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

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  • tpseesall
  • 08-09-18

Great story, well narrated

I knew the story having read the book a few years ago. This audiobook totally does it justice. recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-18

Interesting Tale!

Finally listened to this after spending some time in La Paz and learning of the prison there. Really interesting tale!

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  • Richard Malpas
  • 07-16-18

Fascinating experience behind bars in Bolivia

A detailed but fascinating story that accounts the experience of a smart but honest and likeable drug trafficker put behind bars in a bolivian jail.

This is a story of survival, luck, opportunism, bribes and making the best of a situation.

The narrators performance is good and really suits the story.

One of my favourite purchases to date and Definately worth a listen.

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  • Catarina
  • 09-15-18

Odd accent

I don’t understand the choice of accent for the main character. He seems to have a Caribbean accent when in reality he mentions he’s from Liverpool in England. I found the accent so distracting it made me not want to finish the book.

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