I served three years in Iraq. They are a very screwed up people for sure, but killing these people was not difficult. At times, too easy. Almost child's play in a sick way. I don't have all the answers for what we did but I'm not sure history will flatter us.
He mentions too often how badly he wants to kill people. Ok... He also takes the tough-guy persona to a douche level. Especially when he thinks it's awesome to have bar fights and kill people. Chris desperately wants to be a cowboy, and he is living that life, killing and hurting the whole time.
I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.
Oh I love books about exceptional American's doing jobs that are tolling on both the mind and body. I could sing praises about this American but that only is a bit about this book on its own merits. Its like reading a modern day Audie Murphy story.
I love the description of training. Every single person that has gone threw basic in some form or other has multiple of these types of stories. I have my own memories of basic and this brings back how much fun it was.
This is a first person story so this doesn't really apply but its as if Chris was sitting down in a bar with you and he has a good story to tell.
American Sniper. Straight shooting from one of the greatest sharp shooters. ... I have no idea how this could ever be made into a movie it would be incredibly graphic and far to un-PC for Hollywood
This is a good book, in the style of
Om my gosh NO not anything relating to Chris Kyle.
Narrated by John Pruden - Yes he made the book worth finishing.
No No No! Chris is from Texas where everything is always bigger better faster. Pity I cannot give away spoilers and Prove this guy is a glory seeker in the best form. He did mention in the book about the gun imprinted on his sights - so true.
John knew where the story had to go and he took it there with a very solid performance. I am going to find a good book he narrated to fully enjoy his work.
Chris Kyle. He is just not worth reading about. I read an article about the book and the glory he claimed, they advised against reading the book but stubborn me had to read it. Proven in the story it was all a numbers game.
I was really disappointed and expected a true Hero not gloating. I have read less fiction in Red Country.
Not recommended for anyone. The boasting, the ego, I, I, I and the short and meaningless chapters.
This isn't a story worth publishing
The narration is good, so good and makes me hate this book so much because he brought out what the author and the subject is like for real (probably)
2 chapters dedicated to a rifle, bloody rifle. What a bore.
If you're looking for a book about a sniper in the american army then this is it. Now, if you want a book that would show you the war in Iraq in a wider range of aspects, through the eyes and thoughts of an american soldier, then this is absolutely, positively not it.
The other words... I killed the bad guys, man. And this is how I did it.
I thought it was a honest book and told by a great man.
It was actually one of the first of its genre that I have read.
No, I have not. He was very good.
American Sniper is an autobiography, which to me is completely different from a second-hand biography. In an autobiography, the way in which it is written, the things the author chooses to say and not say, and how it is said, all reveal as much about the individual as what stories and perspectives you hear. This is what makes American Sniper such an interesting autobiography.
Chris Kyle was not a writer, he was a warrior. So when you hear what he wrote, it is in a very raw form. There were co-writers and editors, but he is the kind of person who definitely does not pass off responsibility to others; he even says in the first five minutes that he wrote his own story because he wanted to make sure someone got it right (I don't consider something in the first five minutes to be a spoiler). In that way, there is no artistic or theatrical consideration of how the information is presented. There is no professional depth to conveying information that would affect how it is perceived. The writing is raw. When you listen to his story, you know exactly how he felt, and what he believed.
Almost all of the stories in the book are told from his perspective, but there is here and there a small chapter where his wife included something she wrote in the past about how she felt about a particular event. Her own perspective is quite different from Chris's, so it is a fascinating and revealing contrast, partially because he is so gung-ho and unabashedly fanatical about what he does that you are inclined to see through his eyes and thoughts regardless of what your own past experience might be--that is, until you hear another side to the story that jerks you back into a more faceted reality.
I did see a small piece of the movie, but stopped watching because the book is so much deeper. You gain so much insight from hearing the story straight from the horse's mouth. Even if you have seen the movie, I highly recommend listening to this book, as it paints a much different picture. John Pruden gives an exceptional performance with a tone that feels as authentic as if Chris himself read the book.
If you don't like rodeos (his pre-military pastime), "badasses" (he uses the term constantly), and war (and a lot of it), then this book isn't for you. The stories of war take up a vast majority of the book, and almost the rest of it is training or technical information or how his being in war affects his family. Chris Kyle was a warrior through and through, and that is the story you hear with this autobiography.
***Review with Spoilers***
My personal reaction to this book was a roller coaster. I listened to it almost in a single sitting on a 10 hour drive. After hearing the first chapter I was hesitant to keep listening--Chris Kyle was practically a living stereotype of every military badass you've ever heard of, and this comes through immediately. If you have a bias towards military personnel, good or bad, you are going to be right. It was difficult to listen to such a strong perspective, I almost couldn't believe it was real.
He would say he was a patriot, a warrior, and a defender of the country and his fellow brothers in arms. That is unquestionably true. At the same time, there are a great many things you can glean from how he talks about himself that he would never say aloud or even in his own mind: he was cocky, self-righteous, unyielding, narrow-minded, and boastful with false humility. But he was simultaneously caring, torn between his love of war and love of his family, giving, capable, and supremely hard-working.
The thing I kept coming back to was how much Chris believed in himself and what he was doing. I am hesitant to think he was a bad or immoral person, but at the same time I am confronted with the fact that he killed, literally, hundreds of people. Hundreds. Much, much more than any serial killer or mass shooter. It takes a very rare kind of person to be able to kill that much and sleep with himself at night, and yearn to go back for more, regardless of the circumstances. Most people have a difficult time killing, and many are traumatized by war, including his own brother who was deployed in the Middle East at the same time--but Chris absolutely loved it. It cannot be understated that he could not get enough of it. His desire to be in the heaviest action strained his relationship with his wife and children to almost the breaking point. His wife indicates in one chapter that he craved a warrior's death in battle.
Certain things he says are stated with such matter-of-fact confidence that I am partial to think he was maybe disturbed. He flat out says he wishes he could have killed more people--but his reason is that he felt every death on their side was saving many more innocents and friends on his own side. How could you possibly argue with that? It is probably true! There are many instances of his heroically saving comrades at risk to his own life, but I am still back and forth on him. Despite all his heroism, bravery, and caring, he was a complete killer that ended hundreds of lives and loved doing it.
I'll finish with this though, which is the biggest single impact on me from the book that led me to the side of the fence where he was touched by blood-madness of war: the story of the beach-ball mercenaries. It is a story he tells where he is in a sniper's nest in a building overlooking a swamp of some kind, looking for any badguys that might try to come across. At some point, enemy mercenaries in full combat gear (armor, weaponry, and ammo), make to cross the swamp. They are too heavy to swim in all their gear, so they have to float across, and they do so using inflated beach balls. I'm guessing it was all they had at their disposal.
There were two men to a ball, eight men in all (I can't recall the exact number, it may have been six). Instead of outright shooting them to kill (which Chris was certainly skilled enough to do), he shot a beach ball. Struggling to stay afloat, the two men make for another nearby beach ball, which already has two men hanging on to it. All four men start fighting over who gets to hold onto it and stay alive. Chris waits until they start practically killing each other, then shoots the second beach ball and watches them all drown. He slowly repeats this until every last one of them is drowned, but not before they have a chance to fight amongst themselves for survival, betray each other, and suffer.
The thing is, during this exchange Chris calls other military members in the building over to watch, and laughs, and talks about how hilarious and ridiculous it is. He ridicules their betrayal and attempt at survival. What I'm saying is not an interpretation, it is what he himself says about it, in his own words. He didn't just shoot all of the beach balls at once, but revels in the mercenaries' struggle, suffering, and finally deaths. I don't believe a man could do such a thing if he had even a sliver of respect or consideration for their lives as fellow human beings. This is the type of thing I think of when I hear about the hellish mayhem of war--inflicting bizarre and cruel deaths upon others so that your own people will live. American Sniper is a self portrait of a man who was a both a decorated hero, and glorified killer.