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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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    Brandi 01-28-15
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    "Couldn't put down..."

    Wow. American Sniper is an amazing book. One, it's a great depiction of being the military and being deployed. Two, it explains the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in a way everyone can understand it. Three, it's relatable. He shares how difficult marriage can be in general and how difficult marriage and being in the military can be. The realism, the language, the experiences all allow the reader (or listener) to feel his life as the story unfolds. I loved it, five stars hands down.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 05-24-12
    Patrick 05-24-12

    Et tu, Brute?

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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.

    24 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    JohnInNC USA 01-26-15
    JohnInNC USA 01-26-15 Member Since 2016

    Black Ops Guy

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    "The book was much better than the movie."

    I had listened to this audio book long before the movie. I decided to go back and hear it again to see how close the movie was. I still enjoy the audio book version more than the big screen.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 01-25-12
    Alexander 01-25-12
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    "NOT Whitefeather"

    While i am indebted to Mr. Kyle for his service to our country and have do not doubt his achievements, this was in my opinion a slow and badly pasted together story when compared to many other military genre books I've read and listened to. The narrator tried too hard in his imitation of a Texas good ole boy. Chris Kyle also seemed braggadocios to me and attempted to badly cover this with stale humble statements after the fact. I found myself drifting off quite often during this book and that is something that has never happened to me while listening to a soldiers autobiography. If your a screw-em all patriot crusader who doesnt mind a little covered bragging and badly imitated Texas accents, you might like this book. I would rather re listen to Whitefeather any day.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    JustBill 04-27-15
    JustBill 04-27-15
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    "Someone did not do his job or stayed quiet."

    As a Veteran of 63 years of age, I salute this young man for his service to the Navy and Country. I watched the movie last night, and cannot say I enjoyed it. This young man should have never been allowed to do as many tours as he did, and why the approvals for such were signed off on, is beyond me. The next statement will be controversial, but there are soldiers out there that can eliminate or kill children without a second thought if they are a threat to the unit, and there are some that will carry out that mission while it eats them up. This story is about one of the greatest patriots this country has ever seen, but why did these extra tours approved when it was apparent one was enough. A great read though, but a horrendous ending, well past the last chapter.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 09-02-16
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 09-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think if he had told the story with less boasting. Maybe told some stories from his training with a little humility. Some self-depreciating humor wouldn't have gone amiss. I found I just couldn't get past the first chapters of the guy revealing how full of himself he was.


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

    No, just because one book is bad doesn't mean others would be.


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

    Not bad. It's hard to sound good with bad writing, much like a bad narrator can ruin a good book, bad writing can make a good narrator sound bad. It's hard to separate one from the other.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first scene was good, and it probably got better once he got into the action. I may go back and try to get the to that part, if ai can try and stomach the tone of the first few chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 05-12-16
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    "Them Good Old Boys"

    First finished book for the PopSugar Challenge: "A book becoming a motion picture this year" (I cheated a little). Great passionate & honest story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sivakumar United States 04-03-16
    Sivakumar United States 04-03-16
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    "Not very gripping"

    Lost track many times. Story was not very gripping. All scenes were monotonous. Opinions about the outcome of the war etc were missing

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    Dr. B. Dexter Portsmouth, VA 04-02-16
    Dr. B. Dexter Portsmouth, VA 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great man but the book is grade school writing"

    The narrator's bad English, slang and mispronunciations were very distracting. But there was no plot or skill put into writing the book. His editors should have given him a better team to help write his story. The very poor quality of the writing seems like an insult to am American hero.

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    Bree Boertien 03-11-16
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    "Bad narrator for the story"

    The story is excellent but the narrator is not right for it. They needed someone with a more hardened voice and better voice inflection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
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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.

    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
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    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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    3/29/15
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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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