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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5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 14-12-14

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!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tara on 06-10-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Scott Bennett on 21-12-10

Surprise to enjoy it so much!

I am a forty-something science teacher who listened to this book on advice of some of my students. Enjoyed the plot, and enjoyed even more seeing what my brighter students are reading and how it relates to science. Many of the ideas have been said before, but not directly to this generation in this way. The story is a great distraction from everyday life, though the ending is fairly abrupt and too 'pat' for the intense plot that precedes it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Allison on 21-04-10

Don't let the back dissuade you!

I was definitely not expecting to enjoy this book. The description was all about drug lords and clones and such, totally not my cup of tea. I was pleasantly surprised! This is a strange but interesting book about a boy coming of age. He is shunned by most of the people around him and treated like an animal because he is the clone of a very affluent and influential man (who just happens to be a drug lord). You'll be entranced once you start reading this futuristic book.

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