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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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  • Amy
  • HARRISBURG, NC, United States
  • 04-14-12

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.

27 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Justin
  • ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States
  • 02-12-12

A pleasant surprise!

Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was one of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

I was interested mainly in hearing about the mind and actions of snipers. What I got in addition to that was information about how Navy Seals train, the brotherhood they share with each other, how Chris Kyle's military career affected his family (in the words of his wife) and the fascinating details of what goes through the minds of soldiers caught in a fire fight. It was fascinating.

Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't. But just from this one performance I would certainly listen to others he's done. His Texas accent was so believable I thought Chris Kyle was narrating the story. I wondered, after finishing the book if the accent was put on or not. If it was, Pruden is a master narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, but it kept me riveted to the story and I was anxious to hear more.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I stumbled upon this book. I've been recommending it to many of my friends.

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  • Jugg
  • Menifee, CA, United States
  • 02-05-12

Great Story

Excellent tale of the Navy SEALs in combat. Provides a sense of the stresses experienced not just by our elite warriors, but all those troops who've had the a heavy combat experience.

Exquisite work.

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  • Ann
  • West Bloomfield, MI, United States
  • 01-24-12

Makes me proud to be an American.

Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

Yes, I always enjoy the audio version - brings the story to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris Kyle, by far.

Which scene was your favorite?

I particulary like his story of his experiences of living as a cowboy.

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

How the soldiers took care of each other. The fact that the Chris was willing to be so honest about his feelings and that he knows what he did was the right thing to do.

Any additional comments?

What a great book. After reading his story, I went to look for similar stories that would inspire me and how my every day living in the safety of an American suburb - is not free but has been paid by American blood of men and women who laid down their lives so we can live under the banner of safety.

19 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Slow. Slow. Slow. Where's the book?

This is my fifth or sixth "Special Forces" type book. Most I've liked. This was slow. Maybe too many writers (I count four, including bits from his wife). Lack of compelling details. I'm sure Kyle was a good soldier but as for book writing, hopefully there will be professional writer that will do justice to his story. Standing in the kitchen doesn't make one a chef.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 09-28-14

Thank you for your service, but not for this book

I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.

For what its worth............ J






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Ok

Poorly written. No need to continue after 1/2.
Hard to keep track of the time line and had little to keep interested.

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  • Bret
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 01-13-12

Amazing Man, Amazing Recount

First, thank you to Chris Kyle for his service and to all those who put their country first and bravely fight the battles few of us could even fathom. I appreciated this book immensely. It vividly paints a picture of the battle front and the rollercoaster of emotions our fighting men and women endure. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It and "Lone Survivor" are two must read books.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great insight

Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

Yes, but i mostly prefer audio format because it enables me to do a variety of other things.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

Dealing Death and the Fallujah bits.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dealing Death

Any additional comments?

What a bad ass, high speed, hard charger.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

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He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

A sad story. I feel sorry for his family as much as I feel sorry for the families of all his "righteous" kills. He is as much a victim of propaganda as they are.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful