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Thank You for My Service

Narrated by: Mat Best
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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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

This book is fucking sick Cheers Matt as a vet down under I had many laughs highly recommend

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Aussie vet, loved it

I laughed, I cried, I remembered the time i pissed myself to stay warm then wore those same pants for 3 more days and still wasn't the worst smelling dig. good times

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Brilliant.

This book should come with a, “May piss yourself laughing while walking your dog” warning. Best book is listened to yet.

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A great book

Funny and enlightening. Narration and voices used to portray people add to the effect. An inspiring story.

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overview of the mentality of a soldier

good for those who are struggling to understand the mindset of a veteran and great for veterans trying to quantify their feelings and struggle with integration back into civilian life. plus it's f#$king hilarious - as a vet I loved it and it rang true.

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Would recommend

Loved it. Matt had me in tears from how funny this was. Matt's delivery was on point a solid 10/10.

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Great listening!

I loved that his story doesn’t delve too much into the military specifics and gives overviews, it really kept the story moving. Great character, would have lost all its humor if it had been read by someone else.

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Awesome book from a great guy

Amazing book about his time in the military to becoming a businessman. Great listen easy and hilarious. Get this and have a crack

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Definitely listen to this ! Mat adds gold to it.

Not your normal/average military book that's all about their training and bullet points of how they got to where they are now. Mat adds gold to the story but narrating himself and sometimes explaining his twisted yet beautiful mind that makes you laugh out loud. If you enjoy military books you'll love this but even if you don't you'll still find this book highly entertaining.

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Great book great listen loved it great story have to write more words to post

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  • Ryan
  • 18-12-2019

Not what I was expecting!

This audiobook is the ultimate journey of unbridled narcissism. This is the type of genre I listen to but this was all over the place. It didn't flow and many things in this book I wondered why he even put them in there other than filling his ego. There were chapters where you wanted another hour of detail then it would be followed up by a chapter of complete nonsense. I really enjoy his youtube channel so I thought this would dovetail perfectly. I was very wrong!

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  • Rick Valkyrie
  • 21-08-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-2019

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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  • carlos shepherd
  • 21-11-2019

Made me long for the glory of combat again....

It’s a good read, Mat does a good job keeping to his points in his story telling for his first time out. Made me laugh but most importantly it made me long for the days of combat. As a former combat veterans myself, his stories hit home so well that for the longest time I thought I had a really sick sense of humor....nope, all combat vets have the same sick sense of humor! I miss the camaraderie of my fellow brothers in arms. I miss the humor, I miss the pain and suffering we all went through as it brought us closer than and blood relative I’ve ever had. Something I’ve tried to rekindle in my civilian life but unfortunately have to come to realize that bond cannot be formed out here. It’s only in the crucible of pain and combat can that kind of bond be formed between men. Where they know I will always have their 6 and they will always have mine. It’s what I miss most about my days serving my country. Mat does an outstanding job explaining that bond and how it’s formed. I recommend this read to any wife or sibling of a combat veteran if they want to understand their husband or brother and what he’s all about. Mat tells it like it is. The good and the bad.

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  • Dennis Iler
  • 20-08-2019

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
  • 20-08-2019

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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  • Mildred B. Gowen
  • 06-05-2020

Most disappointing to say the least

The book should’ve been named my life as a womanizer. I guess when I read a book about a person in the service I expect to hear much more about their military life some of the operations they went on not revealing classified information. Talking about their training. This book seem to be centered around the author sex life. Coming back from Ranger training I am sure that the ladies were very impressed with him but listening to the graphic details of the number of women that he slept with in the first week cleaning up the backseat of his father’s car because of bodily fluid discharges and use in the garage with the garage door for a place to be intimate with. Starting to get old very fast but that seem to be the theme of the book how good looking was and hot women just fell over him and fell into bed with him. And I say this in most positive way I hope that him getting married settles his hormones down and keeps his wife very satisfied and happy and he doesn’t have a need to keep score sheet. So it was a very disappointing book in the sense that it was portrayed to be someone and their military life the only ones thanking him for his service Would have to be women to very sadly stated that way. Waste of time to listen to but we all have free right to be stupid at least once or twice I’ll never get these 3 1/2 or four hours back

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  • David
  • 09-03-2020

Lots of sex with a little bit of war

Disappointed. Mostly covers the author's sexual adventures, interrupted with brief discussions of GWOT experience.

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  • Jonathon
  • 07-11-2019

WTF

Thank you Matt, your view on certain aspects of some of the shit we live through that’s normal to us but completely fucked to the normal people out there in the real world helped me. Keep doing you brother just know you’re making a difference.

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  • Eric Pruneda
  • 06-11-2019

Mat is a National Treasure!!

This dude is not only hilarious, a great narrator, and makes sine of the best fucking coffee I've ever had, he's also an inspiration to a lot of people looking for direction fresh out of the military as well as others looking for purpose in their own lives. Well written and read by Mat.

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