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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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Amazing Man & Story, Told More as a List of Events

Chris Kyle is clearly an amazing human being and his story is incredible, but but this book is written more as a listed series of events than a visual intimate depiction of scenes, so I struggled to become emotionally invested in what was happening. The story is told in Chris's authentic this-was-the-way-it-was voice, which seems pleasantly authentic to his life, but the style didn't gel in connecting me with the characters and situations as much as I would have hoped. (And for those who are concerned, as might be expected, it's jam-packed with f-bombs). This being said, I was fascinated by the things he went through, and I have a great respect for what he and our other servicemen & women have done for our country.

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Great story, bad language!

This is a story that Americans should hear. It's too bad that I could not listen to it around my family because of the language that even sailors would not use around their own families.

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Ouch

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Couldn't get past the first chapter. Felt like the narration dumbed down the content. Or maybe it was the content.

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  • Bruce
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 07-07-15

SEAL Warrior Slaps Cows

Though he is a brave and patriotic warrior, Chris Kyle is so full of himself, it is irritating. He brags about his rodeo days, and laughs at how he used to break bones in his hands slapping cows in the head. Not a far step from that animal abuse to his joking about killing humans--laughing about an Iraqi soldier who bled to death after having his ass literally shot off...real funny. Kyle was no John Wayne. While a necessary evil, CK's apparent enjoyment of all his bad-ass ways got me to disliking him early in the book. Reminded me of a guy I knew who used to enjoy hunting deer, and then when the wounded deer was down, he'd go up to the deer and finish the job with a hammer. Was feeling pretty proud of our American heroes until I started reading this book. Guess we need that type...over there. When the narrator tried to vocally imitate Kyle's wife, it was kind of creepy. Overall, a readable account, but not one of my favorite audible books.

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For some, not worth the hype

Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

While the story was okay and informative at times, it was not worth the hype of other reviews and media spotlight. Perhaps I couldn't get passed the narrator's Texas accent that at times felt forced and more like a teenage boy than a grown man's reflection. It just didn't do it for me, but I will recommend it to teenage, or 20-something young men, as it has been a hit in my classroom.

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  • f_rele
  • Vantaa, Finland
  • 05-09-15

Big boys play war and evade duties to their wifes.

Overall the book is not very well written and storytelling is divided to small pieces here and there. But that was not the main issue to me. I was very open minded when I started to listen to this book, but as the story progressed I could not start to dislike the author and the twisted manly image that was portrayed. Full of boyish ego boasting. I strongly disagree that it's heroic to skip taking care of wife baby and feed your own addiction to action by enlisting time and time again, especially when it seems that purpose to author is not to serve the locals, but to get to play with guns and wrestle with buddies.

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Informative, But Not To My Taste

It was a bit distressing to experience the mind of a person who enjoyed killing humans, even though they are the enemy. I don't understand the psychology of it all. Maybe you have to enjoy it to be good at it, and our warriors need to be highly skilled. In my opinion, not most women's book.

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Very difficult to listen to. Wasted $$

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Not written about this character, Not written by Chris Kyle.

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

Most irritating was the narrator's poor imitation of a Texas accent. It really detracted from my listening to the book. He should have just read the text using his normal voice.

What character would you cut from American Sniper?

All. None are worth the effort.

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It didn't do it for me

What disappointed you about American Sniper?

I felt the story was so boring.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

the constant references to Texas and manhood... and blah blah blah.... very boring to hear a grown man talk about himself so much

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

oh God.... it was painful to listen to this guy narrate this book. Horrible narrator.

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

Anger and disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I didn't finish it all.... that bad

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  • Ann
  • Orefield, PA, United States
  • 03-12-15

Couldn't stomach it

What would have made American Sniper better?

One of the few audiobooks that I could not finish. I don't know if it was the reader or the story, but I got aggravated at the arrogant, xenophobic tone. The one minute trailer for the movie intrigued me, but that may have been the apex of the book as well. Disappointed.

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  • Zemap
  • 06-18-16

interesting

well narrated and an amazing story from a very singular perspective. Enjoyed it but not sure I really like the guy or what he achieved in the end.

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  • Westley
  • 04-24-16

Great read

A great but terrible story what one guy could go through is unbelievable fantastic story

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  • Gary Parkinson
  • 02-22-16

loved it

A very interesting and informative read from the view of the solider, a great eye opener into day to day life on the front line.

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  • mark
  • 02-02-16

bad ass

Really enjoyed the narrators tone and felt chris kyle was talking directly to me.
In he's own words he was one BAD ASS.
He was a family man, not chasing ass & tail, but was chasing the adrenaline rush of the war.
R.I.P

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  • msrtin
  • 12-17-15

best book

loved this book what a story and what a man .
rest in peace chris kyle

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  • Paul
  • 12-06-15

An intimate, honest account of a very unusual life

I knew a little about Chris Kyle, mostly from news stories and from the film review of his biopic, but hadn't seen it yet and hadn't followed his story closely.

The book is written in a candid first person narrative. Those familiar with (particularly) American Special Forces memoirs will recognise the co-authored plain speaking voice. This isn't meant to be a slick thriller nor is it a meant to be a polished memoir. Chris Kyle's personality shines through and the God and Country (or in his case Country and God) values he holds are front and centre.

It covers his early life, family relationships and life prior to entering the US military as well as his service life before deployment and his return to civilian life. To a UK reader, much of this may seem culturally alien - although if you've read a few of these types of books (and there are plenty out there, some better than others) it will be familiar. It is very frank, almost to the point of offence at times. He wears his heart and religion on his sleeve. I tried to remember that any man (they are all men in the SEALs) who is successful in becoming a US Navy SEAL is so unusual that most of can't really relate to their experience.

There is an attractive honestly and self awareness in the book which stops it becoming over blown and just a look-at-me vanity work. Kyle is very open about his faults, decisions and priorities - most of which are very removed from our experience. But that is the point of these, and in particular, this book. His life is so unusual and alien to 99% of us, we need memoirs like this to remind ourselves what we ask our military to do on our behalf.

This is an insight into one man's very unique experience. It goes beyond the film and I was glad I had read it before I got a chance to see the film (which isn't my usual preference).

I won't spoil the story for those unfamiliar with his life, but I would recommend it to those who enjoyed the film or were surprised about the life of this man.

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  • Nic
  • 11-17-15

Amazing

An awesome book, as it should be remembered for such an amazing patriot! Best book for me by far!!

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  • Alexandra Sharp
  • 11-10-15

Awful accent

Good book grate story unbelievable grate detail of what he went through
Really annoying American narrator

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  • Mr Rob J Thomson
  • 10-29-15

horrible but fascinating

an interesting story and morally interesting too as our hero seems to have done good and harm in equal measure

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  • David Morton
  • 10-13-15

So much better than film

This is my first audiobook and was unsure if I would like it. But I took the plunge and no regrets. I would recommend to anyone who watched the film or even interested in seals view of war in Iraq.