The Lord of Opium

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nancy Farmer

Narrated By: Raul Esparza

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2013

Duration: 11 hours 34 minutes


Matt has always been nothing but a clone--grown from a strip of old El Patron's skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium, on the one-time US/Mexico border, is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster--and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn't all that awaits from within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombie-like workers harnessed to the old El Patron's sinister system of drug growing...people stripped of the very qualities which once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering , but he can't even find a way to smuggle his childhood love Maria across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock--both from the traitors that surround him and from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?


  • Justine Adema

    The 2nd installment of a story I was sad to have finished, no doubt. What an affecting adventure into humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses. And what rich, complex characters! Raul Esparza's incredible talent brings them to life in his narration. A purchase well-spent. <3

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