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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History | [Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice]

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

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.
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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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    Mike Florence, Colorado, United States 05-06-12
    Mike Florence, Colorado, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting story but narrator poorly cast"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Bruce Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-06-12
    Bruce Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-06-12

    I live in the United Staes Minor Outlying Islands, also known as Louisiana!

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    "Chris Kyle is an American Stud!"
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, honest, inspiring.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    Marine Sniper, subject matter.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    He sounded as though he was Chris Kyle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-06-12
    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "Eye opening and so intense!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and wanted more.


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    Matthew A. Comchoc 05-04-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"

    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.

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    David OCILLA, GA, United States 05-02-12
    David OCILLA, GA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "One of the best military books I've heard"
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    The best I've heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

    Talking about his family and the differences between civillian life and miliary life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting.


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    "Chris Kyle is my kind of guy."
    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

    The whole book moved me in different ways.


    What about John Pruden???s performance did you like?

    You feel as if he really is the author.


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    David Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-22-12
    David Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The worst america has to offer."
    What disappointed you about American Sniper?

    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.


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

    No I have read much better accounts of the reality of war.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performer had good intonation and feeling throughout.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Sniper?

    Would never have published it.


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    Lincoln Stepney, Australia 04-19-12
    Lincoln Stepney, Australia 04-19-12
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    "Cuts through the political bs of Iraq"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Pruden's narration helps elevate the story even more.


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    William DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12
    William DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Long shooter comes into the open."
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version. I cannot say.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    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.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    Did not like the phony Texas accent. Other than that I liked his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too much to digest in one sitting.


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    James Granbury, TX, United States 03-24-12
    James Granbury, TX, United States 03-24-12
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    "Fascinating"

    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.



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  • Daniel Clay
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "Great Story, Sad Ending Unwritten"
    What made the experience of listening to American Sniper the most enjoyable?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Kyle, when you read this book you dont need to be even asked this question.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.

    R.I.P


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