American Sniper

American Sniper

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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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The astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, whose record 150 confirmed kills make him the most deadly sniper in U.S. military history.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 sound file (10 hr. 21 min.) : digital

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MrPlatypus
Mar 11, 2020

It's hard to imagine a more unsympathetic person than Chris Kyle... I was really annoyed and often time quite shocked about the statements he was making throughout this book. It seems like that he just loved killing people and generally only cared about himself and what he wanted. If somebody disagreed with him - that was an a...hole. If he did something that maybe wasn't a very good thing - oh well, he's a SEAL, he can do it, because he's above everybody else... His general selfishness and ego-centered, war loving, 'savage'-killing aggressive attitude really ruined the whole book. I wanted to learn more about SEALS and war - but I mainly learnt about his very twisted personality. He has one positive side showing through this book: he seems very honest about just liking to kill other people (as long as Americans don't get hurt)... I guess for somebody like him going to war is still a better option than being let loose in society... A really disappointing book. Maybe it would be a better read for psychologists for a case study than for somebody who wants to learn about the war and SEALS...

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Shuken_1989
Jun 26, 2019

This audiobook had me hooked from page one. Chris Kyle's work "American Sniper" gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a Navy SEAL sniper from the day he leaves BUDS training to the final days of service with the Navy. Kyle pulls no punches either in this book, detailing operations and kills that he made over the course of his career. Kyle also has a tendency to occasionally wax poetic about the meaning of war, giving the reader (or in this case listener) a more in-depth view of his process and personal philosophies. The book also details some of Kyle's stints between deployments returning home to his wife Taya, who gives a candid look at the struggles the intense deployments and training schedule the Navy SEALs had imposed on Kyle.

The reader, John Pruden, does a superb job of modulating his voice to fit different characters. I find that his gravitas (this isn't the first book on tape I've listened to that he's narrated) and ability to inject inflection into his readings really helps capture the atmosphere of the text.

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YARNER
Jun 15, 2015

A very interesting look at a Seal sniper in our armed forces. The heavy toll such a life can take on his family life, the strong bonds he makes with his fellow service men, plus the many horrors of war.
A lot of bad language seems to fit the conversational way the book is written .
The reader did a very good job of sounding like a Texan.

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michellewahl
May 15, 2015

I'm having the same issue.

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jen6238
Jan 24, 2015

a true american hero. America needs more people like this who understand honor and humility. one real problem in this culture is a lack of shame and a lack of pride

19coco55 Sep 04, 2014

his mother should be sooo! proud.
another serial killer glorified.

bluietoe Sep 04, 2014

I really enjoyed this book and have given it to my husband to listen on audiobook. Its sad to know how his life ended for all that he did for his fellow military as well as for our country! He now has me hooked and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to more accounts from military men on what they experienced over in Iraq.

bnotash70 Jun 16, 2013

This guy has had the most confirmed kills (witnessed and verified by another team member)as a sniper in Iraq during the war. He describes how he followed the rules of engagement with each one, except for the little boy who was sent to pick up an unused roadside bomb. The guy who was placing it when the author actually did kill him, was dead, and when they sent out a boy to retrieve it, he didn't kill the kid, hoping to get the adult who had sent him, He described how he would go up into a tall house and watch for armed men who were insurgents, before killing them, making sure they were placing IED's or doing other types of terrorist activity. The author loved his work.

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Mobama68
Feb 13, 2013

Good Book. Rest in peace Chief Chris Kyle.

krisincleveland Dec 21, 2012

I truly enjoyed this book.

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