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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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    Al USA 01-20-15
    Al USA 01-20-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Story!"

    Highly respect people like Chris Kile. He and his life serm genuine. Truly enjoyed this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-20-15
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    not only the story but the way that it was humbly told is inspiring. great read.

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    cory 01-20-15
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    "Very good true story.."

    Best narriation of a war from a TRUE AMERICAN HERO...

    Its very sad he made it home and was killed by a screwed up deranged kid that couldnt be helped....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keven 01-20-15
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    "An Incredible American"

    Chris Kyle is an awesome person, not perfect, but who is. His story makes me proud to be an American and has given me a glimmer of hope in this screwed up world!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 01-20-15
    Andy 01-20-15

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    "Great read."

    Thank you for your service and giving all for your country. we are all blessed because of people willing to fight for our Constitution. Chris kyle and Mark Laterral. Both hero's in my book. I only wish there was someone in in the White House I could be proud of. ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Ingvardsen Louisiana 01-20-15
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    "Incredible tale of a real warrior."

    Get inside the life of an American hero. I found his life leading up to his leaving the Navy inspiring. Chris tells of his upbringing and eventual enlistment into the Navy. His Iraqi deployments are gritty and understandably hard. Chris was a Patriot and a great American. The world is a lesser place without him.

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    Justin 01-20-15
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    "An amazing and sobering story"
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    I would have to say, moving, detailed, and honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the pure honesty of Chris' story. He goes in-depth to all his feelings when many key events happened and it really helps you try to relate to how he was feeling.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    His performance was great. Really easy to follow along with along with getting into the words and acting out emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book moved me and really changed my way of thinking for soldiers. You never really know whats going on unless you are one of them, and this gives a civilian a look into the life of an elite soldier.


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    Drew 01-16-15
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    "Awesome book"

    Growing up with a father in the marine corps and hearing his stories made it easy to connect with Chris kyle's story. I love his patriotism and the respect he has with his fellow military men in all the branches.

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    Barbara 01-16-15
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    "By far my favorite"

    I'm so happy this was my first audiobook. A Rollercoaster of emotions and all extremely well told.

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    elizabeth daranikone 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was referred to me by a coworker who had previously read it. I am planning on seeing the movie and really try my hardest to read the book before I see the film version. I'm not sure who I was listening to the whole time but he really helped draw me in! There were times in the story where I could hear him sound as if he was going to cry. It really helped covey Chris Kyle's life. I have a connection to the military so it made it even more real. I'm making my husband listen to it now!

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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!

    10 of 10 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dave K
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    "Humm ok"

    After reading a few reviews I purchased. One thing that sticks in my mind is he is almost as extreme as the people he is shooting. I think something of this was mentioned elsewhere in another review. I like America very much but he love of the country and zeal for it was a bit too much for me. Some very good parts very well told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    BARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    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"

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  • Jackie Ainscough
    3/5/15
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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.

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  • James B.
    4/13/15
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    "Okay"

    You will like this if you like books written by seals as opposed to books written by trained writers. Good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • daniel
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    "Inspiration"

    I watch the movie first and now the book as this man story as he and his wife struggle to keep together is so amazing story of this man and A inspiration to join the military as as I am going to
    join the Royal Marines so can you get into the SBS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Alp
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    3/29/15
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    "Didn't enjoy it as much"

    Too much cussing. I know it's a soldier's recount of his life. But cussing for the sake of cussing took away some of the seriousness of this book.
    The late Kyle's attitude towards taking life made me cringe but that was his life experiences at the time.
    What did I take away from this book. War is not nice. People die or come back changed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "Interesting"

    An engaging account of war and his attitude to killing. I empathised with his viewpoint but didn't always agree. That's not a criticism of him or the book though. Tough times need tough characters, and Kyle was who you needed to get the job done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dominic
    3/3/15
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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

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