This book was referred to me by a coworker who had previously read it. I am planning on seeing the movie and really try my hardest to read the book before I see the film version. I'm not sure who I was listening to the whole time but he really helped draw me in! There were times in the story where I could hear him sound as if he was going to cry. It really helped covey Chris Kyle's life. I have a connection to the military so it made it even more real. I'm making my husband listen to it now!
I have the utmost respect for Mr. Kyle. His service to our country was outstanding and thank god for men like him. I admire men who don't know what half-ass means. As I listened to this book i felt that old felling of remorse. I didn't serve and have felt guilty ever since. The 60's were just different.
I remember the day Chris was killed. It was very near where I live and it was a very big local news item. This isn't the greatest piece of literary work and not the best written but it is profound. It should be on everyone's reading list.
This book belongs with R. V. Bergen and Eugene Sledge's work. Their stories about their part in WWII are mirrored by Kyle's story 60 years later. Thanks to all the men like Mr. Kyle
I read lone survivor and was drawn to read this.
Chris Kyle (r.i.p) is very ra ra American, let's go kill some people. There are so many moments throughout the book he comes off as contradictory. Claiming he doesn't want to brag,etc- but then subsequently doing it the next sentence. Training deets were cool. Story was meh...
I've been wanting to read this for a while, and finally got the time to start it. It is an interesting story of the U.S.'s most lethal sniper, but you have to understand, Kyle is no one special. His story is interesting, but it isn't amazing. He even states his title was mostly because of luck, not luck in ability but just being in the right place at the right time. It's more interesting to hear the tension his job put on his family and his ties to what he felt was honorable.
The narration was a little rough but I personally think it is because Pruden makes an attempt at a Texan accent which most people not from Texas most always fail to do. But you can tell he has had military service which does help the story.
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
If you want to know what it is to be an American Patriot, who would do what ever it takes for God and Country, then read or listen to the story of Chris Kyle. Our nation and the soldiers he served with, were lucky to have such a superb warrior to look after them. I loved his honesty about the places he served and those he fought against. His descriptions of respect and camaraderie for all soldiers he served with was inspiring, while a sense of humor and humanity sparked interest in the composure he carried while dealing death to the enemy. Excellent
It was one of the best.
I was interested mainly in hearing about the mind and actions of snipers. What I got in addition to that was information about how Navy Seals train, the brotherhood they share with each other, how Chris Kyle's military career affected his family (in the words of his wife) and the fascinating details of what goes through the minds of soldiers caught in a fire fight. It was fascinating.
I haven't. But just from this one performance I would certainly listen to others he's done. His Texas accent was so believable I thought Chris Kyle was narrating the story. I wondered, after finishing the book if the accent was put on or not. If it was, Pruden is a master narrator.
Neither, but it kept me riveted to the story and I was anxious to hear more.
I'm glad I stumbled upon this book. I've been recommending it to many of my friends.
Excellent tale of the Navy SEALs in combat. Provides a sense of the stresses experienced not just by our elite warriors, but all those troops who've had the a heavy combat experience.
Yes, I always enjoy the audio version - brings the story to life.
Chris Kyle, by far.
I particulary like his story of his experiences of living as a cowboy.
How the soldiers took care of each other. The fact that the Chris was willing to be so honest about his feelings and that he knows what he did was the right thing to do.
What a great book. After reading his story, I went to look for similar stories that would inspire me and how my every day living in the safety of an American suburb - is not free but has been paid by American blood of men and women who laid down their lives so we can live under the banner of safety.