Chris Kyle tells an amazing story of his career from BUDS though his retirement from active duty. He gives a great description of what he went through and gave me even great respect for all our service men and women do.
I really enjoyed the personal descriptions of the situations he was in.
I really enjoyed his account of what would later become known as his record distance kill.
The loss of Chis Kyle is a true travesty. His memory will live on through this book and will hopefully allow many more to gain a new understanding and respect for what our special operators go through to keep us safe around the world.
This book obviously was written from the heart. It is a little unpolished, just like a Texas cowboy should be. He looks deeply into his own life and the people around him. It is a shame he died so young and I hope there are plans to do a post script with this book in the future. Worth listening to many many times.
That it came from his heart without self grandiosity.
The death of a close friend who was wounded with him overseas. I could feel his pain.
We will miss this hero...
The Real Deal
Chris Kyle He was my favorite because of who he was and what he stood for. He had a hard line to walk puting his country second behind God at times and then puting his family second at other times.
This is what Terrorists FEAR.
Despite some of the negative reviews about Chris being arrogant, I listened to this book. I found him to be one of the most humble and greatful individuals on the planet. He chalks everything up to luck and being in the right spot. He never shows any arrogance. He had an incredible gift and never once acted like he was a hero. We need more men like him in America.
Talking about Lee & Ryan. You could feel the admiration for both of his friends. Also talking about all the programs that have started that are available to our veterans.
The last half hour when he speaks about all the work that is being done now for our wounded veterans. The different programs that been started by family members.
It's right up there near the top.
Don't know. First time I've read a book like this. I've read a few like Flight of the Condor and Bat 21. Those were war time stories, but different situations.
Several. The tragic fact that Chris Kyle survived four tours of duty in the middle east only to come home and be murdered by someone he was trying to help. So whenever he talks about quitting to come home and be with his family, it kind of gets to you.
If you don't understand the importance of snipers in todays military, you may not like this book. Or maybe you'll come to understand how important they are. Wars kill people. But snipers are the most precise method there is. With snipers, collateral damage is almost nil. With the strict rules of engagement, chosing a non-combatant target, has been virtually eliminated. Chris says he doesn't look at it like killing the enemy, but saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and the people he's there to protect. In my opinion, that's exactly right. Better to kill one enemy than to let them blow up or shoot 10's or 100's more.
As far as how the book was written, it's sort of like a diary or a day in the life of Chris Kyle. There are also sections that were written by his wife.
If this book doesn't pull your heart strings, you need to get them checked! ;)
Calling out the current administration's policies as debilitating and dangerous to our armed forces and our country.
Family life and struggles, especially now that Chris has been killed while helping others recover from war damage.
Support Chris' family and legacy by listening to his story.
No. The book subject, Chris Kyle's service and actions as a special forces operator in the Navy Seals, smacks of self-aggrandizing tales of conquest (including an apparent incident involving a fight with Jessie Ventura at a bar frequented by Navy Seals. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified by the Seal community), brutish bigotry toward Iraqis, and a childish inferiority complex regarding serving officers in the Seal teams. I felt like I was hearing one drinking story after the other, with each story getting more incredible and fantastic.
My lasting impression of the narrative is one of grave disappointment. I was hoping for the sober recollection of Chris Kyle's service and actions as a Seal Sniper in a manner similar to Michael Durant's memoir (In the company of heroes), or the critical examination of his own actions that are exemplified by Phillip Caputo (Rumors of War) or Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). Instead the story unfolds like that of a country bumpkin that became a Seal sniper. I think the most objectionable aspect of the memoir is Chris Kyle's apparent fidelity to the Christian faith as a means of comfort, yet without any examination of his beliefs or perspectives pertaining to Iraq or its citizens. His clumsy presentation of faith at best makes him come across as a crusader and at worst a very stupid man.
I think what Special Forces operators do is very dangerous, difficult, and requires heartfelt dedication and esprit de corps that is uncommon, and as such forms the basis of my review. Not just anybody does become a Navy Seal, nor should they, so what gets published or presented as fact should be judged so accordingly. Overall I don't think this book does many favors for the Navy. From this book's rendering it would seem that Navy Seals are ill-disciplined brutish killers incapable of higher reasoning or deliberate thought, a charge I doubt is true.
I thought John Pruden gave an excellent performance. His Texas twang and delivery made the character of the book authentic.
Maybe. I went to see Seal Team 6 and was surprised to see that the producers of the film at least tried to enter the complexity of their subject. However, I am not expecting the quality of The Hurt Locker, Homeland, or Zero Dark Thirty. If the film is made by a good executive producer who can present the Chris Kyle's objectionable bigotry as a facet of a complex personality, then the film might be pretty good.
A bar fight with Jessie Ventura, after Jessie apparently disrespects his fellow Seals? Seriously?
citizen to emulate
Helped me understand the true meaning of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's definition of a Sheepdog protecting his or her sheep. A must read for every patriotic American!
Texas accent with confidence, respect for others, and can do attitude come through in John Pruden’s interpretation of Kyle's voice
This is one of my favorite nonfiction books. American Sniper allows civilians like me to have a glimpse into what our military go through to protect our country.
The author is the main character, and therefore my favorite.
I enjoy the excerpts where his wife is commenting on how things are from her prospective.
I purchased this book just after hearing of the authors tragic murder here in the United States. There is some strong language, so I would not let my young children listen, but it is a book about war and it is not out of context. The author explains in detail different types of military guns and ammo, so gun enthusiast will enjoy it. The description is kept simple, so that it does not distract from the story.
When Chris was trying to help a fellow soldier who was not going to make it.
An American legend.
It's very sad that Chris died on American soil, trying to help a fellow soldier. It's just not fair to his family or friends.