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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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    Hailey 05-05-15
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    "What a beautiful story."

    I have already read American sniper but hearing it read to me brought everything home. John Pruden had the perfect accent, speech and dictation of a good ole southern boy. And I have never heard the emotions until his voice broke when talking about Ryan. I cried with
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    PinkPanther Northern Illinois 05-04-15
    PinkPanther Northern Illinois 05-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "So good I listened to it twice in a row."

    Great book. Way better than the movie. It gave so much more insight into what Chris was thinking and feeling. Well read by the narrator. Only minor negative was the transition from Taya to Chris. Next read is Lone Survivor.

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    F. Duarte Escondido, CA United States 05-04-15
    F. Duarte Escondido, CA United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story of honor"

    A story of teamwork on the front lines from someone that has seen a lot of action. This is not a book about killing, it's a book about protecting Americans . Sometimes violence is the solution.

    After listening to 30 minutes of and on, my teenage daughter asked to listen to the whole book. She has never asked this of any other audio books before.

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    Amazon Customer Surprise, AZ United States 05-04-15
    Amazon Customer Surprise, AZ United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but so far, in all my other experience of reading and then listening to the audiobook, the audio is just better and easier to get into!


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

    Tough question, I love all of them, I especially love the comradery between the men, I've seen this personally with my dad when he was a fireman for 30 years, those guys were family and always helped each other, true brothers


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did the voice well, it didn't feel overdone or fake, it seemed pretty natural


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

    Hearing how well his friend Ryan had done after losing his eyesight, then hearing he died going in for an operation, so sad


    Any additional comments?

    A great book in this genre, but I do love to read about and listen to books regarding and reliving what our soldiers do for us, they are heroes and do it even for those people who think they are doing a bad thing. I salute everyone of you!

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    Nathan 05-04-15
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    "the best military book and movie ever."

    love it. i listen to it over and over again. one if the best books.

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    Michael 05-02-15
    Michael 05-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    This is an A+ book/listen I would high suggest it to anyone. I loved the story about him flipping off the shark

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    andrew 05-02-15
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    "Best autobiography I've ever listened to"

    Chris Kyle is my hero, he is so honest and down to earth. We need more men like him, especially in today's age where most men don't know the first thing about honor, duty, respect and discipline.

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    Scott Fowler Petal, MS 05-01-15
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    "Awesome in every sense of the word."

    As a Navy Veteran I already revered Chris Kyle and his unmatched accomplishments as a Seal Sniper based on everything I had read and heard about him. This story cements my reverence. Chris Kyle is among the greatest real life American heroes, and will be forever.

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    Marin Goleta, CA, USA 05-01-15
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    "Great story"

    What a great guy! I loved this story, loved that there was such a capable, reasonable, and moral person in our armed forces. I also liked learning about operations in the Middle East.

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    dzyner 05-01-15
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    The raw truth about war. Kyle and all military are true patriots. Im grateful as an American we have them.

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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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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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
  • miss
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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
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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
  • David
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James B.
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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
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    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
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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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