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
I really enjoyed American Sniper. It gives an in depth look at what a SEAL sniper is capable of. I really never understood how much combat actually took place in Iraq due to the lack of coverage on the national news channels. You basically got how many soldiers died today due to IEDs and how inept George W. Bush was (I disagree). This book really tells you what was going on in Iraq's hot spots and how the SEALs were used to counter the insurgents. Our soldiers rules of engagement are too restrictive. The perspective of Chris's wife was very insightful as to how difficult marriage to an operator is. The part about punching out "scruff face" was hillarious. He deserved it for running his mouth. The narration is very good, he has a southern accent that fits the author. If you enjoyed Howard Wasdin's SEAL Team Six or Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor you will like American Sniper.
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I have learned a few things from this book, but found so much hate and arrogance in it. There is also a lot of repetition, self praise from the author to his own self, obvious exaggeration, and almost zero positive things to say about Iraqis, as opposed to the numerous harsh and hateful things narrated.
This is the first Audible book that I find myself compelled to request from Audible to swap.
After finishing this book, I find myself completely uninterested in watching the Bradley Cooper movie with its same title, based on it.
Like I'm realizing happens with many military autobiographies, the author attempts the "humble brag", i.e. "I'm not bragging, but I'm the best (fill in the blank) there is." The story doesn't have much continuity or flow, it jumps from one random story to the next. The insights from his wife don't add much.
No. The book subject, Chris Kyle's service and actions as a special forces operator in the Navy Seals, smacks of self-aggrandizing tales of conquest (including an apparent incident involving a fight with Jessie Ventura at a bar frequented by Navy Seals. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified by the Seal community), brutish bigotry toward Iraqis, and a childish inferiority complex regarding serving officers in the Seal teams. I felt like I was hearing one drinking story after the other, with each story getting more incredible and fantastic.
My lasting impression of the narrative is one of grave disappointment. I was hoping for the sober recollection of Chris Kyle's service and actions as a Seal Sniper in a manner similar to Michael Durant's memoir (In the company of heroes), or the critical examination of his own actions that are exemplified by Phillip Caputo (Rumors of War) or Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). Instead the story unfolds like that of a country bumpkin that became a Seal sniper. I think the most objectionable aspect of the memoir is Chris Kyle's apparent fidelity to the Christian faith as a means of comfort, yet without any examination of his beliefs or perspectives pertaining to Iraq or its citizens. His clumsy presentation of faith at best makes him come across as a crusader and at worst a very stupid man.
I think what Special Forces operators do is very dangerous, difficult, and requires heartfelt dedication and esprit de corps that is uncommon, and as such forms the basis of my review. Not just anybody does become a Navy Seal, nor should they, so what gets published or presented as fact should be judged so accordingly. Overall I don't think this book does many favors for the Navy. From this book's rendering it would seem that Navy Seals are ill-disciplined brutish killers incapable of higher reasoning or deliberate thought, a charge I doubt is true.
I thought John Pruden gave an excellent performance. His Texas twang and delivery made the character of the book authentic.
Maybe. I went to see Seal Team 6 and was surprised to see that the producers of the film at least tried to enter the complexity of their subject. However, I am not expecting the quality of The Hurt Locker, Homeland, or Zero Dark Thirty. If the film is made by a good executive producer who can present the Chris Kyle's objectionable bigotry as a facet of a complex personality, then the film might be pretty good.
A bar fight with Jessie Ventura, after Jessie apparently disrespects his fellow Seals? Seriously?