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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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    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-24-12
    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Makes me proud to be an American."
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I always enjoy the audio version - brings the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Kyle, by far.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particulary like his story of his experiences of living as a cowboy.


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

    How the soldiers took care of each other. The fact that the Chris was willing to be so honest about his feelings and that he knows what he did was the right thing to do.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great book. After reading his story, I went to look for similar stories that would inspire me and how my every day living in the safety of an American suburb - is not free but has been paid by American blood of men and women who laid down their lives so we can live under the banner of safety.

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 01-19-12
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2013

    Nearly 1200 titles.

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    "Slow. Slow. Slow. Where's the book?"

    This is my fifth or sixth "Special Forces" type book. Most I've liked. This was slow. Maybe too many writers (I count four, including bits from his wife). Lack of compelling details. I'm sure Kyle was a good soldier but as for book writing, hopefully there will be professional writer that will do justice to his story. Standing in the kitchen doesn't make one a chef.

    5 of 7 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






    40 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Marshall Inman 01-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    Poorly written. No need to continue after 1/2.
    Hard to keep track of the time line and had little to keep interested.

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    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 01-13-12
    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing Man, Amazing Recount"

    First, thank you to Chris Kyle for his service and to all those who put their country first and bravely fight the battles few of us could even fathom. I appreciated this book immensely. It vividly paints a picture of the battle front and the rollercoaster of emotions our fighting men and women endure. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It and "Lone Survivor" are two must read books.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Scott and Emily fort lauderdale, FL, United States 01-11-12
    Scott and Emily fort lauderdale, FL, United States 01-11-12
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    "Great insight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but i mostly prefer audio format because it enables me to do a variety of other things.


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

    Dealing Death and the Fallujah bits.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dealing Death


    Any additional comments?

    What a bad ass, high speed, hard charger.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    MTB DC 05-08-15
    MTB DC 05-08-15

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    "Arrogance run amuk"
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    I served three years in Iraq. They are a very screwed up people for sure, but killing these people was not difficult. At times, too easy. Almost child's play in a sick way. I don't have all the answers for what we did but I'm not sure history will flatter us.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jcflyer 02-19-15
    jcflyer 02-19-15
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    "Too much bible and flag waving for me."

    Although I admire the skills and the discipline I can't abide the blind devotion to a government driven by greed controlled by the puppet strings of the likes of Haliburton. The fact that we were at war was all the reason Kyle needed to kill his targets. He forgets that we invaded a country under false pretenses. There were no WMDs! How does he know all his targets were "truly evil" like he says when some were more than a thousand yards away? I guess you have to possess the mind set of a soldier to pull off the stunts he did. It makes me sick that we can use good men like Kyle to do our dirty work while brainwashing them with rhetoric so that Cheny and his ilk can line their pockets.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Music Beach Dad El Cajon, CA USA 02-14-15
    Music Beach Dad El Cajon, CA USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2005

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    "Too much bragging"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    No


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

    A little.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    Sure, the reader was fine.


    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    The sniper. His good vs. evil outlook felt too shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt at times like he was talking about Call of Duty instead of real human lives. To hear him describe how he killed two combatants with one shot -- it felt more like bragging.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Golfingfool 01-30-15
    Golfingfool 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Guy sounds like a dick"

    First of all, I'm a patriot and I love and respect our troops and the sacrifices they make for our great country. This particular story I do not find compelling. Frankly it was quite boring in many cases aside from this guy being a sniper. many other people in the military could've told eventually same story about their service. The narration I thought was especially poor. The fakeTexas accent really grated on me. When you pronounce every word ending in ING though it didn't have the G just drove me nuts. And sometimes he forgets and pronounce it the right way. I had heard that the movie was amazing, so I wanted to hear the book 1st. I may still see the movie but the book was a huge disappointment.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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