The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’" -Renauldus Magnous
of course. Would'nt anyone?
Lone Survivor-The best reason for comparison is that Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell are cut from the same cloth. They are salt of the earth incredible modern warriors that without hesitation would lay down their lives to protect the greatest country in the world.
Feeling and connotation of the words allow for better understanding. When you hear someone telling a story that they lived it is easier to comprehend the reality of their heroic actions. It is certainly not the same but when you hear the story being told by a trained professional like John it is as close as you can get to hearing the story from Chris himself at a Bar-b-Que.
There is a moment early on where Chris describes his patriotism and honestly if every warrior on the American side shared his furor the very foundation of our enemies would shake with Fear.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
War is hell. Our young men are going through hell fighting a war that means nothing to our adversaries. The people who are fighting this war for the most part don’t even live in the country they are fighting in. I support our young people who brave their lives and fight against religious zealots.
Like I say it was an interesting story, and although John Prudin did a technically excellent job, he was badly cast, and I did not find him believable as a Navy Seal credited with killing 160, and possibly 255 human beings. Also, those whom I have met who have "Seen the Elephant" and especially elite forces are not as glib as Mr. Kyle about their experience.
I live in the United Staes Minor Outlying Islands, also known as Louisiana!
Interesting, honest, inspiring.
Marine Sniper, subject matter.
He sounded as though he was Chris Kyle.
When Chris shot the Iraqi woman, he had his natural thoughts of brief hesitancy. Thankfully his training took over. It brought me back to Carlos Hathcock's Apache woman. Would that he had had a clear shot at her before she was able to kill Marines.
I am so proud that Chris was so honest about himself and the warriors he served with. This is not some Hollywood shoot 'em up hero tale. This is the real thing. Carry on Texan!
I'm a daily commuter who squeezes every penny and minute out of each book. Audible gives that much needed break from my busy schedule!
Everyone should read this so that we can better understand the mind and hearts of the brave men and women who serve in the branches of our military.
Yes, and wanted more.
I really liked this book. In it, there are snippets that were written by the author's wife. They are read by the narrator in the way that men speak when they are trying to impersonate a female's voice. This bugged me. I would have liked for there to have been a female narrator for those portions. Also, the author used the term "bada$$" at least a thousand times throughout the book. This got sort of old, but also gave the book a conversational feel. Like the guy was just sitting in front of you and giving it to you straight, instead of reading a book. Overall it worked, even though I'm usually annoyed by the overuse of individual words in a book. Oh, and like every other SEAL book, the first half of the thing is about BUDS... be warned.
I'm a guy that likes to listen to music and books while I exercise and do any other thing I have to do around the house or at work.
The best I've heard.
Talking about his family and the differences between civillian life and miliary life.
Yes it was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting.
The whole book moved me in different ways.
You feel as if he really is the author.
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The book I found to be very interesting. However, it is a sad state of affairs that we must use a person with extraordinary skills and luck to engage in such necessary activity! The world we live in, now & in the past, seems to want to kill each other in the name of God!
We can only hope & pray that it comes to an end soon! In the mean time “Thank God” we have such men as the Navy Seals…!
What do you get when you put a minimally educated 'tough' guy into a 'position of power'? The author of this book.
He might be a good marine and a good sniper, but as an author, the lessons of this book/ his perspectives, are frightfully narrow and ignorantly nationalistic. He sees 'profound evil' in people who are so desperate they will die of their own hand rather than leave their lives for him to take, yet is 'justified' in the invasion and murder of those who's head pops up on his kill screen without even considering the cause, repercussions, or alternatives.. I ultimately feel supremely jipped because there is no attempt on his part to understand or reconcile whatever leads two countries to war in the first place. There is very little true thought from him at all. The story is nothing more than some guy taking routine kill orders from whomever without conscience and justifying it personally as a necessity of war. Boring and ignorant.
Of course, in the military, real thinkers go on to do something globally / universally productive, so he cant really be blamed for being a 'soldier' to others, but good god, cant an editor at least make this more appealing to a larger crowd? Can I give it negative stars?
disgust for military drones