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American Sniper Audiobook
American Sniper
Written by: 
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
Narrated by: 
John Pruden
American Sniper Audiobook

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

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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

    Theri

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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.

    173 of 211 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 05-13-15
    Amanda 05-13-15
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    "For some, not worth the hype"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    While the story was okay and informative at times, it was not worth the hype of other reviews and media spotlight. Perhaps I couldn't get passed the narrator's Texas accent that at times felt forced and more like a teenage boy than a grown man's reflection. It just didn't do it for me, but I will recommend it to teenage, or 20-something young men, as it has been a hit in my classroom.


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    Amazon Customer Oregon 03-18-15
    Amazon Customer Oregon 03-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative, But Not To My Taste"

    It was a bit distressing to experience the mind of a person who enjoyed killing humans, even though they are the enemy. I don't understand the psychology of it all. Maybe you have to enjoy it to be good at it, and our warriors need to be highly skilled. In my opinion, not most women's book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Orefield, PA, United States 03-12-15
    Ann Orefield, PA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2010

    vballannie

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    "Couldn't stomach it"
    What would have made American Sniper better?

    One of the few audiobooks that I could not finish. I don't know if it was the reader or the story, but I got aggravated at the arrogant, xenophobic tone. The one minute trailer for the movie intrigued me, but that may have been the apex of the book as well. Disappointed.


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    Gabriela Gutierrez 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for me"

    I skipped half of the book. Too much killing talk for my taste but I guess you have to expect that from a book titled American Sniper.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon G. Bowman kansas city, MO 03-08-15
    Shannon G. Bowman kansas city, MO 03-08-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Meh"

    Maybe the movie is better. Just a lot of "I did this, I did that."And he's not a very likable person.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby 03-06-15
    Bobby 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Arrogant and violent."

    Not much of a story. Just him talking about how great he thinks he is and justifying his violence. Don't waste your money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B.Sisco 03-31-15
    B.Sisco 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was alright"

    It wasn't great but it wasn't horrible. I found him to be extremely arrogant...but then again he was a SEAL.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris 03-10-15
    chris 03-10-15

    whistle while you work, or listen to books

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    "Grain of salt"

    A moderately good story. Some aspects seem exaggerated, not the sniper stuff. Although an autobiography it seems he wanted it to be more of a heroes journey. It's fine.
    I was glad to see that the incident involving a notable seal was removed. I am sure losing the lawsuit for libel had something to do with it.
    Knowing that he was fine with printing outright lies makes me take everything he says with a grain of salt. It's a story. Not a history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NinJA 03-08-15
    NinJA 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe a good book for guys..."

    This was the most boring book I ever read. I started skipping through it, but every place I stopped to listen it was just more about guns and fighting. I finally just quit. I got it because it had a 5 star rating. I come from a family that completely supports the military and had had a history of military service. And I appreciate the service if Chris and the other SEALS, but I think it's a book for guys. Not for me at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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