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Battle Scars

By: Jason Fox
Narrated by: Jason Fox
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
4.8 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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The extraordinary No.1 best seller.

Battle Scars tells the story of Jason Fox’s career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service, to a very different kind of battle that awaited him at home.

After more than two decades of active duty, Foxy was diagnosed with complex PTSD, forcing him to leave the military brotherhood and confront the hard reality of what follows. What happens when you become your own enemy? How do you keep on fighting when life itself no longer feels worth fighting for?

Unflinchingly honest, Battle Scars is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of operational bravery, and of superhuman courage on and off the battlefield.

©2018 Jason Fox (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The most important book you’ll ever [listen to].... Battle Scars will save lives.'" (Tom Marcus, author of Soldier Spy)

"A vivid, searing account of a life at war." (Bear Grylls)

"A must [listen]." (Ant Middleton, best-selling author of First Man In)

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  • Sam
  • 10-11-2018

Outstanding read!

I really liked this book, great story, very well written and read, I highly recommend this book! well done Jason Fox, this is the right thing at the right time.

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Brave, honest and exciting!

Made an amazing story by the brave honesty of the author. This work is worth a listen for anyone and is essential reading for those interested in mental health and well-being. Thank you for producing this and laying it all out there.

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Fantastic Audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Foxy tell his story, it's great to listen to someone narrate their own autobiography. Foxy's story is exciting and entertaining. It was inspiring to listen to how he overcame his mental health struggles and turned his life around from rock bottom. Much respect and admiration to him and gratitude for serving our country

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Disappointing after good reviews

Reviews for this audiobook were great but I was disappointed! Jason Fox’ narration was dull and effortless, as if it was a task to read the book. I really believe this book would’ve been a lot better with a professional audiobook narrator! Because the content was quite good

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Enthralling read

Fascinating story of a life lived in danger at full throttle, healing the fallout from that & re finding one's mojo & truth. I've been inspired.

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Rock to recovery awesome.

After stumbling across Who Dares wins, and listening to Ant Middleton, I wanted to see what the rest of the team consisted of, I was curious about Jason Foxx he was always quiet and compassionate, at first I wasn't captured by the book but stuck with it, so glad I did great story, great outcome, great bloke. thank you for sharing your life Jason. all the very best.

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Great story about mental health issues of war

Loved the story an amazing insight into mental health and persistance,you just don't know what these SAS go through

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  • jc
  • 10-09-2019

Excellent for everyone especially Men who feel they prefer to be dead than seek out help

This Book follows the journey of a man operating in a world that shames emotional and felt sensations at the expense of physical and mental health. Post-traumatic stress disorder is real and requires understanding and empathy to find help and not ignore. Share this book raise awareness & save lives.

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Great insight into PTSD

Many people experience PTSD but not many people van write about it in a meaningful way. Fox writes about it in a way that expertly captures many of the symptoms that anyone with PTSD will experience. More importantly he shows that recovery is possible.

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Not my sort of book,

this book did not appeal to me. I did not finish it. but it may appeal to other listeners.

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  • SerieLis
  • 04-10-2020

Starts slow, moves to greatness. Powerful

It started really slow, was hard to get used to Foxy's narrating, but after few quick chapters and no distractions this book just gets better and better. As an ex military who've been through some depression and anxiety I understand exactly what he is talking about, I resonated with him a lot. More than that, the last chapter mentions a lot of things that I took into my own life. We share common journeys, and maybe he is 100 steps ahead of me these days. but still it's never too late to start improving. This book explains exactly that, he did it the harder way in my opinion, but the rewards and the life beyond he shares are much greater. Recommend to go through this book, and take notes if you are new to this perspective, or even in this journey yourself.

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  • user-M46SB71
  • 01-12-2019

Took me a lot of time to read

The accent Foxy had made it hard for me follow.. But I enjoyed the appendix. This real story gets me into a new world I haven't been through before (the life in military) and how hard it is. I deeply felt the part about self rediscovering and stop thinking about past faults or worrying about the future, just think about the moment (think like a kid). Thank you Foxy for opening up and sharing your experience. I wish I can meet you one day in the UK. Have a joyful life. ❤️

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  • M. Verbeek
  • 08-11-2019

Good story, mechanical-ish narrating,

When starting, the first chapters the narrating was somewhat mechanical, it really felt like 'reading text', not telling one's story (which is what i expected since the narrator is the writer?). Once i got used to Fox 's voice and 'narrating' style , it became bit better. The content is solid, i hope him tellin his story about what he went through and what he really felt can help others still being ashamed of mental troubles.

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  • Mikael Ångman
  • 23-02-2019

Recommended reading/listening!

What a book! Foxy, simply amazing sharing your experience and your difficulties. Loved reading it!

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  • Mike Walker
  • 07-02-2019

enlightening

good story about real life mental effects and solutions which could affect anyone. good book.

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  • Paul
  • 05-11-2018

Life changing

At the point of starting this book I was in a hole in terms of my mental health having been diagnosed with PTSD and depression. I was bounced from GP to consultant and wasn't getting any better. Hearing Jason's story inspired me to reach out to Rock to Recovery and to start putting steps in place to better my situation. his story is inspiring and exceptionally brave. Thanks for writing this important book mate, you may have just saved my life.

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  • Alex E.
  • 08-01-2019

Unexpected journey

Unlike most veterans autobiographies, mostly about their missions and near death experiences (good as they are) and this started no differently, Jason is equally candid about PTSD and depression that will undoubtedly help other sufferers - he had to narrate it and he did - top bloke.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2018

Totally gripped

Wow what a thrilling story from start to finish. Told in his own words, I really enjoyed how Jason narrated his story which meant that none of the details or emphasis were lost. What a journey this guy has been on, and what an inspiration to hear of his achievements. As a fellow veteran (although not of the SAS) I saw many parallels between our life situations, whether it be the stress of going on tour or the mixed emotions of leaving the armed forces security bubble. I think we can all relate to Jason’s story to some degree. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • shaun
  • 11-04-2020

PTSD

As a former reconnaissance soldier who completed two tours of Afghanistan before I turned 21 I’ve battled with my thoughts since leaving the army and trying suppress them. This book has given me a chance to accept the problem and it’s scary how similar my own account is after listening to this. Thank you I’m sure this will help a lot more people to come with it’s honesty. Writing this review was difficult but the book deserves it. Brilliant

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  • Anthony
  • 09-07-2019

Worth a listen

His voice is really boring in the 1st few chapters. Mono tone. "Bark Bark Bark" is one bit I particularly remember being quite funny, just because he didnt read it with any..ooomph. The book does pick up though as you go along. The story is interesting, and his story of his mental health is relatable. I gave the story 4 stars, as it was a bit all over the place in parts. Only 2 stars for the reading though, as Jason never sent me to sleep for chapters 1-6 until he gets in to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2018

Well recommended

Amazing book. Powerful and emotional. Heart breaking yet heart warming. Definitely well worth a read.

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  • Scott C.
  • 11-01-2019

This book has changed my life! I suffer from PTSD and DEPRESSION thank you Foxy

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  • matt
  • 14-01-2019

Refreshingly Honest

An incredible story by an incredible man. A brutally honest insight into the mental health struggles of a special forces soldier and how he overcame them. well worth a listen/read. inspirational!

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  • Andrew M.
  • 04-01-2020

Interesting but flat to listen to

Would be better if narrated by someone else. Really interesting stories but the time of voice in the reading sounded forced at times and a different reader would improve this. Some very thought provoking themes and I found the actual book really interesting.

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  • Chris Hitchens
  • 11-12-2018

Awesome and very cathartic. Well done mate!

a very brave book to write. all the very best foxy! I wrote a book for those feeling helpless leaving the military, as I felt the leaving process was more than a little lacking! kind regards Chris Hitchens ex-AAC Pilot. Author of Leaving the Military

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