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Summary

San Pedro is Bolivia's most notorious prison. Small-time drug smuggler Thomas McFadden found himself on the inside. 

Marching Powder is the story of how he navigated this dark world of gangs, drugs and corruption to come out on top.

Thomas found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure); prisoners' wives and children often live inside, too; high-quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison.

Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5,000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. 

Written by lawyer Rusty Young, Marching Powder - sometimes shocking, sometimes funny - is a riveting story of survival.

©2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (P)2010 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Columbian Scouser ?

Story is rolling along ok but Thomas is meant to be from Liverpool he sounds like a Columbian count Dracula ....sack the casting director

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What a story

Great story couldn't stop listening to it. You get a minds picture of what it would have been like

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If you haven't, read this.... You must!

I have read this twice over the past 15years and it is an absolute must read.

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Incredible!!!

Enjoyed this book so much I was disappointed to see it come to an end!!

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Amazing story

I could not stop listening to this story, it both warmed and broke my heart at the same time, Thomas is an amazing human being to have been through so much and still come out smiling! Bravo Thomas and Rusty for helping him to tell us his story!

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Great story questionable narration

This was a great listen and fascinating insight. I do question the choice of narrator although after a few chapters you do really warm to him and tell yourself Thomas must have picked up an accent.

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starts good. ends terrible

This book started fantastically as the story progresses it just becomes very stale. decent listen but not great.

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couldn't stop listening. amazing book and the detail about life in the prison had me hooked. would highly recommend.

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Decent Book

This was quite an interesting book however I’m not sure why it was read in Spanish accent when it was written by an Aussie about an Englishman!

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Who the hell is narrating this??

Liverpudlians are called scousers. This bloke sounds like a columbian born in Nigeria or something. At least give him an English accent if you couldn’t find a scouser!

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Excellent story.

Great story- quite a long listen but well worth every moment
Highly recommend to those interested

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