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
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
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.
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.
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.
While the story was okay and informative at times, it was not worth the hype of other reviews and media spotlight. Perhaps I couldn't get passed the narrator's Texas accent that at times felt forced and more like a teenage boy than a grown man's reflection. It just didn't do it for me, but I will recommend it to teenage, or 20-something young men, as it has been a hit in my classroom.
I can understand why this book is popular: Chris Kyle lived a life out of a video game. I appreciate that we have soldiers of this caliber, but I'm left with the feeling that his priorities and pride are misplaced. He lauds his killing as righteous, but even in the name of war, killing another human is a tragedy of circumstance that one should not enjoy. The movie is more satisfying in that it weaves a story that deals with the tension of being a solider. Get the movie.
I found the book informative in that it gave me an even greater appreciation for the patriotism of Mr. Kyle and our other servicemen and women and for the toll their service exacts on not only themselves but their families as well. That being said, I have to say that even though I found the book informative, I did not find it particularly entertaining. I don't know how accurately the narrator portrayed Mr. Kyle, but his accent and voice seemed affected, like he was trying too hard to sound homegrown country, and this was a bit of a distraction for me.
Please don't misunderstand; I admire Mr. Kyle tremendously. I just didn't become engrossed in the book and found myself finishing it just for the sake of completion.
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.
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!!
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
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