American Sniper ranks right below "No Easy Day" in my opinion, but is a very close second.
I liked the "real" and "explanatory" way that the narrator read the story. That, and he sounds like a Good Ol' Boy.
He adds emphasis that I dont think would have stuck out if I read the book
This is an awesome listen, and I will recommend it to all my buddies!
I only realized this was the American Seal that was murdered on Feb. 2012, AFTER I had bought and listened to about 2 hours of it. It changed the listening experience in a major way, making it feel much more personal and...surreal I would say. It is an engrossing book, ultra patriotic, very funny, often sad, never boring, and educational, all rolled into one. I found myself wishing I had joined the military as a kid, and had such adventures in my life as well. When I realized who he was and what had happened at that ranch, it really made me think about my own mortality, you just never know how long you have on this earth. After living through so much in war, to be shot while trying to help others is just a huge tragedy.
The narration was dead on, I don't know what Chris Kyle really sounded like, but I don't think you could have found a better voice. The narrator even choked up at places in the book, and I think it was genuine emotion, because I choked up a bit as well. One of the best books I've ever listened to.
And I have to say it here, Thanks to Chris and all the others in the military that have given so much for our country!
I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.
The glimpse into the life of a Navy Seal was amazing. These guys deserve our respect and gratitude. The week after I finished the book Chris Kyle was killed. He was helping a Marine with PTSD. I don't , for a moment, think I would have been friends with Kyle, but I felt a sense of loss for him, his family and our country.
The story was compelling and intereting and even a little disturbing. One thing that drove me nuts is the fact that the reader pronounced every word that ended in "ing" without the g. I am from the same area pf Texas as the author and no one here says "anythin" or "somethin." It got very monotonous and annoying.
No. Not relevant for many readers.
The southern drawl didn't go over well with me
No. Too much repetitive material. Characters were shallow. No depth.
I was intrigued by the notion of a sniper and the killing of over 150 people. However, I didn't ever connect with the author or his comrades.
I enjoyed the whole book
He uses a good tone through out the stories
No that would not work for me way too busy..
Say something about yourself!
I've been reading a bunch of the Iran/Afghanistan war memoirs lately.
No Easy Day was the best.
The Red Circle was outstanding.
Lone Survivor was good.
American Sniper? A good story but not a must read.
The most interesting observation I can make is that the two memoirs by Texans (Lone Survivor and American Sniper) said an aweful lot about the Texas mentality, not one of my favorite states.
The other two books were more nuanced, less knee-jerk macho, kind of the "thinking man's" SEAL memoir.
The four authors were all outstanding SEALS and honorable warriors but I think I'd rather not invite the two Texans over for dinner.
If you like Texas, and Texans, this is a must read.
The southern accent of the narrator really pulled me into thinking Chris himself was reading it!
Its a very different experience to listen to Kyle's unique perspective on the war in Iraq, not one that we would recognize state-side. This Hot-headed, Gun-Ho, lucky, goof-ball, switches from laughter to deep sadness and everything in between as he describes multiple back-to-back combat tours.
American Sniper was interesting and entertaining. I've just liked several recent books much better, like 'Red Circle' and 'No Easy Day'.
This was a good listen. I was kind of surprised though, at how many times it was just another day at the office. Non the less, one has to admire the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers. These guys put their lives on the line every day for the United States and I don't think people realize what a toll it takes on their lives and families. I enjoyed it very much.