American Sniper

American Sniper

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

Large Print - 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, N.Y. :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2012]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062107060
Branch Call Number: LT 956.7044342 K993K
Characteristics: viii, 502 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: McEwen, Scott
DeFelice, Jim 1956-


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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...

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.

Jun 12, 2019

Excellent book, unfortunately Chris Kyle and his friend named Chad Littlefield were murdered after the book came out by a former U.S. Marine they were trying to help cope with his ptst in 2013. Chris was only 38 at the time of his death.

Apr 17, 2018

An amazing glimpse into the life of a dedicated American. An American soldier who put his life and the lives of his family on hold to do a job that few people in this country are willing or able to do. His abilities saved untold numbers of our soldiers in a deadly environment. We all should be proud of him and ones like him that worked so hard to keep us free and safe in the USA. Great book.

Nov 02, 2017

The book is a mixture of excitement, adventure and fear. I really enjoyed the book and I've read it several times. Chris Kyle is indeed one of my favorite snipers after Rob Furlong. This book pretty much motivated me to work out more and gave me the courage to be a better person

Sep 20, 2017

Interesting read and pretty easy for someone with zero military knowledge.

Mar 24, 2017

this is a pretty nice book. but the is a bit of swearing in the book. probably not for children from 1 to 5 or 4. this book shows what Navy Seals do but I wanted to know how he died not what the date is and this book wasn't the best book about Navy seals but I don't know about you guys but I would put it on the top 3 best sniper books and/or the best war books.

Feb 13, 2017

This is an amazing book and a great insights into the harsh realities of war and the effects it has on those who serve and protect our country. I would recommend this book to not only those interested in the military and worldwide conflicts, but for anyone else that is interested in current events happening around the world. I love how the book really gives you an insight into the lives of those who protect and how their lives outside of the military is effected. Great read, everyone should give this book a try!

Jul 17, 2016

American Sniper may not have been the most capturing book I've read, but has a really different way of looking at war. This book takes you to the perspective of America's greatest sniper. I don't tend to read autobiographies but I decided to read this book anyway, and it was a good choice. For young readers, it is complex, and you need to be focused when reading if you want to understand it. There are a lot of military terms that you may not be familiar with. Although I am 12, I would recommend this book to people older than 13. This book has realistic action and adventure, but beware, it can be graphic, and there is some mature language involved.

May 31, 2016

I started reading this book as part of "The Big Read." I must confess I couldn't get into it. But once I'd read a little it got quite gripping. The book is not all about one man killing tens of hundreds of enemy soldiers. On the contrary the most telling comment that Chris Kyle makes in the book is "It's not about the people you saved that you remember; it's the ones you couldn't save." We who are blase about war and sit on our couches and discuss the merits and demerits of an encounter ought to read this book which tells it from the frontlines.

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Feb 04, 2015

Coarse Language: This book is a great story but is full of very coarse language, which ruins a lot of it for me.


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Nov 02, 2017

Despite what your momma told you, Violence does solve problems.


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