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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History | [Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called "the devil" by the enemies he hunted and "the legend" by his Navy SEAL brothers.

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. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war - of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyle's fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle's wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

©2012 Chris Kyle (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-09-12
    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"

    I am a married Mother of 1 Son and 2 Step-sons. I have never served in the military and honestly do not have any close ties to the Military, other than my Father who served in Korea and a cousin who was killed in Vietnam during the TET offensive. Though I would prefer the world was all Love and Light with no war ever; that is just not how it is. I have strong feelings about the war on both sides of the issue, I respect others thoughts and opinions as their own; but no matter what I respect and support the courage, strength and patriotism of each and every member of our Military. I begin this review this way so that you can see I am a regular Jane.

    This book is written from Chris Kyle a Navy SEal's perspective. It is about his life growing up in Odessa Texas and follows him through his life as a Navy SEal, from BUDS training to the war in Iraq and life during and after from his POV. If you are looking for fluff, BS and watered down opinions this book is not for you. Chris tells it like he saw it good, bad or indifferent from his POV. During the reading of this book I cringed, I smiled, I chuckled, I felt uneasy and a bit queasy, I cried and felt sad, but I was completely engaged the entire time. At no point did I feel lost or feel like I did not understand something. (Keeping in mind I am just a regular Jane); Chris explains acronyms, procedures and operations as the story moves along and talks in plain "Texan". Peppered throughout the book, Taya, Chris' wife gives us a heartfelt view of life with Chris. My heart could only bleed for her, Thank you Taya and "God Bless" you for all that you sacrificed for your country. And Chris for the record though you say (several times I might add) throughout the book that you do not consider yourself a "Bad Ass".........Uh Chris, you were a FEARLESS BAD ASS, period end of subject.

    I am glad I decided to read this book; as honesty goes, Chris does not pull any punches and truly seems sincere in all his accounts of how things went down. I am not by nature one to believe everything I read and use quite of a bit of discernment as a rule, but at no point did I feel that anything but the truth as Chris saw it went from pen to paper.

    Thank you Chris and every single person at home or deployed who Stand and Protect our great country. And thank you to all the Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children who sacrifice so those brave men and woman can do just that.

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a firsthand account of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endure on a daily basis.

    110 of 134 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Estrada 01-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for Active Duty, Veterans, and family"

    This book is a riot, Chris Kyle... I salute you. I am 82 ABN veteran, and this book sums up all the emotions that somehow Veterand cant figure out how to explain to anyone, even ourselves. This book made me laugh made me smile and made me understand, it also made me Proud to be an Amreican, something the Author would be proud to know. It also made me very proud to have worn the Uniform with pride and respect.

    51 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Williams 02-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story but the narration killed it for me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Could not recommend


    What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?

    The Texas accent that the narrator adopted felt forced, wasn't that good and was unnecessary. After several hours of listening to words pronounced without the trailing letter G, I couldn't take it anymore. Messin and drivin and divin and shootin got old.


    39 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Raw, Real, and flows well"

    I've read most of the audible books on SEALS. This is the best by far. It doesn't go into too much detail on SEAL stuff, but gives you just enough to tell the story. And oh what a story it is! Chris has lived a VERY exciting life. He gives insight into the way a SEAL thinks, and even criticizes the leadership quite a bit. This book is good for the military man, as well as the civilian; pretty much anyone who has an interest in the SEALS as people....not so much their tactics.

    27 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Upton Baltimore, MD United States 03-04-13
    Robert Upton Baltimore, MD United States 03-04-13
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    "Meandering narrative"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The book subject, Chris Kyle's service and actions as a special forces operator in the Navy Seals, smacks of self-aggrandizing tales of conquest (including an apparent incident involving a fight with Jessie Ventura at a bar frequented by Navy Seals. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified by the Seal community), brutish bigotry toward Iraqis, and a childish inferiority complex regarding serving officers in the Seal teams. I felt like I was hearing one drinking story after the other, with each story getting more incredible and fantastic.

    My lasting impression of the narrative is one of grave disappointment. I was hoping for the sober recollection of Chris Kyle's service and actions as a Seal Sniper in a manner similar to Michael Durant's memoir (In the company of heroes), or the critical examination of his own actions that are exemplified by Phillip Caputo (Rumors of War) or Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). Instead the story unfolds like that of a country bumpkin that became a Seal sniper. I think the most objectionable aspect of the memoir is Chris Kyle's apparent fidelity to the Christian faith as a means of comfort, yet without any examination of his beliefs or perspectives pertaining to Iraq or its citizens. His clumsy presentation of faith at best makes him come across as a crusader and at worst a very stupid man.

    I think what Special Forces operators do is very dangerous, difficult, and requires heartfelt dedication and esprit de corps that is uncommon, and as such forms the basis of my review. Not just anybody does become a Navy Seal, nor should they, so what gets published or presented as fact should be judged so accordingly. Overall I don't think this book does many favors for the Navy. From this book's rendering it would seem that Navy Seals are ill-disciplined brutish killers incapable of higher reasoning or deliberate thought, a charge I doubt is true.


    Has American Sniper turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    I thought John Pruden gave an excellent performance. His Texas twang and delivery made the character of the book authentic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. I went to see Seal Team 6 and was surprised to see that the producers of the film at least tried to enter the complexity of their subject. However, I am not expecting the quality of The Hurt Locker, Homeland, or Zero Dark Thirty. If the film is made by a good executive producer who can present the Chris Kyle's objectionable bigotry as a facet of a complex personality, then the film might be pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    A bar fight with Jessie Ventura, after Jessie apparently disrespects his fellow Seals? Seriously?

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-20-12
    William 01-20-12
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    "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"

    This book is a fascinating account of someone that lived a horrifying scenario without blinking. A Navy Seal, a man, a dad, a patriot, and a Christian which laid his life on the line for his fellow fighting forces, and in his belief his country, all to prevent evil from succeeding. Say what you want to about agreeing with the man, but call him a true man and a hero in the process. He is non-political. He is just a man that answered a call to duty from his country, and was extremely lethal at the task given. This single minded soul, concentrated on the task at hand and accomplished what we asked of him.
    If you are looking for a book that questions patriotism, the reasons the USA went to war, move on to another book. However, if you want a glimpse in to a well trained mind that had a little fun along the way, and a few hardships, then this is a great book for you.

    47 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 09-28-14
    John tallevast, FL, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "Thank you for your service, but not for this book"

    I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.

    For what its worth............ J






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    Patrick 05-24-12
    Patrick 05-24-12

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "Not the best Seal book out there..."

    I found myself hurrying this book along towards the last few chapters. I've read some other books by Navy Seals out there, and this one is my least favorite. It wasn't boring, but nothing exactly stood out. I'd advise giving "Lone Survivor" a try first before listening to this book.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    D. Fullerton South Texas 01-16-12
    D. Fullerton South Texas 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    Nope


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, this will probably do no good since this is so prevalent in audiobooks but just because your main character is from Texas; that does not mean you need to perform a bad imitation of Will Ferrell doing a bad imitation of George W. Bush.

    As a native Texan, the narrator's accent was just so irritating. Or should I say

    51 of 71 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-23-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-23-12

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "This Guy is No Marcus Luttrell"

    I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
    I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
    The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
    All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend this book.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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  • Daniel Clay
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    "Entertaining listen."

    I really enjoyed this book, it's very entertaining, however I ended up detesting Chris Kyle!
    He really comes off as a jock Red-neck and confirmed to me why America gets such a bad rep overseas. I find it very frustrating that he could not see the irony in his complete lack of empathy with the Mujahideen. I could not help but draw some huge parallels with a man who sported a Crusaders cross on his forearm and who's priorities were listed "God, Country and then Family" with the Muslim extremist he was gunning down.
    Don't get me wrong, I think they were doing a job that had to be done, however I think Chris Kyle and other Americans felt they were fighting a holy war as much the Jihadists!
    If like me your view of The SEALS has been tainted by this guy, check out Adam Brown's book, he really does completely renew your faith!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "Almost like being there."

    A great listen, John Pruden's narration is spot on, his drawl is exactly what I would imagine Chris Kyle's voice is like. Every step of the way your alongside Chris listening to the thoughts of a proud and patriotic man giving an insight into his war. Theres a bit of technical detail but not too much to turn people off. In the end it's all about what he was feeling when he was doing his job, killing insurgents and watching colleagues die.
    Thanks for sharing Chris.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John williams
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    "GUN HO RUBBISH"
    What would have made American Sniper better?

    I HAVE LISTENED TO HUNDREDS OF AUDIOBOOKS I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS IS THE MOST BLINKERED GUN HO PRO USA CRAP I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO.
    FUNNY THING IS I LIKED THE FILM.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin101
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    1/26/15
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    "Fast paced, heart wrenching - life as a Seal!"
    Any additional comments?

    This made for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Chris Kyle really provides a no holes barred account of life as a Navy Seal. From it's camaraderie and brotherhood, to the almost ludicrous rules and regulations each soldier has to follow while in combat. The way Kyle writes and talks so nonchalantly about killing really shows the psychological impact fighting in a war has and also the bravery that each soldier faces and that which often gets so overlooked in the reports we see on the news.Even through the seriousness of this book, Kyle comes across as quite a funny guy, keeping things very light hearted and entertaining which I find really helps break the monotony of the battlefield. I found myself beginning to care about Kyle and his 'brothers', to care about his family and the pain his wife must go through each time he's deployed - sharing her husband with the US government. John Pruden was a great narrator and you really feel like you're actually listening to Kyle speaking. He was very clear and made it a very easy listen.All in all I thought this was a great listen and would highly recommend it. I'm not really a war time book fan but I found myself unable to 'put this down'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger
    1/26/15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is not easy to listen to if you don't like to hear the truth , a very honest account of what Chris Kyle had to deal with in Iraq

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
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    1/25/15
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    "took 45 mins to get the audible download to work"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


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

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    Any additional comments?

    Even this form doesn't work properly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roberto Jiménez
    1/20/15
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Sometimes it reads like dull autobiography, sometimes like warrior legend, and other times as a unintended satirical portrayal of himself.

    Nevertheless, this book also offers a good
    description of American's dogma of their exceptionalism and its roots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Lumsden
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    1/12/15
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    "Great audiobook"

    Very enjoyable and interesting book! A great insight into modern warfare and what a typical navy SEAL experiences. Buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • p
    1/9/15
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    "fantastic book well worth a read"

    a real fantastic read real life experiences from a war hero gripping from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    12/23/14
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    "I have read this book aswell still just as good"

    Great book I enjoyed it just as much as the hard book I have at home it is in my top ten easily

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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