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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Farmer Narrator: Raúl Esparza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matteo Alacran Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743572477
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Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster -- except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mind-expanding fiction.” 

    USA Today 

  • “Readers will be hooked from the first page.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “An inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

  • “This is a powerful, ultimately hopeful story that builds on today’s sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues and prognosticates a compelling picture of what the future could bring.” 

    Booklist (starred review) 

  • Winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • A 2003 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2003 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 2003 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature
  • A Young Readers' Choice for the 2005Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of the 2006 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • A 2003 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee
  • A 2003 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitch | 2/10/2014

    " The book The House of The Scorpion was in my opinion one of the most suspenseful, page turner books I have ever read. It is a sci-fi or fiction type of book that until the very end had me guessing, either who was good, bad, or in between. The book was extremely well written and I would recommend it to anyone like myself that hates to read. It will certainly keep you guessing and may just re-ignite your spark to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stanci | 1/16/2014

    " Bad title - good book. Not a book I'll gush about, but it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 12/28/2013

    " The three stars is not meant to discourage anyone from reading this book. This book is very interesting and thought-provoking as the author examines the issue of human cloning. What does it mean to be human? What makes us us? To what lengths can we and should we take medical technology? What is it about life that we truly value? The book is a compelling read -- easy to return to and find out what happens. The three stars is a result of the ending. The ending is way too tidy and fast for my taste. This is a messy topic and it deserves a less Hollywood ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/11/2013

    " It was amazing! The characters were really amazing, and the plot was really well thought out! I found it hard to put down, and I would spend hours reading it at a time! There were many twists in the plot, and they made sense. It was the kind of book that didn't have many boring parts, and I really cared about each and every one of the characters! Sometimes, though, I did think Farmer explained so much, and the description didn't always seem to work. Great book, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/10/2013

    " The first half of this book is the fascinating story of Matt, the clone of El Patron, one of the worlds most infamous drug lords. In a world where clones are treated as monsters or animals, Matt heart wrenchingly discovers the reason for his existence as he tries to live the life of any ordinary child. Once he escapes from the life he was living, the story wasn't as enjoyable. The feelings didn't seem as genuine, and the story just didn't end with the same momentum and emotion as it started with. I loved the first 3/4 of the book, and couldn't put it down; if it had ended with that same energy, I would have given a 5 star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/29/2013

    " This book guides you through its society. You can sense that its not "normal" in the beginning because the main character, Matt, was locked up. Matt is the clone of the ruler of the Opium Empire, El Patron. El Patron has had 8 lives because he's been creating clones and using them to replace his body parts. Matt was planned to be his ninth, but Matt was different from the others. He has a talent for music, and he was more intelligent. As Matt begins to realize the evil of El Patron, he knows that he needs to escape. Although he knew El Patron was evil, Matt loved him. He's the one that gave him the life with Cecilia. Personally, I also liked the character El Patron. He was evil, but I think it was mostly caused by the grief that he had to experience. He also lets down his guard when he repeats the story of his childhood and hardships of his family. One thing that's creepy about El Patron is that he collects everything valuable given to him and never gives them away. When he dies at the end, he was also determined to take his family down with him. He left wine that was ordered to be served at his funeral, and it killed everyone who drank it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 11/29/2013

    " Matt survives the life of being the clone of El Patron, until he realizes he was created for the use of his body parts of when El Patron needs them. Great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 11/22/2013

    " I thought it was a great youth novel. I liked the characters and the concept was interesting. I wanted to know how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/8/2013

    " Another Newberry Honor book - great! Couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/24/2013

    " There are far too many dystopian YA books around these days, and I didn't find anything particularly notable about this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. T. Schultz | 3/15/2013

    " House of Scorpions is a classroom novel for my seventh grade LA class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/21/2013

    " It was a great tale. The ending was lacking the dramatic plot that the beginning and middle had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Wirsta | 12/20/2012

    " Generally an amazing book i loved it so much in Elementary School so much the i bought it 8 years later in hopes from my child to read it, when shes older of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Forbes | 11/20/2012

    " Disturbing. Engrossing. Well written YA lit that would make for a fabulous classroom novel. The possibilities for cross-curricular lessons make my head reel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maribel | 2/23/2012

    " It was brilliant. I couln't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/10/2012

    " This is a favorite YA. I've read it twice. Better the second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr Tyler | 1/5/2012

    " Very wired book, hard to keep up with and its gross. Based in the future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Staron | 10/11/2011

    " Not a particularly romantic Dystopian novel like I've been addicted to lately (Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched...), but great all the same. Highly recommend it for any adolescents and adults as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam8cn | 8/2/2011

    " I liked this dystopian book. It gives a unique perspective into the life of a "clone". It also has thrilling scenes, and geat plot twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyria | 7/12/2011

    " Definitely a unique story! It is about a young boy who learns he is a clone and finds out the world is not as he believed it to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/24/2011

    " This book touches on many social issues. Slavery, drugs, racism--all mixed in without feeling preachy. A very interesting read told through the eyes of a clone, made from the ruler of a drug lord nation.

    I'd pass this book onto my boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/23/2011

    " One of the most fascinating books I've ever read. In some ways, it was heartbreaking, in others it was wonderful. Cloning is always a hard subject to tackle, even in YA lit, but Farmer did a truly excellent job. I continue to recommend this book left and right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Montgomery93 | 5/17/2011

    " I'll write a full review later. But this is one of my all time favorite books, so well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " I actually really want to reread this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " This story is fascinating and brings up some interesting ethical dilemmas for the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/15/2011

    " I loved this book. It was complex, moving, thrilling, important. Hope to reread it soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 5/13/2011

    " I can't really remember this book, I read it too long ago, but I remember really liking it and thinking about it years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nessa | 5/10/2011

    " Very interesting and has a nice amount of suspense?/action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/9/2011

    " Had to read for a college course, have read three time since. Love the story and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 5/5/2011

    " i think this book is pretty but its not as good as the uglies series.this book is about a clone of a powerful drug lord who rules over a country called opium. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/2/2011

    " I read this years ago and the memory has stayed with me. A powerful book.
    "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Farmer

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, A Girl Named Disaster, and The House of Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award. Some of her other books include The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, Do You Know  Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in Menlo Park, California.

About the Narrator

Raúl Esparza is a Cuban-American actor best known for his performances on Broadway. He has received Tony nominations for his roles in Taboo, Company, The Homecoming, and Speed the Plow, and his performance in the Center Theatre Group’s production of Leap of Faith earned him an Ovation Award in 2011. He also has a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba.