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
Could not recommend
The Texas accent that the narrator adopted felt forced, wasn't that good and was unnecessary. After several hours of listening to words pronounced without the trailing letter G, I couldn't take it anymore. Messin and drivin and divin and shootin got old.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
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.
While i am indebted to Mr. Kyle for his service to our country and have do not doubt his achievements, this was in my opinion a slow and badly pasted together story when compared to many other military genre books I've read and listened to. The narrator tried too hard in his imitation of a Texas good ole boy. Chris Kyle also seemed braggadocios to me and attempted to badly cover this with stale humble statements after the fact. I found myself drifting off quite often during this book and that is something that has never happened to me while listening to a soldiers autobiography. If your a screw-em all patriot crusader who doesnt mind a little covered bragging and badly imitated Texas accents, you might like this book. I would rather re listen to Whitefeather any day.
Ok, this will probably do no good since this is so prevalent in audiobooks but just because your main character is from Texas; that does not mean you need to perform a bad imitation of Will Ferrell doing a bad imitation of George W. Bush.
As a native Texan, the narrator's accent was just so irritating. Or should I say
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.
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.
I found myself hurrying this book along towards the last few chapters. I've read some other books by Navy Seals out there, and this one is my least favorite. It wasn't boring, but nothing exactly stood out. I'd advise giving "Lone Survivor" a try first before listening to this book.
Black Ops Guy
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.
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.
Unbelievable amazing story total respect for Chris Kyle he was an absolute hero.highly recommend the book and the film best I have ever watched.
"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.
If you've watched the movie it's now time to read or listen to the book. Totally amazing
well narrated and an amazing story from a very singular perspective. Enjoyed it but not sure I really like the guy or what he achieved in the end.
A great but terrible story what one guy could go through is unbelievable fantastic story
A very interesting and informative read from the view of the solider, a great eye opener into day to day life on the front line.
"bad ass "
Really enjoyed the narrators tone and felt chris kyle was talking directly to me.
In he's own words he was one BAD ASS.
He was a family man, not chasing ass & tail, but was chasing the adrenaline rush of the war.
loved this book what a story and what a man .
rest in peace chris kyle
"An intimate, honest account of a very unusual life"
I knew a little about Chris Kyle, mostly from news stories and from the film review of his biopic, but hadn't seen it yet and hadn't followed his story closely.
The book is written in a candid first person narrative. Those familiar with (particularly) American Special Forces memoirs will recognise the co-authored plain speaking voice. This isn't meant to be a slick thriller nor is it a meant to be a polished memoir. Chris Kyle's personality shines through and the God and Country (or in his case Country and God) values he holds are front and centre.
It covers his early life, family relationships and life prior to entering the US military as well as his service life before deployment and his return to civilian life. To a UK reader, much of this may seem culturally alien - although if you've read a few of these types of books (and there are plenty out there, some better than others) it will be familiar. It is very frank, almost to the point of offence at times. He wears his heart and religion on his sleeve. I tried to remember that any man (they are all men in the SEALs) who is successful in becoming a US Navy SEAL is so unusual that most of can't really relate to their experience.
There is an attractive honestly and self awareness in the book which stops it becoming over blown and just a look-at-me vanity work. Kyle is very open about his faults, decisions and priorities - most of which are very removed from our experience. But that is the point of these, and in particular, this book. His life is so unusual and alien to 99% of us, we need memoirs like this to remind ourselves what we ask our military to do on our behalf.
This is an insight into one man's very unique experience. It goes beyond the film and I was glad I had read it before I got a chance to see the film (which isn't my usual preference).
I won't spoil the story for those unfamiliar with his life, but I would recommend it to those who enjoyed the film or were surprised about the life of this man.
An awesome book, as it should be remembered for such an amazing patriot! Best book for me by far!!
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