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American Sniper Audiobook
American Sniper
Written by: 
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
Narrated by: 
John Pruden
American Sniper Audiobook

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

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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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    Travis R. Parker ME 06-20-15
    Travis R. Parker ME 06-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "With all due respect...."

    I don't really see the point in writing this as a
    book. I'll watch the movie and hope that the story is more coherent on the screen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 06-19-15
    Henry 06-19-15
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    "Ironic crusade"

    Felt that the author did not see the irony of his crusade, while invading another country and wondering why everyone was pissed off with them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Skip 06-14-15
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    "Disgusting."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Why don't we just hire serial killers and tell them it is for god a country?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Never anything like this. It makes me want to puke.


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

    NO NO NO NEVER.


    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    Everyone


    Any additional comments?

    Please remove this from your offers. I would not want my children to ever read this. I would prefer for them to read porn.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    idontwantapenname 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Crap"

    Crap bull manure shit droppings sewage gArbage flatulance horse pucky bullshit lies exaggeration braggart feathering own bed

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 05-01-15
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 05-01-15
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    "Go see the movie"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    diane ross washington, dc United States 03-29-15
    diane ross washington, dc United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    arrogant asshole gun nuts


    Has American Sniper turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    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?

    anger, disgust


    Any additional comments?

    this is the story of a self-absorbed gun nut who does not deserve recent accolades

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cookie 03-23-15
    cookie 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extremely disappointing"
    What disappointed you about American Sniper?

    Chris Kyle is a one dimensional man with myopic views that are simplistic, racist and hawkish. Even during a time of war when it might be necessary to kill in self-defense, one would think there would be some reflection on the fact that you've taken human lives. For Chris Kyle, it was easy, as he said, they all deserved it.


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    Bolie 03-22-15
    Bolie 03-22-15
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    "Glad I listened but......"

    Failed expectations. Quite a frustrating listen actually, Hoped this story might have been a bit more balanced. Great story for the wildly patriotic Christians in the crowd. Amazing anyone this involved with a conflict can see the world through a one sided mirror. Oh well, not much to learn as a take away from this one. The narrator is good. The Texas twang might wear on you after a while. Not the best use of your listening time for sure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 03-03-15
    Richard 03-03-15
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    "There're the good guys and the BAD guys"

    Chris Kyle was brave, no doubt, and maybe it takes a simplified view of the world to go out and do what these guys do, but it's not a video game and these are real people being killed. He glorified his kills and "just couldn't wait to get back out there and kill some bad guys." I guess my world view is more nuanced and I align myself with those "Yankees" whom he disparages. I hated this book from page 1.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 02-16-15
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ho hum.."

    I feel like a traitor for not liking this book especially being a soldier, but golly this book was boring. Knowing the "true" end to Chris Kyle's story, it seems terrible to say this, but no one can ever say he was an intellectual giant.

    I tried. I truly tried, but compared to Karl Marlantes' books, this was just not a good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Dan Dan
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    12/25/13
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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!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    3/3/12
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dave K
    4/16/15
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    "Humm ok"

    After reading a few reviews I purchased. One thing that sticks in my mind is he is almost as extreme as the people he is shooting. I think something of this was mentioned elsewhere in another review. I like America very much but he love of the country and zeal for it was a bit too much for me. Some very good parts very well told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    BARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    3/7/15
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    "Respect to the fallen"

    A heroic account of a snipers life, such a shame Chris Kyle is no longer with us. A life taken so needlessly after surviving countless tours of duty. Rest in peace "The Legend"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Ainscough
    3/5/15
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    "Excellent."

    Great book and brilliantly narrated. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to know the real story of Chris Kyle, it makes you see even more how well Bradley Cooper portrayed him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James B.
    4/13/15
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    "Okay"

    You will like this if you like books written by seals as opposed to books written by trained writers. Good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • daniel
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    "Inspiration"

    I watch the movie first and now the book as this man story as he and his wife struggle to keep together is so amazing story of this man and A inspiration to join the military as as I am going to
    join the Royal Marines so can you get into the SBS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Alp
    New Southgate London Uk
    3/29/15
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    "Didn't enjoy it as much"

    Too much cussing. I know it's a soldier's recount of his life. But cussing for the sake of cussing took away some of the seriousness of this book.
    The late Kyle's attitude towards taking life made me cringe but that was his life experiences at the time.
    What did I take away from this book. War is not nice. People die or come back changed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "Interesting"

    An engaging account of war and his attitude to killing. I empathised with his viewpoint but didn't always agree. That's not a criticism of him or the book though. Tough times need tough characters, and Kyle was who you needed to get the job done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dominic
    3/3/15
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    This one kept me listening for hours, love this, one of my favorites, probably the best one, Chris Kyle rest in peace mate, I saw the movie first and I just had to see his story, and a few bits were blown out of purportion, wish they could of fit more things in, how he saved marines, but I like it how he doesn't see himself as better as everyone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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