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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,701 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2030 ISBN: 9781508217541
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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 dark 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “It doesn’t get any better than Frank Muller reading vintage Stephen King!…It’s must-have audio at its best. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coraline | 2/7/2014

    " like i said no talking to natzis if your prone to go on a murderous rampage "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela | 2/7/2014

    " This book is pure evil, but I truly enjoyed it. Todd Bowden is a paper boy/high school student who discovers his neighbor, Kurt Dussander, is a wanted Nazi war criminal. Basically Todd becomes engrossed in Dussander's terrible war crime stories and goes over to his house frequently. The creepy part is that Todd has no intention of turning Dussander in..he just wants more and more information out of him. In hindsight, the only thing I really didn't like about the book was that the plot was highly unrealistic--as most of King's books are. The language King uses is sinister and excruciatingly detailed which makes you get lost in images, which in turn makes the demented events he describes seem believeable at the time. But certainly looking back on the book, the murderous nature that errupts in Todd is complete and utter nonsense!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 2/3/2014

    " Ah Papa Stevesie, I feel so safe and warm in your arms. This was such a good book. More thriller than horror, and I think that's what he does best. There's no rationalising away horrifying things, just straight up Nazi old men and creepy young boys. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Mary, Why Ya Buggin | 2/2/2014

    " Creepy. Disturbing. Everything a King story should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 1/28/2014

    " This was a case of what's on paper being way more creepy than what's on the movie screen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Schell | 1/20/2014

    " Couldn't bring myself to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo Marie | 1/20/2014

    " Creepy and disturbing. I actually skimmed part of it; I only continued reading because I wanted to know the ending. King is a great writer; I just don't enjoy this kind of story. Frankly I'm sorry I read it because I can't get parts of it out of my head! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Perreault | 1/14/2014

    " Amazing and Disturbing. Gave me nightmares actually and that never happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent read! Stephen rarely disappoints me, if ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal (8serene8) Messner | 1/12/2014

    " Another very good book of Stephen King. I liked the movie but this was better by far. Its sick and twisted and if the Nazi era intrigues you any this is a very good book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sidney | 1/11/2014

    " This book was too dark and disturbing for me. I would only recommend it if a person likes horror stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ri | 1/10/2014

    " A great short story with a twisted and unique idea. I love how there is a constant see-saw between todd and dussander regarding who has the upperhand on the other. Todd may be the most realistic character King has ever created, making it his most terrifying book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 1/8/2014

    " Disturbing - I didn't want to keep reading it - but I didn't want to put it down either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert Fusco | 1/4/2014

    " I think this is definitely the best short story I have read by King "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genochan | 12/31/2013

    " Do you think Todd Bowden is really a genius student? Nah! If you explore more, you'll find an evil inside him. And the evil side builds up more and more when he met Dussander, and goes badly although he can handle it perfectly! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 11/29/2013

    " This book was to disturbing something so shocking but also not outwardly frightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/22/2013

    " Thanks to Mr. King I'll always associate my summer with "The Body" and "Stand By Me." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree Flores | 11/17/2013

    " His best novella "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen Wagner | 12/25/2012

    " While certainly a page turner, I found this book a little too graphic for my taste and frankly skipped over some parts. Not one I'd recommend, although I do appreciate the references to his other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 8/2/2012

    " This story scared the crap out of me. But I couldn't stop reading it because it was like every other Stephen King book I'd ever read: Once it gets its claws into you, you're in for the whole ride whether you want to get off or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 5/20/2012

    " King's most disturbing story ever. I really don't recommend this if you are at all squemish. And even if you are jaded and desensitized I'm not sure there is enough depth to make this really worth reading. Ugly from begining to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/11/2012

    " I listened to this over a 10hr car ride and it kept me alert and intrigued the whole time. Very creepy and entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 4/24/2012

    " I had forgotten what a great writer Stephen King is. Sometimes his writing is a little weird, but every one of these novellas was fantastic. And they weren't all horror stories either. I think 'Breathing Method' was my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ThomasAD | 4/5/2012

    " Pretty disturbing. Very well written, as is everything I've read by Stephen King, but the subject matter was hard to tolerate at points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 3/4/2012

    " The scariest thing King ever wrote, because there's not even a whiff of the supernatural. Humans are terrifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura Shanahan | 1/18/2012

    " well written, as usual, but very disturbing. not for someone with a weak stomach... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 8/21/2011

    " Very twisted and disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Auxier | 6/10/2011

    " By far my favorite King novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 5/6/2011

    " Actually listened to just the Apt Pupil on CD. Must say this is one that I really didn't enjoy too much and I am an avid Stephen King fan. It was a little more gorey than usual and the ending was kind of uneventful and I definitely saw it coming. Must have been one of his earlier ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 4/28/2011

    " Pretty disturbing, from the premise to the actual events in the book. Just an unsettling feeling the whole time. King is a master at just creeping you out and making you think wtf?

    3.5 / 5.0 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 3/31/2011

    " Icky, but couldn't stop reading it . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ri | 2/28/2011

    " A great short story with a twisted and unique idea. I love how there is a constant see-saw between todd and dussander regarding who has the upperhand on the other. Todd may be the most realistic character King has ever created, making it his most terrifying book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ophelia | 2/27/2011

    " Creepy. Disturbing. Everything a King story should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 2/25/2011

    " Disturbing as can be expected from King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 2/16/2011

    " A very good read. A bit vulgar & sometimes too rivetingly explicit to the point where I felt awkward reading it. None the less, I loved this book. Maybe have been one of the shortest I have read but it had enough suspense & mystery to be considered a 'glad I read' in my books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 2/15/2011

    " it was ok but too far fetched and it didnt seem to flow in some places. also - it just plain grossed me out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/10/2011

    " Defiantly a King classic… If you LOVE Stephen King I think you will love this one… Very dark and psychological. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.