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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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    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-09-12
    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"

    I am a married Mother of 1 Son and 2 Step-sons. I have never served in the military and honestly do not have any close ties to the Military, other than my Father who served in Korea and a cousin who was killed in Vietnam during the TET offensive. Though I would prefer the world was all Love and Light with no war ever; that is just not how it is. I have strong feelings about the war on both sides of the issue, I respect others thoughts and opinions as their own; but no matter what I respect and support the courage, strength and patriotism of each and every member of our Military. I begin this review this way so that you can see I am a regular Jane.

    This book is written from Chris Kyle a Navy SEal's perspective. It is about his life growing up in Odessa Texas and follows him through his life as a Navy SEal, from BUDS training to the war in Iraq and life during and after from his POV. If you are looking for fluff, BS and watered down opinions this book is not for you. Chris tells it like he saw it good, bad or indifferent from his POV. During the reading of this book I cringed, I smiled, I chuckled, I felt uneasy and a bit queasy, I cried and felt sad, but I was completely engaged the entire time. At no point did I feel lost or feel like I did not understand something. (Keeping in mind I am just a regular Jane); Chris explains acronyms, procedures and operations as the story moves along and talks in plain "Texan". Peppered throughout the book, Taya, Chris' wife gives us a heartfelt view of life with Chris. My heart could only bleed for her, Thank you Taya and "God Bless" you for all that you sacrificed for your country. And Chris for the record though you say (several times I might add) throughout the book that you do not consider yourself a "Bad Ass".........Uh Chris, you were a FEARLESS BAD ASS, period end of subject.

    I am glad I decided to read this book; as honesty goes, Chris does not pull any punches and truly seems sincere in all his accounts of how things went down. I am not by nature one to believe everything I read and use quite of a bit of discernment as a rule, but at no point did I feel that anything but the truth as Chris saw it went from pen to paper.

    Thank you Chris and every single person at home or deployed who Stand and Protect our great country. And thank you to all the Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children who sacrifice so those brave men and woman can do just that.

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a firsthand account of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endure on a daily basis.

    103 of 121 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Estrada 01-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for Active Duty, Veterans, and family"

    This book is a riot, Chris Kyle... I salute you. I am 82 ABN veteran, and this book sums up all the emotions that somehow Veterand cant figure out how to explain to anyone, even ourselves. This book made me laugh made me smile and made me understand, it also made me Proud to be an Amreican, something the Author would be proud to know. It also made me very proud to have worn the Uniform with pride and respect.

    46 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Raw, Real, and flows well"

    I've read most of the audible books on SEALS. This is the best by far. It doesn't go into too much detail on SEAL stuff, but gives you just enough to tell the story. And oh what a story it is! Chris has lived a VERY exciting life. He gives insight into the way a SEAL thinks, and even criticizes the leadership quite a bit. This book is good for the military man, as well as the civilian; pretty much anyone who has an interest in the SEALS as people....not so much their tactics.

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 11-18-14
    Jonathan 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I hoped for"
    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    Like I'm realizing happens with many military autobiographies, the author attempts the "humble brag", i.e. "I'm not bragging, but I'm the best (fill in the blank) there is." The story doesn't have much continuity or flow, it jumps from one random story to the next. The insights from his wife don't add much.


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    William 01-20-12
    William 01-20-12
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    "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"

    This book is a fascinating account of someone that lived a horrifying scenario without blinking. A Navy Seal, a man, a dad, a patriot, and a Christian which laid his life on the line for his fellow fighting forces, and in his belief his country, all to prevent evil from succeeding. Say what you want to about agreeing with the man, but call him a true man and a hero in the process. He is non-political. He is just a man that answered a call to duty from his country, and was extremely lethal at the task given. This single minded soul, concentrated on the task at hand and accomplished what we asked of him.
    If you are looking for a book that questions patriotism, the reasons the USA went to war, move on to another book. However, if you want a glimpse in to a well trained mind that had a little fun along the way, and a few hardships, then this is a great book for you.

    43 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Williams 02-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story but the narration killed it for me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Could not recommend


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

    The Texas accent that the narrator adopted felt forced, wasn't that good and was unnecessary. After several hours of listening to words pronounced without the trailing letter G, I couldn't take it anymore. Messin and drivin and divin and shootin got old.


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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-23-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-23-12

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "This Guy is No Marcus Luttrell"

    I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
    I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
    The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
    All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend this book.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    ernie United States 01-23-12
    ernie United States 01-23-12
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    Would you listen to American Sniper again? Why?

    just a great story of the military we dont hear on the news every night


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 05-24-12
    Patrick 05-24-12

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "Not the best Seal book out there..."

    I found myself hurrying this book along towards the last few chapters. I've read some other books by Navy Seals out there, and this one is my least favorite. It wasn't boring, but nothing exactly stood out. I'd advise giving "Lone Survivor" a try first before listening to this book.

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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 04-14-12
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome book!"

    This book is not just for men who like war stories or stories about guns. I am a female who thoroughly loved this book. This book is so much more. It was interesting to get an insider's perspective on the war in Iraq. It was also interesting to get an insider's perspective on being a sniper - a trained killer. I could not turn the book off. The only downside is that the narrator seemed to be putting on a fake southern accent. The narrator's voice was a little distracting at first, that is why I gave the performance only three stars. However, the story, itself, could easily garner 10 stars. I just wish the audio books included the pictures in the original books.

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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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!

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roberto Jiménez
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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.

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  • S. Lumsden
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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
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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
  • David
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    "Great Story, Sad Ending Unwritten"
    What made the experience of listening to American Sniper the most enjoyable?

    The great story, had a great background to each part of the story, made me think sometimes about how a life of a seal has effect his life, love the parts when chris kyle exampled the war and the missions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Kyle, when you read this book you dont need to be even asked this question.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    His voice was kinda great for this story but you have to get used to it, its deep strong but might need to make it a bit less deep, more relaxing but great reader, actually made me feel like his the person who written the book.


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

    When a soldier died while trying to save him, made me move and after doing research on him, how he died, was just heart breaking.

    R.I.P


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    1/16/15
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    "Awesome only way to describe it!!!"

    I can't wait to see the movie absolute hero truly a man with loyalty to his Country

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordo117
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    "R.I.P Chris Kyle."

    Already read this book. Seeing the film this weekend. Just amazing! R.I.P.Chris Kyle. God bless

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sutton, United Kingdom
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    "a true story of a murderer"

    just read 2 or 3 pages and was already angry. how can you justify killing in some else's country? you can protect your people only when you are in your country and invaded by another nation.

    ridiculous!

    however if this was a fiction, my rating would be different probably.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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