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American Sniper

The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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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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excellent

I thought when I watched the movie that it covered all the aspects about Chris Kyle that I needed to know I was very mistaken and enjoyed every aspect of this book

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Great and well worth the listen

I enjoyed it and it was very insightful added along to the movie. it was well worth it

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Great Read

The telling of the story is so much more in depth than the movie. However the movie covers more of the PTSD he suffered.

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Loved it. Amazing inspirational story.

A well told and inspiring story ranging from Chris Kyle’s youth to his retirement from the military. You won’t want to stop listening to it. Intense operational stories from both door to door combat and of course his famed sniper kills. Great narration too.

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Awesome

True, honest, amazing! Great book. Rip Chris! True legend and hero. Inspiring! Thank you to the military for your service!

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  • NN
  • 2018-05-17

Awesome

Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Polarizing figure but I'm not sure why. He did his job extremely well.

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What a book

I remember watching the movie trailer when a friend said it was based off a book. Took a while but finally got around to reading/ listening to it and what a read/ listen it was. Recommend it to everyone.

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A must-read!

When I decided to listen to this audiobook, I was not sure of what I would be exposed. Though, I'm impressed by Kyle's story as well as his perseverance to overcome all the struggles which he had to! Indeed, this was a story that not only inspires the readers but also shapes our mindset about a lot of stuff in real life! At least this was what has happened to me. A must-read, for sure!

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Insightful

I left with a different look at war and the people in it. The movie was nothing like this book, definitely worth a read. One thing I took from it was the attitude of this man, It reminded me of when I was a Firefighter, your worst fear is missing a good one and not being there with your buddies.. not the job itself,, Fire calls aren't actually trying to kill you though, just a bad situation that needs to be resolved... The mindset to go to war and be happy about it and be bored when not engaging is something I hadn't considered. There were parts of this book that were great and parts that kinda made me question things like their empathy when (shooting fish in a bucket). *You'll know once you read it what I'm talking about.. I guess being in that mindset is completely different than what we're used to.. Great read

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for all men

this is a story I think all young men should listen to or read. not that I think all young men should join the Army to go to war, but I think all men should be ready to fight for what is wright, fight for their country, and their families. not only that I think that Chris is stories about being a father as well as a soldier are very inspiring, and all men could and should take inspiration from him.

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  • K9NSP
  • 2017-10-21

It's been censored by the publisher

Look, I love this book. I love Chris Kyle. But his publisher, in what can only be described as a complete chicken-shit move, and some bullshit censorship, removed the sub-chapter about Jessa Venture that resulted in the Kyle family being sued. This is not the book that Chris wrote!

Other than it being incomplete, it's a fantastic read. And it's absolutely nothing like the movie by the same name. If you enjoyed the movie, definitely read the book. You'll come to appreciate Chris Kyle in a new light. But that means rewarding the publisher for censorship. And that pisses me off. But it's too late now, they've already absconded with my money.

I can't reward this incomplete work with a 5th star. But it would be 5 stars if it hadn't been censored.

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  • f_rele
  • 2015-05-09

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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  • Bruce
  • 2015-07-07

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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  • 2015-10-31

story kept my attention

interesting and honest story. disappointed that the author never developed more cultural sensitivity, but that's his honest perspective.

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  • T. Edwards
  • 2012-01-09

Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down

I am a married Mother of 1 Son and 2 Step-sons. I have never served in the military and honestly do not have any close ties to the Military, other than my Father who served in Korea and a cousin who was killed in Vietnam during the TET offensive. Though I would prefer the world was all Love and Light with no war ever; that is just not how it is. I have strong feelings about the war on both sides of the issue, I respect others thoughts and opinions as their own; but no matter what I respect and support the courage, strength and patriotism of each and every member of our Military. I begin this review this way so that you can see I am a regular Jane.

This book is written from Chris Kyle a Navy SEal's perspective. It is about his life growing up in Odessa Texas and follows him through his life as a Navy SEal, from BUDS training to the war in Iraq and life during and after from his POV. If you are looking for fluff, BS and watered down opinions this book is not for you. Chris tells it like he saw it good, bad or indifferent from his POV. During the reading of this book I cringed, I smiled, I chuckled, I felt uneasy and a bit queasy, I cried and felt sad, but I was completely engaged the entire time. At no point did I feel lost or feel like I did not understand something. (Keeping in mind I am just a regular Jane); Chris explains acronyms, procedures and operations as the story moves along and talks in plain "Texan". Peppered throughout the book, Taya, Chris' wife gives us a heartfelt view of life with Chris. My heart could only bleed for her, Thank you Taya and "God Bless" you for all that you sacrificed for your country. And Chris for the record though you say (several times I might add) throughout the book that you do not consider yourself a "Bad Ass".........Uh Chris, you were a FEARLESS BAD ASS, period end of subject.

I am glad I decided to read this book; as honesty goes, Chris does not pull any punches and truly seems sincere in all his accounts of how things went down. I am not by nature one to believe everything I read and use quite of a bit of discernment as a rule, but at no point did I feel that anything but the truth as Chris saw it went from pen to paper.

Thank you Chris and every single person at home or deployed who Stand and Protect our great country. And thank you to all the Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children who sacrifice so those brave men and woman can do just that.

This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a firsthand account of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endure on a daily basis.

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  • Earth Angel
  • 2015-03-18

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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  • Brian
  • 2015-02-09

An emotional and riveting biography.

Breaking down the wall and mystique behind the lives of America's warriors. The book brings you into the life of a warrior and patriot, not just on the side of combat, but the raw emotional side of his and his wife's life throughout multiple deployments. Emotional, personal, and revealing. RIP Chris Kyle.

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  • Frank Estrada
  • 2012-01-26

A must read for Active Duty, Veterans, and family

This book is a riot, Chris Kyle... I salute you. I am 82 ABN veteran, and this book sums up all the emotions that somehow Veterand cant figure out how to explain to anyone, even ourselves. This book made me laugh made me smile and made me understand, it also made me Proud to be an Amreican, something the Author would be proud to know. It also made me very proud to have worn the Uniform with pride and respect.

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  • William
  • 2012-01-20

Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud

This book is a fascinating account of someone that lived a horrifying scenario without blinking. A Navy Seal, a man, a dad, a patriot, and a Christian which laid his life on the line for his fellow fighting forces, and in his belief his country, all to prevent evil from succeeding. Say what you want to about agreeing with the man, but call him a true man and a hero in the process. He is non-political. He is just a man that answered a call to duty from his country, and was extremely lethal at the task given. This single minded soul, concentrated on the task at hand and accomplished what we asked of him.
If you are looking for a book that questions patriotism, the reasons the USA went to war, move on to another book. However, if you want a glimpse in to a well trained mind that had a little fun along the way, and a few hardships, then this is a great book for you.

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  • D. Fullerton
  • 2012-01-16

Bad Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version? Nope Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances? No Any additional comments? Ok, this will probably do no good since this is so prevalent in audiobooks but just because your main character is from Texas; that does not mean you need to perform a bad imitation of Will Ferrell doing a bad imitation of George W. Bush. As a native Texan, the narrator's accent was just so irritating.

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  • Dejean Nicolas
  • 2018-09-16

Langage

Attention lecture intégrale en anglais. Une précision s’impose pour éviter de gaspiller ses crédits. Dommage

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