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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
    (2851)
    Performance
    (2580)
    Story
    (2574)

    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"
    "boring, narrow minded, republican drivel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What do you get when you put a minimally educated 'tough' guy into a 'position of power'? The author of this book.

    He might be a good marine and a good sniper, but as an author, the lessons of this book/ his perspectives, are frightfully narrow and ignorantly nationalistic. He sees 'profound evil' in people who are so desperate they will die of their own hand rather than leave their lives for him to take, yet is 'justified' in the invasion and murder of those who's head pops up on his kill screen without even considering the cause, repercussions, or alternatives.. I ultimately feel supremely jipped because there is no attempt on his part to understand or reconcile whatever leads two countries to war in the first place. There is very little true thought from him at all. The story is nothing more than some guy taking routine kill orders from whomever without conscience and justifying it personally as a necessity of war. Boring and ignorant.
    Of course, in the military, real thinkers go on to do something globally / universally productive, so he cant really be blamed for being a 'soldier' to others, but good god, cant an editor at least make this more appealing to a larger crowd? Can I give it negative stars?


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Think


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    dont know


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust for military drones


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