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The story in Six Four picks up fast, and keeps moving. The characters are well-drawn, often surprising. But the narrator, and in particular the way he voices the protagonist, are extremely off-putting, making it very difficult to bond in any way with the story or the protagonist. Too bad, for sure, because I think there is more subtlety of characterization than comes across in the audio version.
Six Four is not a thriller, or even a mystery. Oh, there is a mystery within the various subplots, but it isn't the core focus.
No, Six Four is an in depth look into the police force in Japan, as seen by the head of Media Relations. It is actually more interesting than it sounds, but don't go in expecting bang zoom action. This is a novel about reflection, examination and duty.
I recommend it, but with a reminder that Six Four is a slow, deep crawl.
It's a struggle to get into, the Japanese names and the regional British accent Burnip gives to them doesn't quite fit, it's also very dense almost an examination into the Japanese police system, however at about the 5 hour mark it clicked and turned into something quite special and unique. It also takes a direction that I never saw coming. Outstanding
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Far too long. Annoyingly correct and plummy English narrator spoiled it for me. Not good
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book appeared to be right up my alley! Love Japanese stories, usually they are fast paced and excitingly dark! This one is ponderous, far too much musing and supposingl. I've walked away at the 3/4 point, I just can't take any more. The reader was good, the story is bogged down in detail which ultimately leads nowhere. I've stopped caring whether the daughter turns up of not!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Just brilliant. Very detailed but fascinating- particularly in regards to Japanese culture. A brilliant book well worth the effort.