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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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  • 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.

12 of 14 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.

3 of 3 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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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 6 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

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  • Tom
  • Stillwater , OK, USA
  • 09-21-18

Story Unfolds slowly but is satisfying

I do not know enough about this genre of Japanese crime fiction to compare it to others, but in its deliberateness and psychology it seems very within what one would expect. I found myself enjoying the secondary characters more than the story’s protagonist. This may be due at least in part to the narrator’s imaginative rendering of their voices.

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Not your typical detective story.

I was surprised to see negative reviews of this novel and I think their disappointment stems from what they thought the story would be, as opposed to what it actually is, and that should not reflect on the book itself. If you are looking for car chases and shoot-outs or thought you found a Japanese version of "Harry Bosch" then you will be disappointed so maybe look up "Jack Reacher" or find a old episode of "Criminal Minds" to watch.

On the other hand, if you go into it with a open mind, understand that you are reading about a different culture where the dynamics between the police and the press are completely different than you are accustomed to, then you will find a fascinating story with plenty of twist and turns and a ending you won't expect.

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A smooth easily understood translation.

A good story, not easily figured out. Great narration with good pronunciation of the Japanese words.