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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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    Nicholas 12-21-16
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    "great story"

    This is a great book to listen to. It help me captive from beginning to end.

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    Garrett Ray Wilkes Fernandina Beach, Florida, US 12-20-16
    Garrett Ray Wilkes Fernandina Beach, Florida, US 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    This book(audiobook) captured my attention from the very first few minutes and had me up all night. I stayed up until the early morning hours to finish it, It was that good. If you like war stories and learning more about how navy's seals operate this is a great book to start with. The narrator did an amazing job as well. Ive read/listened to all the top rated navy seal and war memoirs/autobiographies and this one is my favorite. I've listened to it in its entirety several times just because I enjoyed it that much. Amazing to hear the things that our military men and women have gone through so we as Americans can enjoy the freedom that we have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Brewer 12-20-16
    Ken Brewer 12-20-16
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    "I loved it"

    i loved it,i couldn't stop listening to it, Highly recommend you to buy this book

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    Christopher C. Dale Balad, Iraq 12-16-16
    Christopher C. Dale Balad, Iraq 12-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Taya's Parts"

    It would have been better to hear Taya's voice during her parts. At least a woman's voice.

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    Amazon Customer 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing."

    have listened to this book has made me want to be a better person in life and just want to try to help others.

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    Becky 12-12-16
    Becky 12-12-16
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    "Not the story I expected"

    Unfortunately, this book does not really have much of a storyline and instead is a repetitive series of similar vignettes. There are jumps from his narrative to his wife's and because the reader's voice doesn't change, it was jarring. In fairness, I don't believe I was the target audience. While I gained insight into the brutal realities of serving as a Seal sniper, his lack of personal insight, the strong doses of testosterone and the blind spots related to his own wife and children made it a challenging book to get through.
    I'm curious as to why there is no epilogue or mention of his subsequent death at the hands of an acquaintance and how this impacted his family. Such a terrible tragedy.

    Perhaps this book is better recommend for those who have been there and served in the military. This is not your book if you are looking to read a well woven, cohesive story.

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    Choirmom 12-12-16
    Choirmom 12-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    Many have criticized Chris Kyle for his lack of feeling towards the enemies he killed. However, he appears to have always acted within the parameters for each mission. I am glad that soldiers like him can make the difficult choices, even when careless leaders put him and those like him in an untenable situation like the Iraq war.

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    charlton huang 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Despite the controversy...."

    It's still a good book whether or not it's based on lies or propaganda. Your call.

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    chittymike 11-30-16
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    "thank you chris kyle. great book. great service."

    great book. God bless you and yours. the best part was the truth. no sugar coating

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    Breck's Kindle 11-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderfully eye opening"

    easy to listen to in the words of a real person. a very patriotic story

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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
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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.

    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
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    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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