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American Sniper Audiobook

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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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.

    166 of 202 people found this review helpful
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    Allen T. 01-29-15
    Allen T. 01-29-15
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    "Amazing"

    I love it! This book truly shows the struggles all service members go through. Not only the stresses of war, but it also captures a clear picture of what the other side of the relationship has to go through. I loved it

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Daverunsalot 01-29-15

    Daverunsalot

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    "A different world"

    Military people are not understood. Chris managed to give an insight to their world.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-20-12
    William 01-20-12 Member Since 2010
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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.

    65 of 87 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 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.

    73 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley 01-29-15
    Wesley 01-29-15
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    "Awesome"

    An Amazing Story Of A Man Who Gave Himself For His Country And Contributed To Those Who Followed Until His Dying Day.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    downlow66 01-26-15
    downlow66 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome heart felt journey!"

    a very emotional and heartfelt journey of one of many of America's true heros! gives a very emotional and accurate perspective on not only a soldier's mindset in battle but their struggle with home life while here and away.

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    JustBill 04-27-15
    JustBill 04-27-15
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    "Someone did not do his job or stayed quiet."

    As a Veteran of 63 years of age, I salute this young man for his service to the Navy and Country. I watched the movie last night, and cannot say I enjoyed it. This young man should have never been allowed to do as many tours as he did, and why the approvals for such were signed off on, is beyond me. The next statement will be controversial, but there are soldiers out there that can eliminate or kill children without a second thought if they are a threat to the unit, and there are some that will carry out that mission while it eats them up. This story is about one of the greatest patriots this country has ever seen, but why did these extra tours approved when it was apparent one was enough. A great read though, but a horrendous ending, well past the last chapter.

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    Brian 02-09-15
    Brian 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An emotional and riveting biography."

    Breaking down the wall and mystique behind the lives of America's warriors. The book brings you into the life of a warrior and patriot, not just on the side of combat, but the raw emotional side of his and his wife's life throughout multiple deployments. Emotional, personal, and revealing. RIP Chris Kyle.

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    "Good story but too American for me."

    The book delivers exactly what you would expect from the title, lots of war zone sniper shooting, seal training and combat antics. The book also takes an account from Kyle's wife which makes it interesting to hear how his actions affect people back home.

    The downside for me was the very full on American attitude Kyle takes in which country comes fist, even before family. I understand he has these views, but as a Brit, I found them a little tiring by the end of the book.

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  • Thorne Stockton
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    "Interesting, but too pro-God, pro-'Murica"
    What made the experience of listening to American Sniper the most enjoyable?

    This was a good audio book, well produced, it's more the actual views expressed I don't buy.


    Any additional comments?

    For what it is it's enjoyable. But a lot of it comes across as a someone who is supposedly Christian, yet basically treats killing as a hobby.

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  • TLY
    Oxford, UK
    7/20/15
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    "Not an ordinary view"
    What made the experience of listening to American Sniper the most enjoyable?

    The narration by John Pruden


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

    5 minutes to live - dune buggies and mud don't mix!


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I felt I was being told the story by Chris Kyle


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talks about his friends and comrades who died, Marc Lee and Ryan Job


    Any additional comments?

    As a child growing up in war torn Rhodesia, I understand the strain war puts on the family left behind and the man who goes to defend his country and save the innocents. I have seen first hand the effects of war. Chris allows people to see the human side of a "programmed fighting machine" and the family behind the man. Taya's accounts evidence the stress of running the home, taking charge of the children at the same time as living with the fear of something happening. I thought both having a say balanced the story. I was pleased to listen to the book before I watched the dvd - very different!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom
    7/16/15
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    "Not the film"

    Good but a different character to what the film portrays. Could have been two SEALS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs H Mansell
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    "BAD ASS!!!"

    Chris Kyle takes you through a frank account of his life and his various deployments through the Iraq war which left him the all time highest killing sniper of the U.S. Army.

    He engages you with his honesty, laying open his feelings about what's drives him to ultimately to kill. His enjoyment of war, the relishing he takes in killing the "bad guys" at first is unsettling but as the story unfolds and you understand him better you believe that he did what he believed was right.

    You are left with a clear understanding of what drives these men to first join then live the life of a SEAL. You also get an idea of what differentiates these highly trained soldiers from the regular troops. The refreshing and initially surprising part of the book is the humbleness Kyle portrays when talking about other soldiers. He was clearly one of best but you are left feeling that he is the last person that would accept this.

    The irony of this hardened killer taking pleasure in wasting the savages in the name of his God who in turn are trying to kill him in the name of theirs isn't lost.

    This is a good read and I expect a better film (not seen yet) for Kyles honesty and descriptive simplicity leave you wanting more. Despite what he says he clearly was a BAD ASS!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T
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    "Incredible Book"

    This has an amazing story and great delivery. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Rhee
    5/27/15
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    "Bit too "All American hero" for me!"

    Very pro America and full on "We are the best!"
    I actually thought the movie better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tom Gomez
    5/22/15
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    "Top read"

    This book is a really good insight of the ups and many downs of his life as a seal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    5/18/15
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    "Truly inspirational"

    Watching the film only gives you a glimpse into his story. It gives a real insight into life within the seals and the dedication of all forces involved in war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen McKeown
    UK
    5/15/15
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    "Jack Kyle"

    Saw the film which is good but the book is fascinating a look at the life of one soldier which must be the story of so many and also very strong women who back them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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