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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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    Alfred Perth Australia 12-04-14
    Alfred Perth Australia 12-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "American Texan!"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?

    Om my gosh NO not anything relating to Chris Kyle.
    Narrated by John Pruden - Yes he made the book worth finishing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    No No No! Chris is from Texas where everything is always bigger better faster. Pity I cannot give away spoilers and Prove this guy is a glory seeker in the best form. He did mention in the book about the gun imprinted on his sights - so true.


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

    John knew where the story had to go and he took it there with a very solid performance. I am going to find a good book he narrated to fully enjoy his work.


    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    Chris Kyle. He is just not worth reading about. I read an article about the book and the glory he claimed, they advised against reading the book but stubborn me had to read it. Proven in the story it was all a numbers game.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really disappointed and expected a true Hero not gloating. I have read less fiction in Red Country.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-31-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-31-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "The story of sniper Chris Kyle"

    I listened to American Sniper 4 years ago and have since seen the movie. Kyle was since killed and his estate sued by a clown. The judgement was large and in favor of the clown, but the case has gone in favor of the Kyle's family in appellate court. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Sydney, Australia 03-19-15
    David Sydney, Australia 03-19-15
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    "extremely autobiographical"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not recommended for anyone. The boasting, the ego, I, I, I and the short and meaningless chapters.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This isn't a story worth publishing


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is good, so good and makes me hate this book so much because he brought out what the author and the subject is like for real (probably)


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    2 chapters dedicated to a rifle, bloody rifle. What a bore.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mariusz 03-24-12
    Mariusz 03-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out."

    If you're looking for a book about a sniper in the american army then this is it. Now, if you want a book that would show you the war in Iraq in a wider range of aspects, through the eyes and thoughts of an american soldier, then this is absolutely, positively not it.
    The other words... I killed the bad guys, man. And this is how I did it.

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    Ryan Evans 05-24-17
    Ryan Evans 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Why fake an accent?"

    I love the book but the narrator is awful. He fakes a southern accent that is horrible.

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    Michael Wesley 05-23-17
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    "loved it"

    I loved to learn some more about Navy SEALs. An informational, adventerous, action packed book.

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    Chris 05-11-17
    Chris 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A True American Hero"
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    Action Excitement Educational


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    Lone Survivor and No Easy Day. These stories give great insight into the life stories of these American Heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. Neither was disappointing. I have no idea what the life of a military person is like and this is one story that gives me an insight into all aspects of their life.

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    "Beyond Words"

    I can't believe it took me so long to listen to this book. It has reminded me of why I joined the service to begin with. Chris Kyle was a true American hero who will never be forgotten.

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    Bart J. Brockbank 05-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    It was so good it got me a good insight on the seals and the navy and the way they work

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    Sean Campbell 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Great story from an American war hero. Only reason I didn't give 5 starts all the way across was the way Taya's voice is read. Definitely worth a listen.

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