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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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  • cjwake
  • Antioch, CA United States
  • 08-29-17

Great Man, Poorly written/performed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Military personnel and their families will better identify with the emotional aspect of this story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's disjointed and feels more like a series of short stories. It also feels as though he held back some of his true beliefs. We're told about where he was but there is little in the way of understanding the importance of these missions. He went to bad areas and killed bad guys, I get it. There should have been more detail. Also,this book should have an expanded edition that discusses how he was killed.

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

Sounded fake throughout. Probably a tough assignment for any performer but it was not possible for me to feel the strength of Chris Kyle through Mr. Pruden.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Sniper?

All input from his wife. Yes she's important but I was looking for insight about the war and what made Chris Kyle the "most lethal sniper."

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RIP Chris Kyle

Loved the whole book, and certainly worth buying. Anything to support Chris's family. I highly recommend this book if you liked The Lone Survivor.

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Great story, ridiculous narration.

Headline says it all. Great story. Ridiculous narrator. But, then again, so are most others.

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Great Read!!

This book is amazing. Chris is truly an American Hero! This book makes you realize how lucky you are to be an American.

You realize the amount of not only physical but mental and emotional torture an American Soldier goes through. Not only him/her but their family as well.

Not much of a reader, but glad I bought the audio of this. Narrator does a great job telling Chris's story as well.

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This is Tedius

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It drags on and on.<br/>If this is how SF works ..... Im concerned

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

Not

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Uhhhh,,,,,listen and figure it out

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very personal and inspiring

great book. you feel his excitement, his nervousness and his fear. You become emerged in his world, in his life of ups and downs. I really enjoyed his wife getting to have her personal thoughts and struggles entered into this book. Both are incredibly strong and beautiful people.

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Loved it

Narrator was solid. Story was very interesting. Not that this was a long book by any means, but I flew through it. I wish I could've met Chris Kyle; seems like he was a great fun guy. Not to mention a total bad a**. If you have any interest in Navy Seals, snipers, or just getting to sort of know one of our most famous soldiers, this book is for you.

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amazing story!

I watched the movie like everyone else how ever it didn't do justice. This was an amazing listen. More in-depth.

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Fabulous book and narration!

I couldn't wait to get back into my car to hear more Chris's story. It's a heart warming story of one of Americans heroes and what he went through to serve his country. I highly recommend it.

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oo Rah!

RIP Chris Kyle, my Dad and are probably the greatest men, Father's and well adjusted Warriors. Much love and thanks