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Marching Powder Audiobook

Marching Powder

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
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    "Step into a world you could not ever imagine ..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marching Powder?

    The time the protagonist spent in solitary confinement in the first months he was jailed were riveting.


    Did Adrian Mulraney do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Do you think Marching Powder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended properly and did not lead to a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story spoiled by an irritating narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J. Welsh 01-29-15
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    "Absolutely fantastic!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!!!


    What does Adrian Mulraney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Adrian makes this audio book very hard to put down...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have mixed emotions about this book, but that's because of the storyline..
    It's real.. It's daunting!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex North York, ON, Canada 07-30-11
    Alex North York, ON, Canada 07-30-11
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    "Marching Powder by Rusty Young"

    Good audio. Narrators speak clearly - good recording. Really cool book - cant wait for movie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Welke 11-11-16
    Erik Welke 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Smith 11-01-16
    James Smith 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AWESOME!"

    definitely a great listen! one of the better prison stories I've checked out. I'd recommend it to anyone into this subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 10-20-16
    Elisabeth 10-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 08-01-16
    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 08-01-16 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris/Colby 02-07-16
    Chris/Colby 02-07-16
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    "Absolutely fascinating"

    If you've made it as far as this page and your reading these comments...just download it already

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zaak 02-02-16
    Zaak 02-02-16
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    "Well written and very entertainingly read. "

    An entertaining insight into a very unusual prison. a great listen for those interested in the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nnewel 11-11-14
    nnewel 11-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration Error"
    What did you like best about Marching Powder? What did you like least?

    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?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Aaron
    9/26/16
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    "Clear your diary..."

    Best book I have listened to. Couldn't press pause. Well written, funny, great. True masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • josh
    8/31/16
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    "WAOW - next stop Bolivia!"

    This is an amazing book simply for it's shock factor... I still can't believe San Pedro exists

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sparky 73
    7/27/16
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    "great book"

    Very interesting story about a very strange prison and a very corrupt country
    Definitely recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wildkitten
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    3/17/16
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    "A truly gripping tale!!"

    Wow this was such an interesting listen. I was gripped from the start! I enjoyed the
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    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Richard Llewellyn
    2/19/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/2/16
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    "love this book"

    one of my favourite books finally in audio. Read brilliantly I can't wait until this comes out as a film

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    11/11/15
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    "Great read!!"

    Great book 100% worth a read! The story entices to read listen more and more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Crampin
    10/5/16
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    "stunning"

    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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin Dixon
    8/2/16
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    "good listen..well read.."

    African narrator a bit confusing at first..remember Thomas is not a Liverpool native
    but a very good listrn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talwyn Hawkins
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    3/8/16
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    "One of the most irritating audiobooks..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ricardo - he's a good guy


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ordinary reading without such hammy voices.


    Could you see Marching Powder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    It's already happening...


    Any additional comments?

    If you're really fascinated and compelled to read the story then read the book, but I don't recommend the audiobook at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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