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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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Thankful but Disappointed

What disappointed you about American Sniper?

While I'm thankful for the service and devotion that Chris has shown to his country, I wasn't impressed with his book. Separating out the two issues -- service and book -- is important, as it is easy to get caught up in a patriotic spirit high. Nevertheless, I thought that the book was disjointed. In addition, Chris is obviously a guy who prides himself on bar fights and being tough, but he tries (poorly) to cover it up with a humble gloss in the book.<br/><br/>The narration is very poor. I'm from the south and appreciate a good southern accent, but the narrator attempted what seemed to be an overly contrived Texas accent that diminished from the quality of the book and accentuated the impression that the book and Chris were manipulating reality.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden???s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • Sudbury, MA, United States
  • 03-03-12

Not worth the time

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book. While the topic is intriguing it is poorly written.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I do not know yet.

Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

There was only one character in the book

Was American Sniper worth the listening time?

Not at all

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Very insightful.

I really enjoyed American Sniper. It gives an in depth look at what a SEAL sniper is capable of. I really never understood how much combat actually took place in Iraq due to the lack of coverage on the national news channels. You basically got how many soldiers died today due to IEDs and how inept George W. Bush was (I disagree). This book really tells you what was going on in Iraq's hot spots and how the SEALs were used to counter the insurgents. Our soldiers rules of engagement are too restrictive. The perspective of Chris's wife was very insightful as to how difficult marriage to an operator is. The part about punching out "scruff face" was hillarious. He deserved it for running his mouth. The narration is very good, he has a southern accent that fits the author. If you enjoyed Howard Wasdin's SEAL Team Six or Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor you will like American Sniper.

18 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Yaman
  • New Zealand
  • 01-15-15

So much hate and arrogance!

I have learned a few things from this book, but found so much hate and arrogance in it. There is also a lot of repetition, self praise from the author to his own self, obvious exaggeration, and almost zero positive things to say about Iraqis, as opposed to the numerous harsh and hateful things narrated.

This is the first Audible book that I find myself compelled to request from Audible to swap.

After finishing this book, I find myself completely uninterested in watching the Bradley Cooper movie with its same title, based on it.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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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  • ernie
  • United States
  • 01-23-12

eye opening

Would you listen to American Sniper again? Why?

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

13 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Meandering narrative

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The book subject, Chris Kyle's service and actions as a special forces operator in the Navy Seals, smacks of self-aggrandizing tales of conquest (including an apparent incident involving a fight with Jessie Ventura at a bar frequented by Navy Seals. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified by the Seal community), brutish bigotry toward Iraqis, and a childish inferiority complex regarding serving officers in the Seal teams. I felt like I was hearing one drinking story after the other, with each story getting more incredible and fantastic. <br/><br/>My lasting impression of the narrative is one of grave disappointment. I was hoping for the sober recollection of Chris Kyle's service and actions as a Seal Sniper in a manner similar to Michael Durant's memoir (In the company of heroes), or the critical examination of his own actions that are exemplified by Phillip Caputo (Rumors of War) or Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). Instead the story unfolds like that of a country bumpkin that became a Seal sniper. I think the most objectionable aspect of the memoir is Chris Kyle's apparent fidelity to the Christian faith as a means of comfort, yet without any examination of his beliefs or perspectives pertaining to Iraq or its citizens. His clumsy presentation of faith at best makes him come across as a crusader and at worst a very stupid man. <br/><br/>I think what Special Forces operators do is very dangerous, difficult, and requires heartfelt dedication and esprit de corps that is uncommon, and as such forms the basis of my review. Not just anybody does become a Navy Seal, nor should they, so what gets published or presented as fact should be judged so accordingly. Overall I don't think this book does many favors for the Navy. From this book's rendering it would seem that Navy Seals are ill-disciplined brutish killers incapable of higher reasoning or deliberate thought, a charge I doubt is true.

Has American Sniper turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

I thought John Pruden gave an excellent performance. His Texas twang and delivery made the character of the book authentic.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. I went to see Seal Team 6 and was surprised to see that the producers of the film at least tried to enter the complexity of their subject. However, I am not expecting the quality of The Hurt Locker, Homeland, or Zero Dark Thirty. If the film is made by a good executive producer who can present the Chris Kyle's objectionable bigotry as a facet of a complex personality, then the film might be pretty good.

Any additional comments?

A bar fight with Jessie Ventura, after Jessie apparently disrespects his fellow Seals? Seriously?

37 of 61 people found this review helpful

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Redneck

What would have made American Sniper better?

Just hated the tone...the assumption that Yankees don't know about REAL hunting or family or God or service to country. All with this fake modesty. I could NOT listen.

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With all due respect....

I don't really see the point in writing this as a
book. I'll watch the movie and hope that the story is more coherent on the screen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ironic crusade

Felt that the author did not see the irony of his crusade, while invading another country and wondering why everyone was pissed off with them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful