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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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    Allen T. 01-29-15
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    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

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    downlow66 01-26-15
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    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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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daverunsalot Cincinnati, OH 01-29-15
    Daverunsalot Cincinnati, OH 01-29-15

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    "A different world"

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

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi 01-28-15
    Brandi 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put down..."

    Wow. American Sniper is an amazing book. One, it's a great depiction of being the military and being deployed. Two, it explains the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in a way everyone can understand it. Three, it's relatable. He shares how difficult marriage can be in general and how difficult marriage and being in the military can be. The realism, the language, the experiences all allow the reader (or listener) to feel his life as the story unfolds. I loved it, five stars hands down.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    150 of 181 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Bradbury 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    This is a fantastic story of the reality of our Navy Seals. I hope it brings comfort to other Seals and families. I also hope it will bring an understanding of our freedom to life peacefully in US because of men and women who dedicate their lives to serve our military. I am forever grateful.

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    John Fiorentino USA 01-26-15
    John Fiorentino USA 01-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "The book was much better than the movie."

    I had listened to this audio book long before the movie. I decided to go back and hear it again to see how close the movie was. I still enjoy the audio book version more than the big screen.

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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.

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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.

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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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    3/3/12
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • miss
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    3/7/15
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    "Respect to the fallen"

    A heroic account of a snipers life, such a shame Chris Kyle is no longer with us. A life taken so needlessly after surviving countless tours of duty. Rest in peace "The Legend"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Ainscough
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    "Excellent."

    Great book and brilliantly narrated. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to know the real story of Chris Kyle, it makes you see even more how well Bradley Cooper portrayed him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dominic
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    This one kept me listening for hours, love this, one of my favorites, probably the best one, Chris Kyle rest in peace mate, I saw the movie first and I just had to see his story, and a few bits were blown out of purportion, wish they could of fit more things in, how he saved marines, but I like it how he doesn't see himself as better as everyone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. F. Chorley
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    "Honest, balanced a quite gung-ho!"

    I listened to this book over a weekend only stopping for food, prayer and sleep. This, in contrast to many hard-man books, is about an attitude not about a man, about two relationships - love, duty and being all that you can be without pretence. I'm glad I listened to this audio book; I am, unexpectedly, uplifted and confirmed in my own beliefs. That is loving sacrifice leads to liberation and reconciliation. A great man, a fantastic wife and an ethos that everyone should aspire to. Buy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Trendall
    3/26/15
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    "Better than I thought."

    Wanted to get the story before watching the film.

    Event enough storyline and well read.

    I'll watch the film now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PJ
    United Kingdom
    3/20/15
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    "An interesting insight into a patriot's mind"
    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middling. It was interesting to explore the mindset of the author and to hear his stories of war, although sad to do so in the knowledge that he had died so young, in the USA, after so much dangerous action overseas.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to, and why?

    Keith Richards' autobiography, which is also a timepiece.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is written by a guy who sees things in black and white. There are the good guys and the evil ones (virtually anyone it seems who isn't an American it seems like at times). Sometimes it makes you stop in your tracks, but it's an interesting journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Simmons
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Excellent, honest account of military life"

    I also served my country. This is a beautiful study on what that actually means - not just to the individual doing it - but to all those around them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    3/4/15
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    "Interesting story"

    An interesting view of how a soldier sees war, his enemies and life in the U.S. navy seals. Worth listening to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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