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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

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Thoughtful, Subtle,Complicated Mystery

What did you love best about Six Four?

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A real slog

The book is too long. Yokoyama's exploration of the innards of the Japanese police bureaucracy gets boring after a couple hours. He needs an editor--cut to the chase.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 02-19-17

Almost impossible....

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Difficult to know what to make of this book..

Yes, there was a mystery.
Yes, it was quite a twist..
But was it worth ploughing through 25 hours of what was predominantly a guide to Japan’s regional police force?
...or a perpetual struggle to remember the multiple characters’ names, many of which sounded identical to one another?

I don’t really know..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Make up your mind, narrator!

It's not enough that the Japanese names are mispronounced, but the reader can't decide which mispronunciation to choose and so varies wildly. Plus, that stupid male ready trick of reading all women in the same high, weak voice--only men get distinct voices. The story's fascinating (so much interior politics to crime), but the terrible narration makes me wish I'd chosen something else.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible performance seriously impairs story.

What made the experience of listening to Six Four the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

Excellent story development

What didn’t you like about Richard Burnip’s performance?

He ruins a great Japanese story. Plodding narration. Destroys great opportunities for building tension as wonderful story unfolds.

Any additional comments?

I will never buy another book narrated by Richard Burnip

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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terrific story thread and reader

complex, really enjoyable. so many layers. enjoyed the japanese customs and the numerous relationships. solid writing and ending. rich - subtle

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story/poor choice of reader

The novel is not a thriller, but is rather a look at the inner workings of a Japanese police force through the eyes of the media relations department as a case and other events combine at one time due to departmental politics. It’s a fascinating look at another country’s system. It is not a thriller or a “who done it?”
The narrator/reader was an inappropriate choice - very British. His accent and elocution kept pulling me out of the story instead of making me more invested in it.

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This was soooooooo boring

The stakes in this book, a lost daughter, a kid napping that's gone unsolved, and whether Tokyo takes over media relations for some tiny prefecture, are all mid-prioritized. The author spends seemingly 90% of the book on the protagonist's media relations job - which no one in their right mind would care about. I have no idea how this made any "best" lists last year. This book was not so much soul crushingly long as it was boring. Even the big twist at the end feels as though it was thrown in at the editor's plea for something, anything, definitive and interesting to happen.

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Finished but not fulfilled

Perhaps it was just the culture of the subject matter, it was my first experience with Japanese characters and subject , I found it hard to connect with any of the characters. The story seem to have great in-depth description, and I believe that the author attempted to fully develop each character, however I just couldn't get into it.