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
Not recommended for anyone. The boasting, the ego, I, I, I and the short and meaningless chapters.
This isn't a story worth publishing
The narration is good, so good and makes me hate this book so much because he brought out what the author and the subject is like for real (probably)
2 chapters dedicated to a rifle, bloody rifle. What a bore.
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.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
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.
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.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend 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.
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.
This book is not just for men who like war stories or stories about guns. I am a female who thoroughly loved this book. This book is so much more. It was interesting to get an insider's perspective on the war in Iraq. It was also interesting to get an insider's perspective on being a sniper - a trained killer. I could not turn the book off. The only downside is that the narrator seemed to be putting on a fake southern accent. The narrator's voice was a little distracting at first, that is why I gave the performance only three stars. However, the story, itself, could easily garner 10 stars. I just wish the audio books included the pictures in the original books.
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.
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.
An awesome book, as it should be remembered for such an amazing patriot! Best book for me by far!!
Good book grate story unbelievable grate detail of what he went through
Really annoying American narrator
"horrible but fascinating"
an interesting story and morally interesting too as our hero seems to have done good and harm in equal measure
"So much better than film"
This is my first audiobook and was unsure if I would like it. But I took the plunge and no regrets. I would recommend to anyone who watched the film or even interested in seals view of war in Iraq.
I bought this book months ago for my partner to read/listen to, he didn't get around to it, so eventually I decided that as it was taking up valuable storage space on "my" I-pad I'd better try to stomach it (not a war movie fan) rather than delete & loose the money I'd spent.......
WOW what an amazing story, told in such a way (at times from a wife/woman's perspective) that you could not fail to be both moved & proud too.
A great read and an eye opener ! Not a book that I would normally pick up to read, but I'm very glad that I did, hence the 5 stars.
I'd like to add a personal message to all the men & women in the armed forces who risk their lives keeping us safe. THANK YOU !!!
"Good story but too American for me."
The book delivers exactly what you would expect from the title, lots of war zone sniper shooting, seal training and combat antics. The book also takes an account from Kyle's wife which makes it interesting to hear how his actions affect people back home.
The downside for me was the very full on American attitude Kyle takes in which country comes fist, even before family. I understand he has these views, but as a Brit, I found them a little tiring by the end of the book.
"Interesting, but too pro-God, pro-'Murica"
This was a good audio book, well produced, it's more the actual views expressed I don't buy.
For what it is it's enjoyable. But a lot of it comes across as a someone who is supposedly Christian, yet basically treats killing as a hobby.
"Not an ordinary view"
The narration by John Pruden
5 minutes to live - dune buggies and mud don't mix!
I felt I was being told the story by Chris Kyle
When he talks about his friends and comrades who died, Marc Lee and Ryan Job
As a child growing up in war torn Rhodesia, I understand the strain war puts on the family left behind and the man who goes to defend his country and save the innocents. I have seen first hand the effects of war. Chris allows people to see the human side of a "programmed fighting machine" and the family behind the man. Taya's accounts evidence the stress of running the home, taking charge of the children at the same time as living with the fear of something happening. I thought both having a say balanced the story. I was pleased to listen to the book before I watched the dvd - very different!
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