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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

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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)

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    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

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    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13
    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13 Member Since 2016

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    "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
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    Kim Thomas 06-28-13
    Kim Thomas 06-28-13 Member Since 2013

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    "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
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    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.

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    "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
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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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

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    Carl K San Diego, CA 09-08-16
    Carl K San Diego, CA 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Strange cloth - common threads"

    I was expecting a true crime recitation. Instead, this book is a deep exploration into the motives and backgrounds of the criminal, crime, victim, police, family, and the far-out world of Japan.
    You can hear the staccato clicking and hum of his newsman's typewriter in Parry's writing, but you can't help but feel his stiff British upper lip quivering at times. He is sucked into the story and into the madness. He refrains from judgement, but his heartbreak and frustration seem to gently gild his otherwise straightforward style. He shows you the rock thrown into the water, and the extent of the ripples that flow from it.
    I am reluctant to call it "true crime," as that seems tawdry and exploitative, which this novel is certainly not. Rather, it is a documentary of human depravity and human perseverance. A great, engaging, detailed read, with a narrator that fit absolutely perfectly in accent and tone with the material.

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    Jon 08-30-16
    Jon 08-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book. Don't know if I'd read it."

    Listen for sure. Maybe not read. Crazy that this is a true story. Self research to follow.

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    Rosie Lewis Toronto, Ontario Canada 08-05-16
    Rosie Lewis Toronto, Ontario Canada 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating story! Well told"
    What made the experience of listening to People Who Eat Darkness the most enjoyable?

    As a true crime lover and someone not familiar with this story, I learned not only about the story of the crime, but also the background. Learning about subculture of Japan was fascinating.


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    Deva 08-04-16
    Deva 08-04-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Anatomy of a crime"

    Narration was excellent. The delivery was like a news announcement, in a way, but kept my attention. It was dramatic but not theatrical. There were times when I felt the author could have included less detail but at the same time that detail was necessary to understanding the characters involved, the crime, and the society in which that crime occurred. Overall highly recommended.

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    Kyla Corelli 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "can't stop listening !"

    listen or read this book. you won't regret it. well written and well read. highly recommended

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