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 am a Physics and Engineering student.
I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend this book.
I liked the pace and structure of this book. So many battle stories I've read are so long and drawn out that I lose the flow. This was quick stories, to the point, and clear. I also liked the reader. All the details about the weapons was lost on me but I'm sure gun lovers can really get into that. What I had trouble with was the authors personal beliefs about God and country, marriage, child rearing, and the like. Yes, I know it really was the whole point of the book, and I don't have trouble with it being included. But it requires the reader to deal with his attitude toward war, his marriage, etc. And personally I found I didn't like the guy much.
I realize there are these type of people out there - and I'm glad they are on our side, but I would not choose him as a good friend - and I'm sure he wouldn't like me much either. I respect him as a soldier. I honor his sacrifice. But I wouldn't want his type of person making up the rules and running things. There are just other things to consider in war besides "killing the savages." I don't consider these type of people as heros. They join the military because they like to fight, they like to kill. I don't see that as heroic. His story of the soldier that jumped on the hand-grenade to save his buddies - that was the hero. Someone who goes into harms way because he likes war and likes to kill people, for whatever reason, is a soldier doing a job. Conversly, I see this guy as so humble that he would probably be the last person to call himself a hero. I wouldn't call him a savage brut. He seems to be introspective, humble, teachable, caring and even quite sensitive about many things. It is just hard for me to see both sides of these characteristics in a single person. I guess that's just my narrow thinking.
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.
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!
Could not recommend
The Texas accent that the narrator adopted felt forced, wasn't that good and was unnecessary. After several hours of listening to words pronounced without the trailing letter G, I couldn't take it anymore. Messin and drivin and divin and shootin got old.
The best way to read.
I had a hard time putting this one down. It was entertaining, eye opening, and refreshing. Chris Kyle is "representing" life in the military for service members and their families. He shares his point of view on many topics/beliefs that are shared by a lot of service members and their families, but do not express outside the military community. PC and all that. It was cool to hear about his life as a SEAL and his time in Iraq. Chris Kyle's honesty about his struggle there and at home. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book. I will most likely listen to it a few more times within the next year.