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.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Right from the very beginning, you get a sense of Chris Kyle; the type of man he is. He loved going to war, killing bad guys and fighting for his country. He makes no apologies for being who he is. He's honest. This is brought out well in the narrator's telling. The narration is great.
I find some of the reviews of this story a little overly dramatic. Was Kyle a hero? I suppose he was in the sense that any soldier fighting for his country is a hero. But he was certainly not a god like so many reviewers make him out to be. He is exactly what he says he is: a soldier who was there to get the job done.
I was a little disappointed to find that this book didn't go into much depth on the sniping. Kyle has the most confirmed kills of any American military sniper in history. But even he says he was not a great sniper by any means. Most of his kills were opportunistic. He was simply the guy that had more chances to kill, and did. I was hoping to hear more detailed accounts of sniping missions. But most of it is all glossed over. Usually it comes down to "We were providing overwatch for a unit. I saw three targets that day and killed them." Quite disappointing. I have previously listened to "Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills" and found it to be far more detailed and interesting. Kyle even mentions the sniper that book is based on (a man named Hathcock), stating he is the greatest sniper in American military history.
Although Kyle is a sniper and has the record for most kills, this book is more of a general account of his life as a SEAL. Not that that is a bad thing. I liked it. But the title implied we would get a lot more detail of his sniping. I also found that there was so much that he did in his career, that we never get a full detail of any of his missions. Just general details before quickly moving onto the next thing.
If you want a detailed look at sniping and detailed missions, listen to "Marine Sniper". It's solid.
Great story about the navy seals and their deployment in Iraq.
This story gives not only a vivid peek in to the military live & private live of an navy seal but gives also a realistic view of the fanatic violence that is in this region what mainly is driven by fanaticism in the middle east.
Yes, especially to those who think soldiers are brutal baby killers. This book gave me a new look into the life of a solider during war. Chris Kyle gives a detailed look into his experiences not just overseas, but what he goes through when he comes back stateside and needs to "all of sudden" transition back into a civilian lifestyle. This is definitely a book every American should read/listen to especially to those that don't have a family history of military service.
This type of book is hard to really have a favorite scene or passage for me as it flows so well that it all seems like one big scene. While there are chapters, Chris does a great job explaining his experiences and telling it in a way that seems so natural.
It was tough when Chris would give his wife's perspective. This really brought home the tug-of-war that is really tough for families where one of the partners is serving overseas and leaves the other back home to take care of everything by themselves. When Chris shared the times where his wife was ready to give up due to Chris' extreme dedication to the SEALs over his dedication to his family is when you really start to understand there's more to being a soldier than just war. I cannot imagine how hard it must be knowing you've been trained to do a job (and know that you do it well) but also know that you have a family back home who relies on you and would rather have you home...but supports you for your service. That constant tug-of-war is something you never hear about in news reports. This book gives that side of war and military service and is some of the most intense parts of this book to read/listen to.
When I realized that this is book that mentioned the alleged altercation with Jesse Ventura, I started to have a different take on the author. Why would someone admit to assaulting such a highly recognizable figure like this? There actually is no mention to Jesse Ventura by name in the book but Chris Kyle has come out in public interviews after the release of the book and stated that it was Jesse Ventura he was making reference to. This just seems crazy.This has come down to a "your word against mine" situation and Jesse Ventura denies it ever happened. While I know Jesse Ventura has spoken out against the various wars recently, I cannot imagine a former Navy SEAL would say such things as Chris Kyle has claimed. There seems to be a current lawsuit regarding this between Jesse Ventura and Chris Kyle so it will be interesting to see who is telling the truth once a verdict comes down.