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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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    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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    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.


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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-22-11
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

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

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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.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-24-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2010

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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.

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    Sharon Mattioli Reno, NV USA 12-09-09
    Sharon Mattioli Reno, NV USA 12-09-09 Member Since 2008

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    Daniel K. Mccrady Annapolis, MD 02-19-09
    Daniel K. Mccrady Annapolis, MD 02-19-09
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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.

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    Daniel Willimantic, CT, USA 12-09-09
    Daniel Willimantic, CT, USA 12-09-09
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    "Well written but too gruesome."

    This is an extremely well-written book and well intonated by the narrator. However, it is about two people who slowly are driven insane and are steadily depraved in the process. It has a lot of gruesome seens. Yet, to be fair I guess it goes with the genre. It would be a 5/5 if your into that thing. Though, it is improperly discribed. They are more than pulled in by evil they are consumed by madness. This should be better labeled. I have deleted it and would like a refund.

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