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 am Yaman, I live in New Zealand, I come from Syria. I love audiobooks, and Audible is the best source for what I love!
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.
Overall the book is not very well written and storytelling is divided to small pieces here and there. But that was not the main issue to me. I was very open minded when I started to listen to this book, but as the story progressed I could not start to dislike the author and the twisted manly image that was portrayed. Full of boyish ego boasting. I strongly disagree that it's heroic to skip taking care of wife baby and feed your own addiction to action by enlisting time and time again, especially when it seems that purpose to author is not to serve the locals, but to get to play with guns and wrestle with buddies.
Chris Kyle is a one dimensional man with myopic views that are simplistic, racist and hawkish. Even during a time of war when it might be necessary to kill in self-defense, one would think there would be some reflection on the fact that you've taken human lives. For Chris Kyle, it was easy, as he said, they all deserved it.
Chris Kyle was brave, no doubt, and maybe it takes a simplified view of the world to go out and do what these guys do, but it's not a video game and these are real people being killed. He glorified his kills and "just couldn't wait to get back out there and kill some bad guys." I guess my world view is more nuanced and I align myself with those "Yankees" whom he disparages. I hated this book from page 1.
I'm not a fan of war. But this was so well written. I learned a lot about being a sniper. I am Patriotic. I appreciate the honesty and humbleness of Chris. God Bless all Soldiers and their families.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I listened to this book in preparation for the movie. It is a first person account of an American young man's war experience. It is not particularly well written although there is enough exciting material to put together a far more interesting book. The narrative does not flow.The authors who helped this young man write down his experiences did not do him any favors and I would certainly not read anything else by them.
I would not particularly recommend this book because it is poorly written. The story line is choppy and the characters lack dimension.
The narrator did not particularly bother me. I hope the twang he affected is true to the "hero's" accent. I think listening to this book might have been better than reading it.
It may be interesting to read about the sniper's short life after his experience in the SEALS. I understand he was murdered while trying to help another vet with PTSD. Should there be a second book, I hope other authors are engaged.
This is a war story told from the point of view of one very young man with a gift as a marksman. It is not particularly philosophical but it could have been much better written; as it is, it does not even manage to entertain. Let's see if the script writers can make this the action packed film it could be.