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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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    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?...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2015
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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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    Chris Valliant 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good read but not what I expected. If you can get a used copy it might be worth a read but don't buy a new one. Not one of his better works.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, the plot was all over the place.


    0 of 1 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 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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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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    Corrie 01-24-11
    Corrie 01-24-11

    Corrielee

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    "alright"

    Not one of Stephen King's best IMO, but a decent enough short read. Twisted in a predictable way, but definitely not a feel good, but a feel "sick" kind of book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-24-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Not one of the better King books"

    I liked the movie way back when and thought I'd give the book a listen but boy oh boy that was a mistake. There's definitely much better Stephen King books out there to get.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Mattioli Reno, NV USA 12-09-09
    Sharon Mattioli Reno, NV USA 12-09-09 Member Since 2008

    Audio Book Queen

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    Daniel K. Mccrady Annapolis, MD 02-19-09
    Daniel K. Mccrady Annapolis, MD 02-19-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Well Written, but..."

    This book, like all King books, was well written in every respect. I gave it this low a rating only because of the subject matter. I guess I find horror not so horrific as when it is real.

    2 of 23 people found this review helpful

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