Om my gosh NO not anything relating to Chris Kyle.
Narrated by John Pruden - Yes he made the book worth finishing.
No No No! Chris is from Texas where everything is always bigger better faster. Pity I cannot give away spoilers and Prove this guy is a glory seeker in the best form. He did mention in the book about the gun imprinted on his sights - so true.
John knew where the story had to go and he took it there with a very solid performance. I am going to find a good book he narrated to fully enjoy his work.
Chris Kyle. He is just not worth reading about. I read an article about the book and the glory he claimed, they advised against reading the book but stubborn me had to read it. Proven in the story it was all a numbers game.
I was really disappointed and expected a true Hero not gloating. I have read less fiction in Red Country.
Yes, but i mostly prefer audio format because it enables me to do a variety of other things.
Dealing Death and the Fallujah bits.
What a bad ass, high speed, hard charger.
I found Chris to make most of all his decisions for his own selfish reasons which I found myself the entire book really questioning his motives. Disappointing.
The story is great and I look forward to the movie. Narration had what I consider as a Texas resident a little overdone inflections. Overall...a very good listen.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Wow! This narrator was bad. I mean, really bad. For some reason he used a fake southern accent that made the words of a badass navy SEAL sound like Forrest Gump. He also got a lot of the inflections, tones and narrative flow very wrong. I know that Chris Kyle isn't an author and expected the writing to reflect that, but anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out how the words were meant to sound out loud. John Prudent is an idiot!
The story itself was awesome. Mr. Kyle has lived an amazing life. His tale was heroic and heartbreaking and seemed very real. Also, he told it in an unflinching, no-apologies way that was shocking and breathtaking. There's no way to truly know what going through his experiences would be like without actually living them, but I felt like I came as close as possible by hearing his words. I teared up... A few times.
As for the war in Iraq, and war in general, I loved hearing Chris's views and opinions on it. He's a simple man, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. He has a black and white outlook on life. I guess its a soldier's outlook... A SEAL's outlook.
If this book had been read by a competent reader (I'd suggest R. C. Bray) it would have been a five star audio book. Oh well. The worlds not a perfect place.
Like I'm realizing happens with many military autobiographies, the author attempts the "humble brag", i.e. "I'm not bragging, but I'm the best (fill in the blank) there is." The story doesn't have much continuity or flow, it jumps from one random story to the next. The insights from his wife don't add much.
I liked the pace and structure of this book. So many battle stories I've read are so long and drawn out that I lose the flow. This was quick stories, to the point, and clear. I also liked the reader. All the details about the weapons was lost on me but I'm sure gun lovers can really get into that. What I had trouble with was the authors personal beliefs about God and country, marriage, child rearing, and the like. Yes, I know it really was the whole point of the book, and I don't have trouble with it being included. But it requires the reader to deal with his attitude toward war, his marriage, etc. And personally I found I didn't like the guy much.
I realize there are these type of people out there - and I'm glad they are on our side, but I would not choose him as a good friend - and I'm sure he wouldn't like me much either. I respect him as a soldier. I honor his sacrifice. But I wouldn't want his type of person making up the rules and running things. There are just other things to consider in war besides "killing the savages." I don't consider these type of people as heros. They join the military because they like to fight, they like to kill. I don't see that as heroic. His story of the soldier that jumped on the hand-grenade to save his buddies - that was the hero. Someone who goes into harms way because he likes war and likes to kill people, for whatever reason, is a soldier doing a job. Conversly, I see this guy as so humble that he would probably be the last person to call himself a hero. I wouldn't call him a savage brut. He seems to be introspective, humble, teachable, caring and even quite sensitive about many things. It is just hard for me to see both sides of these characteristics in a single person. I guess that's just my narrow thinking.
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This is my fifth or sixth "Special Forces" type book. Most I've liked. This was slow. Maybe too many writers (I count four, including bits from his wife). Lack of compelling details. I'm sure Kyle was a good soldier but as for book writing, hopefully there will be professional writer that will do justice to his story. Standing in the kitchen doesn't make one a chef.
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?