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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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    Joe 08-01-16
    Joe 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story"

    Written to tell a story not sugar coat anything. Great story. Crying, laughing and loving

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    clairhamilton 08-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tough"

    This is a tough story to get through. It's a difficult subject and I have a great respect for all Mr. Kyle has given to our country.

    The performer of this production was almost enough to make me quit "reading" it. His fake southern accent is painful. And his attempt to pick up Chris's wife's story was also hard to listen to. If you can get past him, you might be able to enjoy this book. Be prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel 07-31-16
    Samuel 07-31-16
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    "Every American should read this book. "

    An amazing story that scarce gives justice to our heroes. The ones that bravely put their lives on the line to retain our freedoms. Those who do sometimes horrific things so that we can rest easy at night. God bless the Kyle family and all of our military support

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer M. Massey 07-27-16

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    "I'll admit, I didn't get too far before returning"
    What disappointed you about American Sniper?

    All those who oppose America is Evil????? Seriously???

    Within 5 minutes I was yelling at the audio book. I so don't need this when driving in Atlanta Traffic.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funny


    What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?

    Accent was too good ol boy


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

    Didn't get far enough in to know.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like war stories then this is right up your ally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Malcolm 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!!! Detailed and honest!"

    I love war biographies and this never let me down! Excellent written, excellently narrated and a brilliant and gripping story!!

    I couldn't put it down! I will listen multiple times!

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    JC1481 07-26-16
    JC1481 07-26-16
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    "Beware of Profanity"

    Very much a book from a war fighter's prospective, including the "F" word in about every sentence. If you can get past that, it does give a good education on being the killer of bad people and the cost to themselves, their marriage and family. I learned a lot about being a snipper. I would recommend this if you've ever had any interest about Chris Kyle and his story.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-16 Member Since 2014

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    "American Sniper: Review"

    I LOVED this book, and I don't Love many books.
    I thought that it was an inspirational story and after listening to it I felt like I understand more about the issues and the mentality of Soldiers in the branches of the US military.
    I would recommend this book to anyone I know, because it has great writing and a fantastic narrator.

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    c.hawkins 07-21-16
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    "amazing"

    this book was amazing and the reader did and outstanding job in the likness of chris kyle

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    Michael 07-20-16
    Michael 07-20-16
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    "Amazing Story"

    As a veteran myself, I was taken back to some of my own experiences while listening to Kyle's story. In my humble opinion, every American should read (or listen) to this amazing story. I literally couldn't put it down.

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    Amazon Customer 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "too many dirty words. potty mouth"

    I struggled with this book because of the vulgarity in it. It was way beneath my morals.

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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
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    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
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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
    BARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    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
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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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