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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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    Parusski Jackson TN 11-06-09
    Parusski Jackson TN 11-06-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Not for the squeamish!!"

    13 year old Todd Bowden is a normal and very bright high school student-at the start of this creepy tale. Then he discovers is elderly neighbor was the commandant of a concentration camp during WW2 in Russia. And an evil one at that. Todd blackmails his neighbor into telling him all the gritty details. Todd is so mesmerized by the tales of horror that his formerly high grades plummet. As time passes Todd starts doing horrible things(no spoiler). That is all I can tell you without ruining the story for you. This is a tale of human depravity and madness. I found this book to be one of kings more original. It is also scary in a different way than his other works. I listened to the entire story today, at work, getting no work done. Very few audio books draw me in like that. With the late, legendary Frank Muller narrating, this is one audio book worth using a credit on or buying.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-06-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Best Steven King ending ever!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Apt Pupil the most enjoyable?

    The war stories, and what Todd thought in his head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Apt Pupil?

    And then he took his 30-30 and five and a half hours it was over!!!! Wow


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

    Mr Deeker


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I finished it in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I've listened to so far!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Katy, TX, United States 04-10-09
    Barry Katy, TX, United States 04-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I really liked this one."

    This one is more like classic King: create a monster out of a normal person or thing. In a Stephen King story, anything can become a monster: a car, a dog, a hotel, and in this case, a teenage boy.
    It's interesting to see this evil, symbiotic relationship develop between this demented young man and a nazi war criminal. It's much more interesting than other "tame" books that King has written recently, like Duma Key (which I hated).
    King hasn't written many true horror stories since the early 90's, but this one comes pretty close. Not his best, but worth a listen.
    And Frank Muller narrates it very well.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marla United States 12-20-11
    Marla United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Enthralling"

    I bought this as a commuting gift to myself. It is a highly disturbing book, but INCREDIBLY entertaining. I won't summarize the plot, because the product description takes care of it. I will say that the manner in which Todd and Mr. Dussander's lives encircle each other is like watching two trains play chicken. It was facinating, disturbing, haunting, revolting, difficult to palate, but impossible not to be entertained.

    And Frank Muller, the narrator. A narrator can only be as good as the underlying story. In this case, we have an incredibly well written and interesting story, and a superb performance by Mr. Muller as well. And by superb, I mean great enough to merit a paragraph singing him praises. He had a head start because he is working with good material, but the way he brings the characters to life...I don't know if the voice of my imagination could have come close to Mr. Muller's performance. This is one book I'm glad to have heard and not read. If the last two hours of the audiobook don't have you bite your nails, you have no soul.

    That's all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Fetterhoff Kentwood, Michigan, US 06-14-12
    Alan Fetterhoff Kentwood, Michigan, US 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Where does Apt Pupil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a consumate fan of Stephen King and thought I had them all. I ran across this one and I was not dissapointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A nice mix of fiction and actual historical fact.


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

    Mr. Dussander


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Burbank, IL, United States 12-21-09
    Robert Burbank, IL, United States 12-21-09
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    "Art Pupil - Long but enjoyable"

    Like a few of Stephen King novels this book is pretty long but it tends to keep the listener interested, not wanting to skip chapters for fear of loosing their place in the story. It helps that it is narrated by the talented Frank Muller who gives the story his own special rendering. I would whole heartily recommend this one whether they are a fan King or not.

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    David Arlington, TX, USA 11-06-09
    David Arlington, TX, USA 11-06-09
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    "Another good one!"

    This one will have you guessing like all of Stephen Kings work, it has some great twists and turns in it as well. Thanks for another great audio book.
    David
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-27-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Cool Book!"

    This Stephen King book is very well written and has great narration. It wants to keep you listening. About an old Nazi and a young boy.

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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.

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