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"The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better place then they discovered it in." (Matt Hardy, multiple-time world tag team champion)

The electric and daring independent wrestling tag team tells their inspiring story, revealing how two undersized, ambitious amateur athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans and coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup.

Famous for their highflying moves, Superkicks and viral videos, Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the hottest and most talented competitors in professional wrestling today. Known as the Young Bucks, this pair of ambitious brothers are an inspiration to both fans and aspiring wrestlers worldwide due to their message of resilience and determination. That they are also faithful family men devoted to their loved ones gives them additional appeal.

A warm, heartfelt story of hope, perseverance, and undying ambition told with the brothers’ wit and charm, Young Bucks begins in Southern California, where two young boys grew up dreaming of success and fame. Matt and Nick look back on the sacrifices they made to achieve their ambitions, from taking odd jobs to pay for their own wrestling ring to hosting backyard events with friends. They share their joy at being recruited into the amateur California circuit and the work it took to finally make it professionally, and speak frankly about what it means to have the support of millions of fans cheering their talents in arenas nationwide. The Young Bucks talk endearingly about their sport, their faith, and their families, sharing personal reflections and behind-the-scenes anecdotes while paying tribute to the wrestling acts and inspirations that came before them. They also elaborate on this historical time in the evolution of wrestling, as the sport and its culture dramatically change day by day.

Alternating between each brother’s perspective from chapter to chapter, this entertaining memoir is a complete portrait of what it means to grow into - and give back to - wrestling, the sport and profession they embody and love.

©2020 Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not narrated by the Bucks

I wouldn’t have bought this if I knew it was just a random narrator, but the book itself is excellent

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This audio book is........... Meh. It's OK.

I should start by saying that I'm not really a fan of the Young Bucks. I watch AEW. I was familiar with them before AEW began. But I don't really like the way they come across. I still have 2 hours left of this audio book, but I felt inclined to leave a review. I will still finish the book.

JR's two books really set the benchmark for me, for wrestling autobiographies. These guys (the Bucks) are of a completely different time though. I thought it would be worth a listen, since not only is it the hot wrestling book at the moment, but I knew these guys had done a lot of travelling and met a lot of interesting characters. So I was keen to hear about it.

The first thing I'll mention is the narrator. While he does a fine job for the most part, he obviously has no idea what he's talking about and does not know how to pronounce the names of the wrestlers, the promotions, the moves and so on. That's fine, but when you're listening to him for almost 10 hours it does become a little annoying. Especially when he goes through a period of a few minutes where he does it several times.

My second gripe with the book is the constant switching back and forth between Matt and Nick. If you are listening to the book at the same time as doing something else, it's quite easy to miss the name before the chapter and then you have no idea who wrote the chapter you are listening to.

I still think this is worth a listen. If you're a wrestling fan anyway. But let's be honest, nobody is reading this book if they aren't a fan of wrestling. So when the book goes out of it's way to explain things like what Wrestlemania is, you just think come on...

With all of that said, it can be an interesting listen. I found it fun listening to their stories of their time in Japan, in TNA, WWE tryouts etc, and even before all of that when they were kids. I'm looking forward to hearing about the beginning of AEW, towards the end of the book. But I don't think it will be anything I haven't heard already at this point.

So if you have nothing else to read or listen to; Give it a go. I don't think you'll hate it. Just don't expect anything amazing.

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Great book!

The book itself was amazing!!!! It’s a shame the guy reading clearly has never watched wrestling or know nothing of that scene. Miss pronunciation of names and factions and tags just shows.

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Absolutely phenomenal

I finished this book in 2 days. It was so hard to put down! I swapped between reading on my kindle to listening to the audio book when doing housework because i couldnt get enough. What a brilliant insight into their career. I especially loved the last chapter, hearing about the beginning of AEW. I have gained even more respect for Matt and Nick after reading about all the hard work they have put in to get to where they are today, they have earned every success to come their way. congratulations to them both.

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Awesome and highly recommend

Great stories from start to end about the journey the young bucks went through, a truly emotional rollercoaster with it's ups and downs that ultimately come full circle to a happy ending/present. The narrating is also great and very expressive. It's also a good read for both wrestling and non wrestling fans as it goes into detail explaining the wrestling jargon and moves to the uninitiated

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A must read

A awesome book about the young bucks a must read for any fan of this tag team

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2020

Why is a white guy doing voices for Booker T?

That's one of my pressing issues, aside from that, not much new info. A very basic retelling of the history any fan already knew. No cool road stories, nothing super interesting I'm.childhood. Do not Recommend.

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  • CAK
  • 24-02-2021

Anyone could get behind the Elite

This book makes you feel happy. Matt and Nick can appel to anyone. Every person mentioned is important. Keep up the good work guys. Keep being ELITE

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  • aaron evans
  • 22-02-2021

5 stars!

so disappointed it took me this long to read this. Great book and very entertaining!

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  • Ellainey V.
  • 20-02-2021

I absolutely loved this book.

I was genuinely upset when the book ended, I just wanted more. Great read. #AEW

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  • Robert L. jennings
  • 09-02-2021

Better than Expected

Love the bucks and been following them since PWG. A lot of really cool moments and stories are shared here. Very clear and cool flow as well.

The Narrator is the same guy who does Chris Jericho’s books and is amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2021

great story. average narration

The story was great but the narrator was not great. He pronounced a lot of names wrong and he did a fairly offensive voice when voicing an African American. It would have been better if the Young Bucks had read it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2021

Loved It

This book is a must read for any wrestling or Young Bucks Fan. I couldn't stop listening! I hope the release another book with more details about AEW. I wish it was read by the Bucks but maybe next time

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  • kjacks8
  • 07-01-2021

Great story, but we've heard it all before

I have followed these 2 on youtube for years now. so I've heard most of the stories. I wanted it to be read by them. but oh well. still great story telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2020

Great story hurt by the narrator

The narrator does not know the language and terms about wrestling, When the narrator says a name, move, or wrestling term wrong and then continues to say the names wrong for the next few minutes it gets frustrating, it takes you out of the story. Not the books fault.

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  • Cody Geeenwood
  • 23-12-2020

Beyond Elite

This book tells the story of what I would consider to be the best tag team in American Wrestling. Very powerful storytelling and beyond phenomenal performance by the reader

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  • emma mcmenemy
  • 22-02-2021

First Audible

The reason I am back into wrestling was BTE a few years back. Brilliant book. 🤘🏽

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  • P. Kissock
  • 20-02-2021

Great content issues with performance

Really good book but narrator mispronounced a lot of names which frustrated me as a wrestling fan

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  • phil hodgson
  • 16-02-2021

Amazing for any Bucks fan, must listen

Amazing listen for any Young Bucks fan, well worth the money. Super kick partyy wooo!

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  • Alison Baron
  • 30-01-2021

Those names!

Overall a very interesting look at the Bucks life. I'm not as annoyed by the narrator's inability to pronounce names as some seem to be but it is distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2020

great listen

a few times the narrator pronounced names incorrectly, great otherwise and gives a fascinating looking into a very important time in wrestling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-2020

Chasing The Dream & Living It

Followed these guys from the indies and early bullet club days all the way to AEW. Wrestling was resurrected by the Young Bucks and wrestling became something spectacular again. Beatiful story telling and a eye opener when it comes to never giving up. I learned a lot about how all the aew stars are actually connected by random friendships. Great book and a joy to read.

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  • Buster B.
  • 12-12-2020

Great Book. Lazy Narration.

A great book but the narrator very clearly didn't care about what he was reading sounded like he just picked it up did his job and left it. Didnt bother to learn how to pronounce half the names some of which were laughably bad.

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  • theryanwatkins
  • 11-12-2020

One of, if not the best wrestling autobiography

this book is brilliant. telling the story of the bucks from backyard to the big time. it is an awesome read for any wrestling fan. a massive 10/10 goes out the narrator as he really makes the book come alive and his charisma tells the story well.

a great book. meltzer style 8 out of 5 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2020

Good book for any independent / wrestling fan

I realy enjoyed the book and liked how both guys were involved.
This book will appeal to people who are fans of AEW, the independent circuit and people who are keen for wrestling to go against the WWE monopoly.

The story was a bit light in places and does move quite quickly when you want them to dwell or go in to more detail, but generally it is really good.

Narration is good and passionate and i would recommend people to give this a try.

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  • D...... #
  • 04-12-2020

The Young Bucks THE ELITE !!!!!!

I thought it was really good and informative enjoyed learning about the real Bucks.

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