The seals are very special people we (USA) are very lucky to have men willing to make this sacrifice.
Understanding how seals think
I thought the performance was just fine
Impressed by the commitment of the seals
Yes. If they were interested in this subject matter I would certainly recommend it.
I think the author's experiences as a Navy Seal were quite fascinating.
Yes. Good narration.
I'm sure that it would be possible. People are hot on Navy Seals these days.
What I liked:
We all like stories of sacrifice for a greater good. A lot of that in this book. Stories of heros and camaraderie are always good. I also liked that the author had a humble disposition despite his performance. It also added much to my perspective of the US wars fought over the last decade.
What I did not like: I did not like his language or philosophy/worldview at times. By the end of the book I was disgusted by his use, "We were slaughtering the savages." I also was not a fan of Western imperialism to the point that God is on our side. There was much talk throughout about maybe having a guardian angel, but not much talk of the 160+ enemies' killed guardian angels. I also did not like how we were the good guys and the enemies the "Bad guys" as if lines are that clear. The author had a very depersonalized view of the enemy. He makes it clear that such an attitude is necessary in war, but I am not sure it is necessary after the fact.
Maybe. I listened to it carefully the first time.
Chris Kyle of course
His accent is similar to Kyle's and the listener thinks he is listening to the author.
It was an amazing story of how one person can achieve a goal and succeed against all odds. It was eye opening to hear how he was able to cope with his deployments and personal life. It was nice to hear his honesty and see that he has been successful during and after his military service. Thank you for your service.
Didn't read print version
Chris Kyle - open and honest relay of what it was like to be a Navy Seal, Husband and someone committed to his military duty.
When they were ambushed in a house in Sadr City. Intense.
This book gave good insight of a military career from start to finish and let you in on the hardships, sacrifice and satisfaction one man experienced. Sometimes ran together with the detailed stories but was mostly very interesting. I would recommend this even to people who don't think they are fans of military themed books.
The Navy Seals are absolutely the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. Chris Kyle tells the story behind the media facade of the American servicemen in the Special Teams in a frank, unapologetic way; This is not a book for the squeamish.
His comments around his legendary service record are a tough read as he includes the uncomfortable details that most autobiographies leave out. He is not a perfect soldier, but he is clearly smart and effective. Kyle's respect and commitment to his brothers-in-arms is inspiring and comes out very strong in every chapter.
Sections written by his wife add important detail to how his long deployments in dangerous places affected their young family and how they adapted and supported each other.
I got tired of the narrator's "John Wayne" accent. It was a bit cliche.
It's never too late to live happily ever after!
Chris Kyle was in every major battle of the Iraq war and was wounded twice. He has 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills as a sniper. You may have seen him on TV recently on Stars Earn Stripes and Sons of Guns.
I listened to this book as I traveled across Texas a couple of weeks ago. I took the ensuing time to analyze my emotional response to the book and to figure out what I really thought about this rather unusual story of a deadly SEAL's military career.
The very talented John Pruden is the narrator for American Sniper. He did an amazing job and offered a credible West Texas twang. He sounds very much like Chris Kyle who was born and reared in the Odessa, Texas, area. My husband, who also has that kind of Texas drawl, wasn't offended at all by the faux Texas voice.
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Amazing long distance shots and close quarters combat are presented matter-of-factly and honestly without Kyle trying to pretty-up his actions. He tells it all, dispassionately until he talks about his fellow soldiers. That's when his emotion comes across. He makes the point in the book that he didn't fight to free Iraq. He fought for his country because that's what he was ordered to do, and he fought for the lives of his fellow soldiers. These men don't get to pick and choose their battles or the way they're even used. Often politics and higher-ups create as many challenges and dangers to these warriors as the enemy.
The insurgents, the ones he called the bad guys, or savages, were the ones Kyle sought in his sniper scope. The more bad guys he could pick off; the more Americans he might save. That was the bottom line for him, and it's a bottom line I'm forced to respect.
This book awed me, and it made me cry. War is hell, and that fact is never so evident as when Kyle talks about his friends who died so tragically.
I am not a person who thinks deadly force and violence are never called for. I'm a realist -- maybe because I've lived in and visited enough third world countries to know how truly idealistic and naive most Americans are. At the end of Kyle's book, he quotes something that a friend of his, another SEAL sniper who didn't make it, said: "Despite what your momma told you... Violence does solve problems."
Unfortunately, I agree with that assessment. Why unfortunately? Because I'd prefer to live in a world where diplomacy and common sense ruled, but that's not the case. Force of action and violence are what pulled the world back from Hitler's quest for world domination.
Soldiers like Kyle perform like super heroes on the battlefield, but the post-war is often not easily won. To do what Kyle did, a man has to compartmentalize the softer emotions. In fact, I think it's safe to say that a man must become a different person -- someone who can use violence to solve problems and use it damned fast and expertly.
In the end, what happens to that changed person when war is over is the bigger moral question.That question is unflinchingly presented by Kyle and by his wife Taya, whose viewpoint is also given in the book. Taya Kyle speaks openly about the challenges of being the wife of a SEAL, and, often, the only parent that the children may know, and about how hard it is to find the man she loves inside the returned warrior.
This book is riveting, gut-wrenching, and unforgettable. It's not just an extraordinary war memoir that gives readers a glimpse of what the whole Iraqui situation is really like. It's also an emotional and moving story -- warts and all -- about a hero's journey from ordinary citizen to warrior and back to ordinary citizen -- if one could ever call an ex-Navy SEAL sniper ordinary.
I like to keep things simple. This has got to be one of the most well written and expressed stories I have ever had the good sence to buy. I couldnt turn it off and if you love America I am sure you will find yourself in the same boat!
A little long in some parts. Very good on detail about sniper gear.
Ture American from the south
Interesting for war buffs.
The book was an eye opener to the very nature of being an American Soldier. I am amazed at how tough soldiers can become in defending our nation. The mind set of a Navy SEAL is astonishing. I am grateful for men and women who are willing to serve to protect our freedoms. Many pay the ultimate price to protect our freedom and this book gives one many moments of refection and clarity as to what war is really like and why soldiers go to war. Amazing!