Who Eat Darkness is a fascinating mediation that does not pretend to offer pat answers to obscene mysteries.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[A] masterful literary true crime story, which earns its comparisons to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Norman Mailer's The Executioner’s Song.… Like the case of Etan Patz, the Lucie Blackman disappearance captured the public imagination. By writing about it in such culturally informed detail, Parry subtly encourages an understanding that goes past the headlines. It is a dark, unforgettable ride.” (Los Angeles Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (1094 )
5 star
 (421)
4 star
 (405)
3 star
 (207)
2 star
 (44)
1 star
 (17)
Overall
4.1 (984 )
5 star
 (407)
4 star
 (329)
3 star
 (182)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (17)
Story
4.3 (974 )
5 star
 (500)
4 star
 (323)
3 star
 (118)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I was Engaged Throughout!"

    Fact based book which was gripping, sad (because it was true) and a solid story about the dealings of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true fiction (crime or mystery) but a book which allows us to reflect and analyze life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13
    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13 Member Since 2016

    R. Watson

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    628
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An engrossing read."

    If you like true crime, you will love this well-written book. The murders occurred in Japan. The author explores the psychology of Japanese culture as well as that of the murderer himself. I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kim Thomas 06-28-13
    Kim Thomas 06-28-13 Member Since 2013

    the_blonde_chick

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Far too slow"
    Would you try another book from Richard Lloyd Parry and/or Simon Vance?

    Probably not from this author, but Simon Vance is as good as always.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something upbeat.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent is appealing and he always does a good job as narrator.


    Did People Who Eat Darkness inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts with Lucy disappearing, and then... nothing happens. Its more than halfway through the book before anything related to her disappearance starts to happen. I was not interested in the detailed back story of Lucy, her family, her boyfriend, her BFF and other people in the story. I also would have preferred if the story were chronological, instead of being told in chunks that go back and forth in time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13
    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13 Member Since 2016

    Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Facinating Study of Another Culture"
    Would you listen to People Who Eat Darkness again? Why?

    I would listen and will be listening to this story again. It is a great read, besides being a fascinating look inside a culture that is hardly ever exposed to us in the states.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People Who Eat Darkness?

    The blood money.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Loved Simon's read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who are the people who eat darkness?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    168
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    81
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Had me... then lost me... then had me..."

    "Oooh, a chilling premise. Let's find out what happened to these missing girls! Creepy! Who did this? Are they satanic? Are they... oh, I'm getting bored. yawn. Wait, what just happened? Better rewind... Oh, okay, this is getting better... Ooooh no way! Wow this is getting good!... Oh. Actually, that's kind of a letdown.... Well, I saw that coming. Should I just stop listening? No, i really want to see what happens. What should I have for dinner? ..."

    -My brain while listening to this book

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Auburn, AL 06-25-16
    Amazon Customer Auburn, AL 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfectly detailed."

    Do you really need to know about Jane's childhood or Japan's once upon an empire subjugation of Korea? By the end, you realize yes, definitely. It works. Like Joji Obara, I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CJFLA 06-13-16
    CJFLA 06-13-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    60
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Save your money, don't buy this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    In what could have been an interesting book on a tragic murder is not-well told and then goes downhill. The latter portion of the book becomes a narrative by the writer who defends himself about claims made by others regarding his reporting accuracy. I would never read nor listen to anything by this guy again. The narrator, as well as any reader, deserved better on this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Subpar true crime"

    The chief failing of People Who Eat Darkness isn't that it's a bad book, it's just not very interesting true crime. For all the interesting facts of the investigation, victim and killer, the books feels more like it is about the negative relationship between Lucie Blackman's parents Tim and Jane and a (sort of) examination of how the way the Japanese view sex and law differently from the U.K. - except because it is written by a British expat living in Tokyo, it's an outside view and not a very compelling one. I would say less than two hours of this very long read applies to what fans of true crime probably want to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andy 06-01-16
    Andy 06-01-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but not great"

    The research and backstory for this book is very good. You are drawn into feeling the pain that these women and their families were subjected to. My complaint would be the writing style and there are large parts of the book that are not needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    zachary taylor 05-29-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it"

    great job on the voice work and the story was fascinating. thanks Paul Scheer for the recommendation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.