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Thank You for My Service

Narrated by: Mat Best
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The unapologetic, laugh-your-ass-off military memoir both vets and civilians have been waiting for, from a five-tour Army Ranger turned YouTube phenomenon and zealous advocate for veterans

Members of the military’s special operations branches share a closely guarded secret: They love their jobs. They relish the opportunity to fight. They are thankful for it, even, and hopeful that maybe, possibly, they’ll also get to kill a bunch of bad guys while they’re at it. You don’t necessarily need to thank them for their service - the pleasure is all theirs.

In this hilarious and personal memoir, listeners ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. From surviving a skin infection in the swampy armpit of America (aka Columbus, Georgia) to kicking down doors on the outskirts of Ramadi, from blowing up a truck full of enemy combatants to witnessing the effects of a suicide bombing right in front of your face, Thank You for My Service gives listeners who love America and love the good guys fresh insight into what it’s really like inside the minds of the men and women on the front lines.

It’s also a sobering yet steadying glimpse at life for veterans after the fighting stops, when the enemy becomes self-doubt or despair and you begin to wonder why anyone should be thanking you for anything, least of all your service. How do you keep going when something you love turns you into somebody you hate? For veterans and their friends and families, Thank You for My Service will offer comfort in the form of a million laughs and counsel as a blueprint for what to do after the war ends and the real fight begins.

And for civilians, this is the insider account of military life you won’t find anywhere else, told with equal amounts of heart and balls. It’s Deadpool meets Captain America, except one went to business school and one went to therapy, and it’s anyone’s guess which is which.

©2019 Mat Best, Ross Patterson, and Nils Parker (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Pretty good

A good book to listen to. I wasn’t expecting such graphic descriptions of all his “sexcapades” though. The war stories were very interesting. It’s incredible how hard the training is for Rangers. Nice voice changing for the different characters.

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AmaIng listen

Been waiting on this book for a couple of years it is amazing good job guys!

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  • Rick Valkyrie
  • 2019-08-21

If Deadpool was a ranger...with less cancer

One of the best fusions of military, dark humor, and life lessons I've read. extremely easy to get through with great narrative performance by Mat Best himself.

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  • Andrew
  • 2019-08-20

Amazing!

This is a great listen! Only the author could narrate this book to make it extremely entertaining, and boy does he do it to the fullest!

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  • Dennis Iler
  • 2019-08-20

Deadpool enlisted

This is amazing! So good guys, ask yourself do you love deadpool then your going to love this book by Mat Best! its the way I've always wanted to hear war stories!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-21

Irreverently terrible and brilliant.

I usually hate it when authors read their books. They aren't pro readers so it usually is unlistenable. That being said. Best did a terrific job and I can't imagine listening to anyone else for 7+ hours besides Sean Connery read this book. Also the book is great. If you like the watered down Opera book club books that'll be made into movies, this isn't it. But if you liked the reality of Generation Kill, it's along these lines. You'll probably be offended if you're not an 11B, but it'll give you glimpse into the mind of America's "Best".

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  • eli
  • 2019-08-20

Fantastic

It was legendary and inspiring I will absolutely will be listening again and and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-21

Great inspiring book. Thanks Mat.

Great read funny, true, raw, patriotic full of non toxic masculinity that will hopefully inspire the next generation of Warfighters.

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  • zaimonusannavianna
  • 2019-08-21

Amazing

This book was amazing to listen to. Funny, interesting, and a cool insight into how one of my favorite creators got his start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-23

Exactly what you’d expect

Fucking amazing. Great book. Well done boys. Keep it up and we will keep supporting y’all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-23

Great listen, very well said Mat Best

This was a great book, crazy stories and great laughs. Definitely worth the listen. Recommend this to all that enjoys dark humor and the wild life of a great guy.

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  • marc
  • 2019-08-23

great humour and good read

Mat Best in war time is basically a real life Wade Wilson, except for you know, the super powers, aggressive cancer, extremely lucrative multi movie deal... oh and the fact that he most certainly does not look like an avocado had sex with an older avocado.

he's got a great sense of humour, and is very well spoken. he talks about his experiences while being home and abroad, and structured it in such a way that you get to have an un protected glimpse at his thoughts, and evolution as a person.

this book does not ask for pity, it does not victimize veterans, nor try to make hero's out of soldiers. instead it takes the uncommon approach of celebrating the thing which is military service, and his love for it. He, like many others, actually enjoyed being a soldier, and the things that he got to do during the war. it's a perspective that I never considered, and genuinely liked learning about.

at some points, this book had me crying from laughter and I certainly recommend it.