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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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    celeny 09-28-17
    celeny 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I’m not crying, ur crying"

    I read this book for the first time ten years ago. Over these years, it’s consistently stayed among my favorite reads.

    It ages well as the political dialogue remains current.

    As a Latina with both United States and Latin American roots, the story is very relatable in culture!

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    Anonymous 08-29-17
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    amazing book you will be on the edge of your seat the whole book listen to it

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    sandra weakland 08-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING MUST READ!!!"

    This book was probably one of my favorite books I have ever read it was just overall an amazing book! This is a must read for all ages!

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    Jeni Kopp 05-17-17
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    "I love it"

    this was a great book and I thought it would end bad but it ended sad and good I really love this book and would like to read the sequal.

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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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    Hawk 04-01-17
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    "Outstanding"

    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 Chicago 02-23-17
    Lindsey Chicago 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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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
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    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
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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
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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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