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The House of the Scorpion Audiobook

The House of the Scorpion

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2002

Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico. For six years, he has lived in a tiny cottage in the poppy fields with Celia, a kind and deeply religious servant woman who is charged with his care and safety. He knows little about his existence until he is discovered by a group of children playing in the fields and wonders why he isn't like them. Though Matt has been spared the fate of most clones, who have their intelligence destroyed at birth, the evil inhabitants of El Patrón's empire consider him a "beast" and an "eejit".

When El Patrón dies at the age of 146, 14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.

©2004 Nancy Farmer (P)2008 Simon and Schuster

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    Anonymous 04-12-17
    Anonymous 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book, very unique"

    Chose this for my 12 year old son to read and he asked me to read it as well. I listed to it on audible while I did housework and ran errands. This is one of the best books I've "read". I've been so tired of the typical dystopian formula, teenage girl rising up against the establishment while juggling a love triangle. This book was so refreshing! Loved every single second of it.

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    Hawkins 04-01-17
    Hawkins 04-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    The narrator does an amazing job at making all the different voices. This book, has ups and downs and never ceases to astonish. A very good read.

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    lindsey 02-23-17
    lindsey 02-23-17
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    "Intresting"

    I loved it the book had so much excitement it was like a life book.

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    s 09-30-16
    s 09-30-16
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    "Excellent performance"

    Great story. A little predictable . Can't wait for the sequel . Love it . 4.5 stars. I

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    Adam Jarr Nebraska, USA 09-20-16
    Adam Jarr Nebraska, USA 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Audiobook perfection"

    It's hard to describe just how good this book is. The reader was phenomenal -- his pronunciation of the Spanish words was pitch perfect for me, his narration was smooth and mellifluous, each of the characters had a distinctive and appropriate voice to their dialogue.

    The story was truly amazing, a rich blend of comedy, horror, science fiction, and authentic human drama and conflict. The narrator really makes you fall in love with the characters, from the ambitious and lonely Matt to the darkly enigmatic Tam Lin to the adorable and heroic Maria and even the majestic, sinister El Patron. The plot itself is unpredictable, a roller coaster ride that doesn't let up.

    The science fiction elements were interesting; you don't really see drug lords and mind-control slaves, human cloning, and telenovela style pathos going together.

    About the only thing that I didn't like was the ending, and only because it meant that I had to buy the next in the series.

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    Taylor 09-06-16
    Taylor 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    loved it it was a great story. I'm speechless. I just cant get over how great it was! Wow.

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    Sophia 08-17-16
    Sophia 08-17-16
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    "LOVED IT"

    A beautiful novel that made me feel like I was inside Matt's head. Absolutely Amazing.

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    apdsoto Midland 08-12-16
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    "Love it"

    I have listened to this book dozens of times. the narrator is great. love the story line and series. highly recommended

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    Joe Wozny III 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "descriptive novel to fancy the imagination"

    very descriptive passages, that allow a reader to really place themselves in the book, smells, sights all the senses help the reader feel and experience the moments deeply

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    Beckham 05-22-16
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    "amazing .I loved it so much.I read 30min a day, b"

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  • Claire Wood
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    "Gripped, Amazing! loved it! "
    What made the experience of listening to The House of the Scorpion the most enjoyable?

    I loved the reader, I loved Matt! I love the story line!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not to slow not to fast, easy to understand, interesting, keeps you gripped!


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was very good, really thought I knew the characters better through the performance. clear and well read.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a bit of both, ooooh you don't know if you should trust the old guy then BAM! It's so good!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story, good development, amazing characters, I want to read the 2nd one. over all amazing book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to The House of the Scorpion again? Why?

    This is not a book I would normally choose but on a roll of listening to Raul Esparza after Under the Dome and really enjoyed it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Got to be Tamlin, tough but fair


    Have you listened to any of Raul Esparza’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Became slightly obsessed with Raul Esparza in svu and then realised he also narrated Under the Dome which I had just finished listening to. I love the narration, parts in Spanish are just a dream. Scottish accent is a bit dodgy but it's so bad it's good - Scottish with a touch of Irish!


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

    The relationship with Tamlin


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