It is one of my favorites. I'll listen to it again. In fact, I finished it and then started over and listened again.
It's a fast paced autobiography of a guy whose job is killing the people who want to kill us. What can I compare it to? James Bond? Pretty much: Except Ian Fleming was working with a fictional character. Our American sniper is patriotic like Bond, too. One thing we missed with James Bond was how he grew up. Chris Kyle makes his youth, his coming of age, and his family very real.
Oh, John Pruden is wonderful! He nails the regional Texas accent. I checked, and, yes, he is acting. Absolutely brings the autobiography alive. As a listener, you just know that a guy who talks like that can sure play Texas high school football, ride a rodeo bull, and shoot the bad guys. Pruden also transitions beautifully to voice the wife.
Sure. But, with non-stop, real action, one needs to pace themselves. There are a few short breaks: the pace changes when Kyle has his wife tell her side of the story.
I guess this is a book for all ages and both sexes. My grandsons recommended it to me.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was a gritty story about being a U.S. Navy Seal Sniper. Very well done. Speaker took a little getting use to but I settled in. Real amazing story from an amazing U.S. Soldier.
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.