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.
Ok, this will probably do no good since this is so prevalent in audiobooks but just because your main character is from Texas; that does not mean you need to perform a bad imitation of Will Ferrell doing a bad imitation of George W. Bush.
As a native Texan, the narrator's accent was just so irritating. Or should I say
I want to thank his family for creating the circumstances that gave us this remarkable person. What a tragic end to an American Hero, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
The alternating perspectives between Chris and his wife throughout his deployment made this book feel more real to me. Chris did not presume to speak for her or to interpret her views but rather allowed her to speak to the reader directly.
The honesty of Chris through the book showing the reader things they may think disturbing, reprehensible or even just pathetic. These were paralleled with moments that make Chris and others around him easy to relate to.
As someone who has watched quite a few interviews with Chris Kyle, I think John Pruden allowed the personality of Chris Kyle and his writing to shine through.
The soul of an American sniper.
When he took down the drug dealer thinking he was an actor in a role-play scenario and when he moons his neighbor.
Great pacing and I also liked that the book gives his wife Taya's perspective. Her POV gives insight into the sacrifices those left at home go through.
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.
I found myself hurrying this book along towards the last few chapters. I've read some other books by Navy Seals out there, and this one is my least favorite. It wasn't boring, but nothing exactly stood out. I'd advise giving "Lone Survivor" a try first before listening to this book.
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.
The honesty from the writer was sobering. The input from his wife made this real. It made me realize the immense debt society has towards guys like Mr Kyle that are willing to risk everything for the rest of us, whether you are an American or not.
Good reading. At no point did I get the idea that he was not part of the story.
Yes, but I could not. Trivial things like work and life kept me busy!
Chris Kyle wrote a great story. I enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it was done. He achieved a lot and one forgets that it is because he was in a fight more than everybody else, he was good at what he did, he was well prepared, he had excellent guys around him, he had a goal and a reason why he did all this, and finally he was probably very lucky as well. The stuff he survived was incredible. I sometimes got the idea that he was born to fight.
But these guys do pay a price that the rest of society does not. These guys pay with their lives, friends, and families to allow the rest of society to stand in the presence of a free nation and critisize evrything of their choosing even the very men that protects that freedom. They deserve respect and support in battle and when back at home. I am not an American, but I do think that the American soldier today deserves more from some their own people and the free world in general.
Thanks Chris, for sharing yours and other soldiers experiences. Made me even prouder to be living in this great country, and knowing that good young men and women are still fighting for our freedom!