A true story of friendship, cocaine and South America's strangest jail.
Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time.
Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, Marching Powder is an always riveting story of survival.
©2010 Rusty Young (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Having been told about this book by my boss I thought I better read it in case he ever quizzed me. So glad I did, what an amazing, crazy story! I think a must read for anyone.
"Step into a world you could not ever imagine ..."
Yes and no. Perhaps I would recommend they read it rather than listen to it as I found the narration annoying. The subject matter, however, is so interesting and almost beyond belief. I did not know anything at all about Boliva, the prison system, drug making etc. and I found it almost fantastic.
The time the protagonist spent in solitary confinement in the first months he was jailed were riveting.
I thought the voice of Thomas was irritating but he did the other character voices well...it was difficult to connect the voice of Thomas to the character he was portraying.
No. It ended properly and did not lead to a sequel.
A good story spoiled by an irritating narration.
This book is a MUST!!!!
The narration by Adrian Mulraney makes this audio book.. No doubt about it!!!
His characters (especially the Aussie and Kiwi) are spot on!!!
Adrian makes this audio book very hard to put down...
I have mixed emotions about this book, but that's because of the storyline..
It's real.. It's daunting!!
"Marching Powder by Rusty Young"
Good audio. Narrators speak clearly - good recording. Really cool book - cant wait for movie
"narrator is not a problem"
Many have criticized the choice of narrator, but Thomas is originally from Tanzania and grew up in Liverpool, England, so the narration is spot on.
"One of my all-time books."
One of the few books I have read twice.
The narrator was exceptional. He really made the book come alive.
If you've made it as far as this page and your reading these comments...just download it already
"Well written and very entertainingly read. "
An entertaining insight into a very unusual prison. a great listen for those interested in the subject.
Why was Master Splinter narrating this? Why happened to the charming Brit from the prologue? You know, the one who sounds like the writer and helps immerse you in the story?
"Frightening, awesome and scary"
Havent read the print version.
Too many to list.
The whole book.
The friendships that were made.
I listened to the book because my daughter visited San Pedro prison, 2 years ago, then aged 21 whilst backpacking through South America with a friend. She didn't tell me about the prison visit until her return, thank goodness. She has a hand drawn a4 size pencil drawing that an inmate did of her, she has it framed as a reminder of her 2 hour tour of the prison. She had a great guide but admits that relinquishing her passport and bribing her way in was a bit scary, what an experience. Whilst listening to the audio all I could think of was my very tiny 21yr old by herself on a guided tour. What a fascinating place, really well worth listening to.
"love this story, and the reader is brilliant!"
I really enjoyed the story, I flew through it in no time. I really felt that I knew Thomas by the end of the book, and many of the other characters as well. I want sure if the way it was broken down initially with the introduction part by Rusty, but by the end it made perfect sense to do it this way. I forget the name of the reader, but he was brilliant. I really felt that it was Thomas himself telling me the story.
excellent. well read and a stunning story. overtook all Of The audio on my phone for until it was finished. highly recommend.
(first book I've felt the need to review)
"Clear your diary..."
Best book I have listened to. Couldn't press pause. Well written, funny, great. True masterpiece.
"WAOW - next stop Bolivia!"
This is an amazing book simply for it's shock factor... I still can't believe San Pedro exists
"good listen..well read.."
African narrator a bit confusing at first..remember Thomas is not a Liverpool native
but a very good listrn
Very interesting story about a very strange prison and a very corrupt country
"A truly gripping tale!!"
Wow this was such an interesting listen. I was gripped from the start! I enjoyed the
I love Thomas. Thank you for telling your story! Great insight into the world of smuggling and the corruption that goes on in these South American prisons!!
"One of the most irritating audiobooks..."
No. Certainly not in audiobook form. The main character is read with a weird, almost Nigerian accent, despite the fact he's from Liverpool in England. The voicings for all of the other characters are equally irritating and distracting to the point where it was unendurable.
Ricardo - he's a good guy
Ordinary reading without such hammy voices.
It's already happening...
If you're really fascinated and compelled to read the story then read the book, but I don't recommend the audiobook at all.
"love this book"
one of my favourite books finally in audio. Read brilliantly I can't wait until this comes out as a film
Great book 100% worth a read! The story entices to read listen more and more
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