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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

New York Times best seller

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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Awesome

Great book. loved the humor and the insight of whats happening in the mind of one serious badass.

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A must read for veterans

Matt Best offers us a raw unfiltered look into his life, the hurdles faced, the battles won and the battles lost. More importantly, Mr. Best gives his readers an engaging timeline that opens the door to positively enhancing the way we view veterans and the hardships they face after returning from a theatre of war. His narration is spot on and the peppering of comedy throughout an enticing, often fast-paced book makes this a flavorful read.

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Makes me want to get up and get on with life

Loved it, wish there was more. still serving after 20+ years sure helps me know that once I'm done with serving I can still move on, as tough as it will be to leave I know I can.

Thanks Matt

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This book is absolutely...

AMAZING. After reading Mats book I simply could not resist getting the audio book. The entire time reading I was imagining that it was Mat Best's voice but that was simply not doing it justice. He knocked this one out of the park and couldn't have done it any better. 10/10 reccomend thst everyone should either read or listen to this book!

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Amazing book

Wild story, Wild life to live and gives real information as to what people go through in war!

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one of the best stories you can hear

this is, for the most part, the best way to look at life after war. it is the way I try to live. thank you Mstt for putting it all into words.

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Loved it!

Listening to Mat narrate this book made all the difference. A genuine man! Thanks again, to the writers, for this book.

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Great real life biography

Enjoyed this book. I’m not a ex military. Great view in the inner mind of a real human.

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SUCH a good story!

Really let's the reader (Listener) peek into the mind and world of a world class soldier. The humor and honesty of it all was refreshing and halarious!! I will recommend this to anyone who is looking for laughs as well as a deep look into the reality and beauty of the US Military. (Also if you want a punch of pure sexy FREEDOM, look no further and dig in!)

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True veteran tales

A great read and listen for any vet ( spacially the Airborne Infantry types) . Mat Best is funny, entertaining and an absolute motivation to be better in life

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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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  • Thomas
  • 2019-08-24

It's homo-erotic enough to probably be true.

Matt Best doesn't write like a POG so that's pretty cool, I guess.

It sounds way too crazy to be true... but that's the problem, you may be able to exaggerate things like this, but you'd be hard pressed to just make them up.

Also was disappointed that at no point did Matt beat up a 13 year old in the cereal aisle of the local supermarket; because, Hollywood has promised me that upon contact with that many delicious options and no one to tell us what to do... veterans lash out... especially at young children and pregnant women in particular.

Thanks Matt, how am I supposed to deal with this crippling disappointment?

buy the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-23

I laughed, I cried, I touched myself.

Actually had my attention the whole time. What started as wanting to listen to one chapter turned to two then before I knew it it was 4am and on chapter 14. Being a vet I found the way dark humor balanced the more dark aspects of war. Keep up the amazing work Mat.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 2019-09-14

Exceeded my expectations by a mile!

Mr Mat Best is such an inspiration for all mankind. To lay your heart and soul out there for the world to see takes more courage than one could ever imagine. I am honored to have the opportunity to hear his story and look forward to all his future brings to this great country.

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-08-24

Grab a towel. For more than one reason.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be disgusted to your very core, and you'll be turned on. Usual all at the same time.

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  • Jared S.
  • 2019-08-22

F*cking Brilliant

Every story, every laugh, every curse word I resonated with. Matt Best tells the story of our war the way only a knuckle dragger can. His time overseas and the transition to civilian life were especially relatable. His voice was that of silk and the words brought me to a full, engorged erection.

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  • 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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