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Apt Pupil | [Stephen King]

Apt Pupil

Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power - and the seductive lure of evil.
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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power - and the seductive lure of evil.

©1998 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-10-13
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.

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    "Evil never goes away and is contagious"
    If you could sum up Apt Pupil in three words, what would they be?

    OK book, not the best but it is an interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The old Man


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller?

    Yes


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

    Evil never sleeps


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    Chris Florence, AZ, United States 02-07-13
    Chris Florence, AZ, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Morbid, yet compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    definitely. The movie adaptation left too much of the story out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to say exactly. All of them seemed a bit strange.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    They were all performed well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sequence where the old Nazi is confronted by the Israeli Agent in the hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is far more graphic than the movie adaptation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 10-28-12
    Tonya GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Apt Pupil the most enjoyable?

    This was my first experience with listening to books and I think it was a perfect 1st pick. It kept my attention and it was very hard to stop once I started. Now I am ready for more!


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    cheryl millington, tn, United States 08-27-12
    cheryl millington, tn, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Riveting & creepy! Don't miss it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story & outstanding performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Somehow I'd missed this. I thought I'd read everything by Mr. King. It was different, but very entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Todd


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Morris' feelings in the hospital room when he realizes who is in the next bed.


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    Carol Branson, MO, United States 07-09-12
    Carol Branson, MO, United States 07-09-12
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    "Loved it!"

    One of those stories that you'll remember you read. Also really liked the narrator, which to me is very important.

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    Lynn 06-01-12
    Lynn 06-01-12
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    "Not the usual Stephen King"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frank Muller?

    I have been reading Stephen King since 1975 when I picked up Salem's Lot. There were a few stories in the middle (Gerald's Game, etc) that I didn't care for. I actually missed some books. Then the Gunslinger came out and I became "constant reader" once again. This story was very hard to take, and I'm not sure why. I think it was the subject. I have a son who was a very apt pupil. This was a little creepy for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I have already read so many Stephen King that I could start a library. Of course I will read more, I'll just be more careful and read the synopsis more closely.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller's performance was fine. Maybe he brought the book too close to life?...


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    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 05-29-12
    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

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    "What can I say? It was Stephen King"
    Would you listen to Apt Pupil again? Why?

    I never listen to books more than once - no matter how good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was believable in a creepy sort of way


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the "boy" and the "Nazi" meet for the first time.


    If you could rename Apt Pupil, what would you call it?

    ...


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    Marie BILLINGS, MT, United States 05-07-12
    Marie BILLINGS, MT, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a LOVE story!"

    This short story explains in detail why it;s not always good to get what you desire.

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    Gina Inglewood, CA, USA 05-29-10
    Gina Inglewood, CA, USA 05-29-10
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    "Chilling"

    This book is so scary, I had to stop listening to it during my pm jog.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-22-11
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"

    Stephen King is one of the best story tellers who can make simple relationship between a boy and old man feel so sinister.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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