Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Best - stories about training. Least - editorializing.
Kyle is clearly a great war hero. His book is nearly ruined by pointless editorializing about military hierarchy, religion, family life, patriotism etc. I know this has made him even more of a celebrity on the political right but if you don't share his politics there are better books about life in Special Operations out there that don't come with the Tea Party message.
I was really interested in this book when I saw it but I author has begun to lime his loegend a little too much. He keeps saying how humble he is then goes into an ego driven lecture about his feats. It was a little too much.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. If you ant to read about SEALS, then listen to LONE SURVIVOR.
I got bored with it and shelfed it twice before finishing it.
The story lacks the details of good story telling. Chris Kyle has a good story to tell, and may yet tell his story. This book comes with a snarly tone. The narrative lacks details of missions, of outcomes, equipment, or fellow warriors. The disparaging and disrespectful comments about this officers discredit the Kyle
There is a story to be told about all our warriors. Perhaps in time some else will tell this story in a way that will give all others involved the respect they are due, and will add to the history of battles.
I don't think so. Maybe after vetting the reviews.
I am not sure
I would have cut the negative attitude from the start. Perhaps had a better historical writer or a journalist write the story.
While I'm thankful for the service and devotion that Chris has shown to his country, I wasn't impressed with his book. Separating out the two issues -- service and book -- is important, as it is easy to get caught up in a patriotic spirit high. Nevertheless, I thought that the book was disjointed. In addition, Chris is obviously a guy who prides himself on bar fights and being tough, but he tries (poorly) to cover it up with a humble gloss in the book.
The narration is very poor. I'm from the south and appreciate a good southern accent, but the narrator attempted what seemed to be an overly contrived Texas accent that diminished from the quality of the book and accentuated the impression that the book and Chris were manipulating reality.
I would not recommend this book. While the topic is intriguing it is poorly written.
I do not know yet.
There was only one character in the book
Not at all
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.
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.