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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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    Esteban Fremont, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Esteban Fremont, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cool story, bro."
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    Full disclosure: I did not finish this book. It was THAT bad.

    My biggest problem with "Sniper" is that it breaks the Stephen King rule of writing, namely, don't tell your audience what happened, show them. The result is a book that reads as a series of inane, generic stories along the lines of: "We got into some bar fights, and we had some rough times, but we had lot of fun along the way, and it was a great time. I mean, you kinda had to be there..."

    Cool story, bro.

    That's the reason I stopped listening to this book. It's just not interesting. You don't feel like you learned anything either. Instead of this book I would recommend you read "Inside Delta Force" which does a great job of SHOWING you what special forces are and do.

    For completeness' sake, I should also mention that this book has a number of other annoying qualities that are not deal-breakers, but which made me cringe. A couple of them are:

    -There is a frustrating amount of false modesty in the book. First the author says that he is not special, and that he is surprised that anyone would want to read his story. Later in the book he turns around and explains that the most likely reason why they got into so many bar fights is that the other men in the bar were jealous of SEALs.

    -There is a spectacular lack of empathy or understanding of the enemy on his part. At the very beginning the author actually calls his enemies "pure evil".

    -In general, the author comes across as unlikeable (I guess you can tell from this review that I didn't like him :).

    -He keeps referring to his some of his readers as "you yankees". If you're from Texas and you think that that single fact makes you awesome, this book is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "American Sniper."

    If you are interested in war this is a great book. The history of this book is great not to mention the fact that this is the greatest Sniper to date. I would recommend this Book to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-05-12
    Spencer Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    Was American Sniper worth the listening time?

    I really enjoyed the story from Chris Kyle, but there would often be asides from his wife. I didn't use a credit to hear how his wife felt while he was deployed. I wanted to hear the stories of


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    Edward San Antonio, TX, United States 01-10-12
    Edward San Antonio, TX, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "this guy is so dumb. ."
    What disappointed you about American Sniper?

    goes on and on about meeting wife. . .


    Did John Pruden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    didn't this guy brag about punching 60 year Jesse Ventura and then running away?

    7 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    TOM austin, TX, United States 11-26-13
    TOM austin, TX, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2007

    I would guess that I have the LARGEST library of all Audible listeners.

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    "THIS MAN HAS BEEN SHOT TO DEATH IN TEXAS!"
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    Dead in Texas near Dallas. Killed be X- millitary. Sudo PST , yes.... right!.......bull _____.



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    D. Lingafelt PA 02-08-13
    D. Lingafelt PA 02-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "forgettable waste of time"
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    This is a negative review. I feel genuinely bad writing it so close to Mr. Kyle’s death but I finished the book not 2 days before those tragic events. I do not speak negatively of Mr. Kyle. He is a true American hero in every sense of the word. His contributions to this country both in and out of the Navy are deserving of the highest praise. This book, however, did not meet my expectations (subjective) and is poorly written (objective.)
    Allow me to address my subjective criticism first by prefacing that I spent 2006 fighting in Ramadi and had worked with the “sister platoon” he mentioned on several occasions in the eastern part of the city. Given that this book has the subtitle: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. I expected a good bit of coverage of his wartime experience. Instead, I got short quips, no details, and a good bit of complaining. As someone who was there, I would have appreciated more tactical details. What training was most useful and what could be discarded? How were your hide spots chosen? What was going on around your locations? What gear did you use/prefer? As a regular line infantryman, I was fairly limited in what I could do and where I could go. I would have appreciated those viewpoints from someone in the SEALS who had considerably more freedom and discretion. Paint me a picture of what’s occurring. Too many of the wartime experiences are little more than “we went into a building, watched a road, shot the bad guys.” Perhaps you want details of the strenuous SEAL training? You won’t find it here.
    Readers should be advised that this is more of an autobiography than anything. You’ll be ¼ of the way through before he even joins the military. I couldn’t care less about his bronco-busting days or how his wife fell for him because he was “hard and muscular and sensitive.” The frequent interruptions in his story for his wife’s point of view were annoying and unwelcomed.
    Mr. Kyle’s writing does not do justice to the SEALS. Rather than coming away thinking of this elite unit as the quiet professions they are supposed to be, I came away regarding them as a bunch of rowdy frat-boys who do nothing but get drunk and fight in bars. Perhaps I’m a bit spoiled by the work of genius that is “Inside Delta Force” by Eric Haney. I was hoping for more of that sort of writing excellence but I was severely disappointed.
    My subjective criticisms may not matter to you. Perhaps you would like this autobiography if you do not have my high expectations; but hear my objective criticism first. Mr. Kyle is no author. His writing has all the depth of a 10th grade book report. I had no expectations of Shakespearian prose from an enlisted military man (I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, just that I did not expect it.) When I saw 3 names on the book: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice, I assumed one of them would be able to write a decent paragraph. It’s not abhorrent English; it’s just shallow and sloppy. For example, it would have been nice to see a descriptive adjective other than “bad-ass” over and over again. Clearly this book was a gimmick, thrown together simply to cash in on Mr. Kyle’s “most prolific sniper” title while the country is hungry for all things SEAL. If Mr. Kyle’s family continues to make money off it, I have no problem with a little capitalism. I only feel the need to dispute all the glowing reviews of this book by people who wouldn’t know a well-written book if it hit them center-mass.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MSG Tucson, AZ 10-16-12
    MSG Tucson, AZ 10-16-12
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    What would have made American Sniper better?

    Maybe if it was not written by a sociopath who enjoys killing people and guises a lot of his actions with false modesty when he is actually bragging and saying how much he thinks of himself as a bad ass. He even has his wife saying it about stories he tells her when he kills people up close.


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was boring at times and while I found some of the information interesting about the training and programs, I just could not wait to get through this. I really gave up that it would get any better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure what he could have done with this story, but the fake country accent could have been dropped. Also, his readin as the wife was not really that good either.


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

    That is a hard one. I do not think I can pick just one scene, but anywhere he talks about happily killing others and enjoying it, and how he couldn't wait to get back and kill some more, or how he enjoys fighting and beating people up.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate his service and realize he did not choose to be over there, but to enjoy it and get excited about killing other is tough to justify. I understand following orders, but his justifying killing all males ages 16-65 as part of your ROE (Rules of Engagement) by calling them all savages and pure evil is diluted. This author is the same guy getting sued by Jesse Ventura for defamation.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-25-12
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

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    "Made this heroic sniper boring."
    What would have made American Sniper better?

    The story became mired in the trivial.


    What was most disappointing about Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan ’s story?

    How I was instantly ambivalent about them.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Pruden?

    Any professional narrator but I fear that would not even help


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

    Honestly, might be easier to ask what I would have kept.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Fantastic!"

    Though not for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed this portrait of a true modern American hero.

    I agree with many other reviewers though, the narrator's fake accent is very annoying.

    The author has total, dripping contempt for the Iraqi insurgents, which I found a very refreshing change from the standard politically correct pap.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 02-05-13
    Rod Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "terrible waste of time"
    Would you try another book from Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan and/or John Pruden?

    no never, this author is not an author, seems to me probably didn't finish school and obviously failed english class, his grammer is poor to terrible.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Pruden?

    no narrator could have helped this writer.


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

    the part about him being or even thinking christianity has anything to do with what he was out there doing to people.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry I wasted my time and money, I couldn't even finish the book.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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