I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
I really enjoyed American Sniper. It gives an in depth look at what a SEAL sniper is capable of. I really never understood how much combat actually took place in Iraq due to the lack of coverage on the national news channels. You basically got how many soldiers died today due to IEDs and how inept George W. Bush was (I disagree). This book really tells you what was going on in Iraq's hot spots and how the SEALs were used to counter the insurgents. Our soldiers rules of engagement are too restrictive. The perspective of Chris's wife was very insightful as to how difficult marriage to an operator is. The part about punching out "scruff face" was hillarious. He deserved it for running his mouth. The narration is very good, he has a southern accent that fits the author. If you enjoyed Howard Wasdin's SEAL Team Six or Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor you will like American Sniper.
He mentions too often how badly he wants to kill people. Ok... He also takes the tough-guy persona to a douche level. Especially when he thinks it's awesome to have bar fights and kill people. Chris desperately wants to be a cowboy, and he is living that life, killing and hurting the whole time.
It was just the type of non-intelligent war loving story you would expect from a brain washed cro-magnon. I have read much better insightful accounts of special forces heros. This guy comes off as a high school jock that grew up into an ultra right wing conservative who would prefer to let other people do his thinking for him.
No I have read much better accounts of the reality of war.
Performer had good intonation and feeling throughout.
Would never have published it.
I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.
Oh I love books about exceptional American's doing jobs that are tolling on both the mind and body. I could sing praises about this American but that only is a bit about this book on its own merits. Its like reading a modern day Audie Murphy story.
I love the description of training. Every single person that has gone threw basic in some form or other has multiple of these types of stories. I have my own memories of basic and this brings back how much fun it was.
This is a first person story so this doesn't really apply but its as if Chris was sitting down in a bar with you and he has a good story to tell.
American Sniper. Straight shooting from one of the greatest sharp shooters. ... I have no idea how this could ever be made into a movie it would be incredibly graphic and far to un-PC for Hollywood
This is a good book, in the style of
I chose this book because the movie trailer was masterfully done; gripping and suspenseful in less than 30 seconds. I knew going in that the writing was simplistic, I'd been warned about that, but I was hoping for some first-hand introspection on war, invasion and the line between innocent and enemy from a combatant's perspective. Instead, what you get is a series of short war anecdotes. If you prefer your war autobiographies to be more "'Muuurica!!" and less "Tolstoy" than this is the book for you.
Unfortunately, the author was murdered in February, 2013 while trying to help a fellow veteran with PTSD. I would have liked to have seen whether or not the passage of time may have broadened his perspective and made him a bit more reflective on our involvement in Iraq.
The narrator elected, or was instructed, to read the book with a "good 'ol boy" twang that was, apparently, indicative of the author's own accent. Sometimes this lent a sense of authenticity, other times it was grating. The narrator's choice to vocally emphasize, and sometimes over emphasize, particularly eye-raising opinions held by the author only served to highlight Mr. Kyle's rather jingoistic world view.[I'm probably lucky, he seems like the kind of guy who would hunt me down and beat the crap out of me for daring to question his sense of morality, all while explaining to me that he's just a "silent professional" who wouldn't normally do that kind of thing... followed up by a story of how he and his buddies once beat the crap out of a guy for being a wuss.]
Somewhat entertained, mostly disappointed. The author's explanations of tactics and weaponry were fascinating, but his opinions of war and the righteousness of America struck me as simplistic at best and borderline psychotic at worst. To the author, the individuals he encountered in Iraq can be summed up as follows; they were either "the enemy," "worthless," or "in the way." He didn't even bother to pay lip service to the notion that somewhere, among "the savages," their might have been a few innocent people who deserved some thought. Mr. Kyle was openly dismissive of the idea that winning the hearts and minds of the country was of value. To him, killing "bad guys" was the only answer to saving American lives, and the All-American hero pulling the trigger was the only one qualified to discern between innocent and enemy. He also made no bones about the fact that, if he had his way, it would be shoot first and ask questions later. In his world, only wussies and fat bureaucrats care about things like collateral damage and being held accountable for the lives of non-combatants. Rules of engagement simply got in the way of Chris Kyle doing his job... which was to kill anyone who, in his sole discretion, was a "bad guy." The author fully admitted that, to him, the world was pretty much black and white and through his writing it becomes clear that a person is either a "bad-ass" or not worth his time. Such an outlook might serve a Navy SEAL well in combat, but it makes for a lot of grimaces for a listener who was hoping for something more thought provoking than CALL OF DUTY: THE NOVEL. After listening to the book I doubt I'll see the movie.
I have the deepest respect and gratitude for Chris Kyle's service, but as a person and author, I have to say I think he's kind of a jerk. The story (stories) weren't well told, and his life choices seemed ego driven. I couldn't help thinking over and over about how selfish and self-motivated his decisions were.
I wish him success in his professional training business, and in his family life. But I won't buy another of his books.
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The novel was interesting, however there are much better works out there that pretty much cover the same material. Other than the Mr. kyle's kill count there is nothing really remarkable about this novel. The funny thing is you get the sense that the writing is shallow almost like he used a ghost writer.
Just because the protagonist is a good ol' boy from Texas, this doesn't mean that he is a rube! And, be assured, that's how the narrator plays the character. Distracting.
Finish the story as quickly as possible to limit the pain.
Not exactly 93 Kills nor Master Sniper.
Chris Kyle was brave, no doubt, and maybe it takes a simplified view of the world to go out and do what these guys do, but it's not a video game and these are real people being killed. He glorified his kills and "just couldn't wait to get back out there and kill some bad guys." I guess my world view is more nuanced and I align myself with those "Yankees" whom he disparages. I hated this book from page 1.