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
Like I say it was an interesting story, and although John Prudin did a technically excellent job, he was badly cast, and I did not find him believable as a Navy Seal credited with killing 160, and possibly 255 human beings. Also, those whom I have met who have "Seen the Elephant" and especially elite forces are not as glib as Mr. Kyle about their experience.
I live in the United Staes Minor Outlying Islands, also known as Louisiana!
Interesting, honest, inspiring.
Marine Sniper, subject matter.
He sounded as though he was Chris Kyle.
When Chris shot the Iraqi woman, he had his natural thoughts of brief hesitancy. Thankfully his training took over. It brought me back to Carlos Hathcock's Apache woman. Would that he had had a clear shot at her before she was able to kill Marines.
I am so proud that Chris was so honest about himself and the warriors he served with. This is not some Hollywood shoot 'em up hero tale. This is the real thing. Carry on Texan!
I'm a daily commuter who squeezes every penny and minute out of each book. Audible gives that much needed break from my busy schedule!
Everyone should read this so that we can better understand the mind and hearts of the brave men and women who serve in the branches of our military.
Yes, and wanted more.
I really liked this book. In it, there are snippets that were written by the author's wife. They are read by the narrator in the way that men speak when they are trying to impersonate a female's voice. This bugged me. I would have liked for there to have been a female narrator for those portions. Also, the author used the term "bada$$" at least a thousand times throughout the book. This got sort of old, but also gave the book a conversational feel. Like the guy was just sitting in front of you and giving it to you straight, instead of reading a book. Overall it worked, even though I'm usually annoyed by the overuse of individual words in a book. Oh, and like every other SEAL book, the first half of the thing is about BUDS... be warned.
I'm a guy that likes to listen to music and books while I exercise and do any other thing I have to do around the house or at work.
The best I've heard.
Talking about his family and the differences between civillian life and miliary life.
Yes it was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting.
The whole book moved me in different ways.
You feel as if he really is the author.
It was just the type of non-intelligent war loving story you would expect from a brain washed cro-magnon. I have read much better insightful accounts of special forces heros. This guy comes off as a high school jock that grew up into an ultra right wing conservative who would prefer to let other people do his thinking for him.
No I have read much better accounts of the reality of war.
Performer had good intonation and feeling throughout.
Would never have published it.
Chris is a guy you are going love or hate or possibly both in equal measure. In truth war is hell but if your there you want a guy like him covering your butt!
Chris spells out what war is for him and put simply it's killing bad guys so they don't kill you or your friends and family back home.
If you have preconceived ideas on the war in Iraq, the people fighting on both sides and what it is to be a Navy Seal then prepare to be challenged.
John Pruden's narration helps elevate the story even more.
William Flagg Magee, Author of "The Elephant Hunter"
Did not read print version. I cannot say.
Inside Delta Force. Both books focus on specific special forces within the military. Each defines what it takes and what one must do to become a member of an elite unit.
Did not like the phony Texas accent. Other than that I liked his performance.
No. Too much to digest in one sitting.
If your philosophy is that in any situation you either make a positive difference or, at best, waste your time, you will admire, as I did, how Chris Kyle spent his time in the service of our country.
You can bemoan the number of our enemies he killed, or you can exult in the number of fine young Americans he saved from being killed, whatever your priority or choice of news commentators, but there is no denying his signal achievements in the service he chose, his dedication to what he did, his pride in what he did, and the fact that he seems to spend no time in at all in analyzing all the aspects of war that the pseudo-peace-seekers wail about.
The book is surprisingly educational, clear-thinking, and most surprising of all, very frequently humorous. Of course, there is some sadness too; it is, after all, about war. If you are open to constructive philosophy about the necessary sacrificies a democracy must be prepared to make, read or listen to Part 1, Chapter 4 where the author pauses to reflect briefly but logically and effectively, I thought, on that subject. If you would like to become acquainted with the tools of the sniper's trade, in training, temperament and equipment, that is provided too.
My entire life, I have heard the term "(he) cusses like a sailor". Well, Mr. Kyle is a sailor; a particular effective one, with a vocabulary that may be the envy of the entire U. S. Navy. But, it's all in context at least.
Scott McEwan does a fine job reading.
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!
"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.
"Great Story, Sad Ending Unwritten"
The great story, had a great background to each part of the story, made me think sometimes about how a life of a seal has effect his life, love the parts when chris kyle exampled the war and the missions
Chris Kyle, when you read this book you dont need to be even asked this question.
His voice was kinda great for this story but you have to get used to it, its deep strong but might need to make it a bit less deep, more relaxing but great reader, actually made me feel like his the person who written the book.
When a soldier died while trying to save him, made me move and after doing research on him, how he died, was just heart breaking.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content