We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
American Sniper Audiobook

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

Regular Price:$30.79
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (21011 )
5 star
 (13656)
4 star
 (4656)
3 star
 (1911)
2 star
 (488)
1 star
 (300)
Overall
4.5 (18335 )
5 star
 (12329)
4 star
 (3615)
3 star
 (1598)
2 star
 (494)
1 star
 (299)
Story
4.5 (18315 )
5 star
 (11585)
4 star
 (4506)
3 star
 (1593)
2 star
 (394)
1 star
 (237)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sand man 02-20-15
    Sand man 02-20-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    Heartless murder glorified in a story written at the 4th grade level!


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    The fact that the author was proud that he was a selfish self-centered liar...ask Jesse Ventura


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Pruden?

    yes


    Was American Sniper worth the listening time?

    Not at all


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vicki Roscoe 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lacking depth"

    I found this text to be pretty single dimensional. While Chris is an impressive soldier, I found his recounting similar to action movie stereotypes versus a real human experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Moog 02-19-15
    Moog 02-19-15

    Moog

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fist pumpin pick up wrapped in the good ol flag."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    I admit this was my mistake. I heard the film was doing well and Clint was directing so I thought it was based of a great book. I am sorry but this is such fist pumpin drivel. I kid you not there are lines such as "Oh good I thought.....I'm going to kill bad guys today". If you're looking for a good ol boy story then go for it. If you're not then avoid this like the plague. I am responding to the book and how this is written not his active service.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Classic to cleanse myself


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Pruden?

    Don't think this is an available option at this point of time.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 02-18-15
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 02-18-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not what I expected"

    Narration was as horrible as everyone said. The fake Texas accent...really? Either get a real Texan to read the book or talk right.

    I expected some good war stories. Deep insight into the feelings of a warrior. You get none of that. You do get lots of acronyms & what they mean. You get an entire chapter of the various weapons used and how they feel. Guess some would find that interesting. I kept listening...hoping to get to a good part. It never came for me.

    I doubt I will see the movie...well, maybe when it gets to Netflix for free. I certainly won't be jumping to get the rest of his books. While Chris Kyle may have been a badass Navy SEAL sniper, he is not a badass writer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 02-16-15
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    112
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ho hum.."

    I feel like a traitor for not liking this book especially being a soldier, but golly this book was boring. Knowing the "true" end to Chris Kyle's story, it seems terrible to say this, but no one can ever say he was an intellectual giant.

    I tried. I truly tried, but compared to Karl Marlantes' books, this was just not a good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deep Reader 02-02-15
    Deep Reader 02-02-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1453
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    419
    349
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    150
    71
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Celebrating a murderer"

    There's a thin line between hero and villain, and the subject of this book crosses that line in my opinion. Yet, this book glorifies his twisted views of war and murdering people he considers "inferior".

    An embarrassment for all of humanity. I disliked this book and its author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert L. Margolis 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    153
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A genuine hero!"

    A very interesting man. His commitment to Country is admirable. His wife deserves a lot of credit for her support too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lora 01-25-15
    Lora 01-25-15 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So well written. I'm not a fan of war,"

    I'm not a fan of war. But this was so well written. I learned a lot about being a sniper. I am Patriotic. I appreciate the honesty and humbleness of Chris. God Bless all Soldiers and their families.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pita Miami 01-21-15
    Pita Miami 01-21-15 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

    HELPFUL VOTES
    306
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    198
    79
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Genuine but not the best war story out there"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    I listened to this book in preparation for the movie. It is a first person account of an American young man's war experience. It is not particularly well written although there is enough exciting material to put together a far more interesting book. The narrative does not flow.The authors who helped this young man write down his experiences did not do him any favors and I would certainly not read anything else by them.


    Would you recommend American Sniper to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not particularly recommend this book because it is poorly written. The story line is choppy and the characters lack dimension.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    The narrator did not particularly bother me. I hope the twang he affected is true to the "hero's" accent. I think listening to this book might have been better than reading it.


    Do you think American Sniper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It may be interesting to read about the sniper's short life after his experience in the SEALS. I understand he was murdered while trying to help another vet with PTSD. Should there be a second book, I hope other authors are engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a war story told from the point of view of one very young man with a gift as a marksman. It is not particularly philosophical but it could have been much better written; as it is, it does not even manage to entertain. Let's see if the script writers can make this the action packed film it could be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 04-05-12
    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm Corey I'm a student at NYU studying international relations. If you ever wanna talk about books facebook me Gunslingermoore@gmail

    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It was interesting"

    The novel was interesting, however there are much better works out there that pretty much cover the same material. Other than the Mr. kyle's kill count there is nothing really remarkable about this novel. The funny thing is you get the sense that the writing is shallow almost like he used a ghost writer.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.