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PhilBilly

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2585)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Patriot. Commitment. Brotherhood. Honor. Father."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    The audio version had a narrator with what I perceived as an excellent Texas dialect. That brought in a great connection to Chris.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

    There was a moment in the action when a new SEAL member was shot. Chris didn't realize this, and he was telling him to get up. Then, he saw the blood. Chris was carrying his buddy out over his shoulder, and in a convoluted train of events, the injured SEAL stopped him, and walked out with Chris' help. Later in the book you learn WHY the injured SEAL committed himself to walk.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The Texas drawl, and John could change his tone when Chris' wife's story was added to the book. Still there were times when I didn't realize that the book switched from his wife, back to Chris. I have no idea how to spell his wife's name or I would use it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The luckiest warrior, and the lady who loved him.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to all veterans, and those who love veterans. Chris did an amazing service for us, and he clearly had a guardian angel. If you have a problem with foul language, stay away from this, but understand that in this story, the language created a honest connection to the characters. SEALS are not dainty.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (404)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Long, but worthy"
    Overall

    OK, so at 52 hours it was a lengthy read. It was also often a WORDY read. Ayn had some moments of inspiration that seemed to go on forever. However....

    Ayn really got the to psychology of the champions of big government controls, the "what harm can come of it?" apologists, and the sheep in all societies. She also brought praise to the titans of commerce, the people who create jobs that feed our children.

    This is a book that takes on the evil of Liberalism, the power of a dream, and how both affect the common man. It is a "must read" for anyone who still cares about the world that their children will inherit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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