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.
"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.
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
Very in depth, informative and well read. A lot to think about. Descriptions puts you right in the prison.
"Detailed and unbelievable story"
Don't focus too much on other negative reviews; it's an astonishing story, worth your time. Narration too is entertaining. Nice book to read if your traveling South America.
"Interesting and Entertaining"
I agree with some of the other reviewers that the narrator's accent for Thomas was kind of confusing (if he is British, even of African decent, shouldn't his accent sound at least somewhat British?). But the narrator conveys the story well and in an entertaining manner. I found it riveting. I really enjoyed this.
Also, I understand there is a movie adaptation of this in the works. :-)
definitely a great listen! one of the better prison stories I've checked out. I'd recommend it to anyone into this subject.
"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
"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
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!!
"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.
"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
really enjoyed the story, and believed every word said and could feel the passion from the narrator
Wanted Thomas to sound like a scouser. All the americans and ausies sound the same otherwise 5 * book
"An insight into the prison live abroad"
It was gripping and kept you entertained, felt sad when it finished and in different life would go to see the prison.
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