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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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    Jason 01-21-15
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    "A must read."

    A story of a true American hero. This is must read for people who like firearms, military story, comedy, and TRUE American heros. Blood, tear, laughter and patriotism would be the words to describe it. The narrating is also excellent.
    I bought it 2 days ago, already read it 3 times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rafael 01-21-15
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    Idk what to write but I liked this book even though I don't like to read( but I listened to it so it doesn't matter anyways lol)

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    Pita Miami 01-21-15
    Pita Miami 01-21-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Genuine but not the best war story out there"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    I listened to this book in preparation for the movie. It is a first person account of an American young man's war experience. It is not particularly well written although there is enough exciting material to put together a far more interesting book. The narrative does not flow.The authors who helped this young man write down his experiences did not do him any favors and I would certainly not read anything else by them.


    Would you recommend American Sniper to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not particularly recommend this book because it is poorly written. The story line is choppy and the characters lack dimension.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    The narrator did not particularly bother me. I hope the twang he affected is true to the "hero's" accent. I think listening to this book might have been better than reading it.


    Do you think American Sniper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It may be interesting to read about the sniper's short life after his experience in the SEALS. I understand he was murdered while trying to help another vet with PTSD. Should there be a second book, I hope other authors are engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a war story told from the point of view of one very young man with a gift as a marksman. It is not particularly philosophical but it could have been much better written; as it is, it does not even manage to entertain. Let's see if the script writers can make this the action packed film it could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 01-20-15
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    "A moving story about a true American hero!"

    This book gave me a fresh perspective on the men and women that give their all to keep us safe. It also provided some true insight to the war on terror that we hear so much about in the media.

    I believe stories like Chris Kyle's help reinforce the reality that freedom isn't free!

    This book was great from start to finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun 01-20-15
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    "Very good!"

    I found this to be an excellent story from a view that very few people experience.

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    Nancy Strickland Fort Worth, Texas, US 01-20-15
    Nancy Strickland Fort Worth, Texas, US 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    Sad to listen to knowing he was murdered while trying to help a fellow soldier with PTSD. JUST VERY HARD TO LISTEN TO...

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    Cristian Gonczi 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Honest personal view of war"

    The story may cause outrage at times, yet sends you occasionally off thinking about WHY we sent troops to Iraq in the first place...

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    Mr. George Sabados Sydney, Australia 01-20-15
    Mr. George Sabados Sydney, Australia 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An invaluable insight into US 'Patriotism'"

    At times confronting, at times highly righteous, Chris Kyle presents a 'boots an all' insight into his ideals; definition of patriotism, defending the nation, and love for his professional, and what it means to be a loving husband and father.
    There are moments of moralistic high ground de-humanising 'the enemy' I can't take that away from man who obviously did a lot of the 'clean up' work and had to somehow justify it to his conscience. Any person would be tested, and at the end he reveals the true beauty of being human - by giving back.

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    Steve 01-19-15
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    "Distracting reader"

    The reader was a distraction for me. His Texas drawl sounded like a bad George Bush caricature and detracted from the experience for me.

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    Scott 01-19-15
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    "American Hero!"

    Awesome. A true American hero. RIP brother. The story was intense and relatable. I couldn't stop listening as it gripped me from the opening sentence. I hope the country understands his sacrifice and service.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John williams
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    "GUN HO RUBBISH"
    What would have made American Sniper better?

    I HAVE LISTENED TO HUNDREDS OF AUDIOBOOKS I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS IS THE MOST BLINKERED GUN HO PRO USA CRAP I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO.
    FUNNY THING IS I LIKED THE FILM.


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  • Benjamin101
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    "Fast paced, heart wrenching - life as a Seal!"
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    This made for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Chris Kyle really provides a no holes barred account of life as a Navy Seal. From it's camaraderie and brotherhood, to the almost ludicrous rules and regulations each soldier has to follow while in combat. The way Kyle writes and talks so nonchalantly about killing really shows the psychological impact fighting in a war has and also the bravery that each soldier faces and that which often gets so overlooked in the reports we see on the news.Even through the seriousness of this book, Kyle comes across as quite a funny guy, keeping things very light hearted and entertaining which I find really helps break the monotony of the battlefield. I found myself beginning to care about Kyle and his 'brothers', to care about his family and the pain his wife must go through each time he's deployed - sharing her husband with the US government. John Pruden was a great narrator and you really feel like you're actually listening to Kyle speaking. He was very clear and made it a very easy listen.All in all I thought this was a great listen and would highly recommend it. I'm not really a war time book fan but I found myself unable to 'put this down'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger
    1/26/15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is not easy to listen to if you don't like to hear the truth , a very honest account of what Chris Kyle had to deal with in Iraq

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
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    1/25/15
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    "took 45 mins to get the audible download to work"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

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    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

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    Any additional comments?

    Even this form doesn't work properly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roberto Jiménez
    1/20/15
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Sometimes it reads like dull autobiography, sometimes like warrior legend, and other times as a unintended satirical portrayal of himself.

    Nevertheless, this book also offers a good
    description of American's dogma of their exceptionalism and its roots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Lumsden
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    1/12/15
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    "Great audiobook"

    Very enjoyable and interesting book! A great insight into modern warfare and what a typical navy SEAL experiences. Buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • p
    1/9/15
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    "fantastic book well worth a read"

    a real fantastic read real life experiences from a war hero gripping from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    12/23/14
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    "I have read this book aswell still just as good"

    Great book I enjoyed it just as much as the hard book I have at home it is in my top ten easily

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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