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American Sniper Unabridged Cd: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Audio CD – Audiobook, Apr 4 2012


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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Unabridged edition (April 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062209493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062209498
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.3 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. 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.

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine. Today, he is president of Craft International, a worldclass leader in training and security. He lives with his family in Texas, where he devotes much of his spare time to helping disabled veterans.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
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Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, making 160 confirmed kills of enemy soldiers and insurgents. In this biography, Kyle begins by describing his early life, his decision to join the Navy, and the courtship of his wife, Taya. The narrative then alternates between Kyle's military experiences and his home life with Taya and their children.

Kyle's descriptions of training and camaraderie in his Navy SEAL unit are similar to those from other military biographies. The training is hard, the participants are tough, and the officers in the "head shed" have them do some stupid things. The deployment sections of the book describe battle with Iraqi insurgents and the tactics that do and don't work against them. Kyle gives names when praising heroic actions of his fellow soldiers and uses unflattering labels when describing those for whom he has less respect. Don't miss what he says about "Runaway." Kyle comes across as a true solder--capable, patriotic, loyal to his comrades, and ferocious to his enemies. The enemies include opponents in bar fights as well as the Iraqis. We remember more than once that soldiers are very young as well as very brave.

The domestic segments of the book are less exciting, but have a depth not found in the combat stories. Kyle has trouble transitioning to his stateside life. And his wife has trouble understanding the war he leaves behind--and feels he must return to. His personal code of loyalty to "God, country, family" in that order is only a little different from Taya's. Why can't he move his family up to second place? We watch them go through the same growth struggles that all couples experience along with the unique challenges imposed by wartime military service.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hostile on March 13 2013
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Chris describes the American soldiers very well, gives praise and credit to his fellow Marines, SEAL's and Army soldiers before even thinking about himself. His detail about his action and contribution for his country is outstanding. We have lost an American Hero, but the legend lives on. May Chris and God watch proudly over his family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By REMO CIGAGNA on March 27 2013
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I listened to the audio three times. I desperately tried (unsuccessfully) to contact Kathryn Bigelow to see if she purchased the rights to the book so I can look forward to her movie version. Chris Kyle is over the top riveting in recounting his story. We'll miss him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By puffalophagus on May 14 2013
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Good read. Very interesting experiences an accounts of his time in Iraq. Thank you to you and your brothers for all the sacrifices made for the western world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clayton on Sept. 12 2013
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Chris tells his story without sugar coating. His story is not written to be political correct or to impress anyone. This book was a great read
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Feder on Nov. 22 2014
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This is a book about life as a Navy Seal fighting in the Middle East. But don't look for depth or for even much reporting on what it's really like to do that for months, or even years as the author did. That information's not here. No one's looking for the author to divulge classified material. But there is literally no sense here of what Kyle went through and how it affected him personally. That doesn't leave the reader with much to absorb.

Don't look here for any thoughts on why the U.S. is in the Middle East in the first place. The author states that's not his job. Unfortunately there's also no thoughts on the cost of these wars- financial and emotional, the sheer drain on the country and the economy- or on how paying for battle will affect his kids' lives and his kids' kids' futures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snider on Jan. 3 2015
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I found myself emerged in the battle scenes one minute and then tearing up or angry at the situation the next. Absolutely fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freddi.d on Oct. 28 2013
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Loved the conversational nature and the honest tone. So sorry that Chris is no longer with us. A true hero.
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