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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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    cliff blackfoot, ID, United States 03-20-12
    cliff blackfoot, ID, United States 03-20-12
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    "awsome"

    Thanks Chris, for sharing yours and other soldiers experiences. Made me even prouder to be living in this great country, and knowing that good young men and women are still fighting for our freedom!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-12
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    I am thankful that men such as Chris Kyle are willing to do this type of job for this nation. It might seem that this young man liked his work just a little too much but having seen him interviewed on Fox and reading his book I dont think that is the case at all. He was trained to do a certain job, became proficient at it and used his skills to help the Marines he was assigned to 'oversee'. Thank you Mr. Kyle! P.S. I thought the narration was excellent also.

    3 of 5 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Waterloo, IA, United States 04-03-12
    Christopher Waterloo, IA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    I would have to say this book is EXCELLENT. Thank you Mr. Chris Kyle for serving our country and keeping us in the USA free.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Bring 03-14-12
    Jason Bring 03-14-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Thankful but Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about American Sniper?

    While I'm thankful for the service and devotion that Chris has shown to his country, I wasn't impressed with his book. Separating out the two issues -- service and book -- is important, as it is easy to get caught up in a patriotic spirit high. Nevertheless, I thought that the book was disjointed. In addition, Chris is obviously a guy who prides himself on bar fights and being tough, but he tries (poorly) to cover it up with a humble gloss in the book.

    The narration is very poor. I'm from the south and appreciate a good southern accent, but the narrator attempted what seemed to be an overly contrived Texas accent that diminished from the quality of the book and accentuated the impression that the book and Chris were manipulating reality.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden???s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    dorothy Austin, TX, United States 02-02-12
    dorothy Austin, TX, United States 02-02-12
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    "One of the best books about a sniper i have read"
    Would you listen to American Sniper again? Why?

    this is a very detailed story and gives you some insight in to what they there family and there fellow warriors go throught


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

    the last 10 min of the book


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

    no but he is very good


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

    yes there love for our country and what they gave up to keep us safe it should be a must read


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AM Federal Way, AW 07-16-12
    AM Federal Way, AW 07-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    "A little disappointing..."

    I have the deepest respect and gratitude for Chris Kyle's service, but as a person and author, I have to say I think he's kind of a jerk. The story (stories) weren't well told, and his life choices seemed ego driven. I couldn't help thinking over and over about how selfish and self-motivated his decisions were.

    I wish him success in his professional training business, and in his family life. But I won't buy another of his books.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 01-30-15
    Marie 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Job

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    Finally someone had the guts to tell how it is to fight terrorist. Listened twice.

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    "Awesomeness"

    A must read for anyone wanting to know what it's like to serve our country and the sacrifice it takes on not just the person serving but family. This book was well written and goes deep into the life of a Navy SEAL, a man of conviction and the fight against terror.

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    Toome Corporated PTY LTD Mudgee, NSW, AU 01-30-15
    Toome Corporated PTY LTD Mudgee, NSW, AU 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little of a let down"

    Was more of a narrative than a riveting story. I guess I had high expectations on the story and was a little let down. Still enjoyed the book.

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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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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John williams
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    "GUN HO RUBBISH"
    What would have made American Sniper better?

    I HAVE LISTENED TO HUNDREDS OF AUDIOBOOKS I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS IS THE MOST BLINKERED GUN HO PRO USA CRAP I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO.
    FUNNY THING IS I LIKED THE FILM.


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  • Benjamin101
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    "Fast paced, heart wrenching - life as a Seal!"
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    This made for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Chris Kyle really provides a no holes barred account of life as a Navy Seal. From it's camaraderie and brotherhood, to the almost ludicrous rules and regulations each soldier has to follow while in combat. The way Kyle writes and talks so nonchalantly about killing really shows the psychological impact fighting in a war has and also the bravery that each soldier faces and that which often gets so overlooked in the reports we see on the news.Even through the seriousness of this book, Kyle comes across as quite a funny guy, keeping things very light hearted and entertaining which I find really helps break the monotony of the battlefield. I found myself beginning to care about Kyle and his 'brothers', to care about his family and the pain his wife must go through each time he's deployed - sharing her husband with the US government. John Pruden was a great narrator and you really feel like you're actually listening to Kyle speaking. He was very clear and made it a very easy listen.All in all I thought this was a great listen and would highly recommend it. I'm not really a war time book fan but I found myself unable to 'put this down'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger
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    "Fantastic"

    This is not easy to listen to if you don't like to hear the truth , a very honest account of what Chris Kyle had to deal with in Iraq

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    UK
    1/25/15
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    "took 45 mins to get the audible download to work"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    took 45 mins to get the audible download to work


    Any additional comments?

    Even this form doesn't work properly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roberto Jiménez
    1/20/15
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Sometimes it reads like dull autobiography, sometimes like warrior legend, and other times as a unintended satirical portrayal of himself.

    Nevertheless, this book also offers a good
    description of American's dogma of their exceptionalism and its roots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Lumsden
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    1/12/15
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    "Great audiobook"

    Very enjoyable and interesting book! A great insight into modern warfare and what a typical navy SEAL experiences. Buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • p
    1/9/15
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    "fantastic book well worth a read"

    a real fantastic read real life experiences from a war hero gripping from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    12/23/14
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    "I have read this book aswell still just as good"

    Great book I enjoyed it just as much as the hard book I have at home it is in my top ten easily

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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