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American Sniper

The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Lu par : John Pruden
Durée : 10 h et 18 min
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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 Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles 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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Langage

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

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  • K9NSP
  • 21/10/2017

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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  • T. Edwards
  • 09/01/2012

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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  • Brian
  • 09/02/2015

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
  • 26/01/2012

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
  • 20/01/2012

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
  • 16/01/2012

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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  • aaron
  • 16/01/2012

Raw, Real, and flows well

I've read most of the audible books on SEALS. This is the best by far. It doesn't go into too much detail on SEAL stuff, but gives you just enough to tell the story. And oh what a story it is! Chris has lived a VERY exciting life. He gives insight into the way a SEAL thinks, and even criticizes the leadership quite a bit. This book is good for the military man, as well as the civilian; pretty much anyone who has an interest in the SEALS as people....not so much their tactics.

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  • Stuart Williams
  • 28/02/2012

Good story but the narration killed it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Could not recommend

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

The Texas accent that the narrator adopted felt forced, wasn't that good and was unnecessary. After several hours of listening to words pronounced without the trailing letter G, I couldn't take it anymore. Messin and drivin and divin and shootin got old.

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  • Daverunsalot
  • 29/01/2015

A different world

Military people are not understood. Chris managed to give an insight to their world.

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  • Patrick
  • 24/05/2012

Not the best Seal book out there...

I found myself hurrying this book along towards the last few chapters. I've read some other books by Navy Seals out there, and this one is my least favorite. It wasn't boring, but nothing exactly stood out. I'd advise giving "Lone Survivor" a try first before listening to this book.

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  • Martin Schiffer
  • 06/07/2015

Gutes Buch, besser als der Film!

Unbedingt das Buch lesen/ hören, der Film kann da leider gar nicht mithalten! Die Person Chris Kyle wird im Buch viel besser beschrieben! (Was klar ist, er hat es ja selbst geschrieben)!!!

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  • Peter
  • 27/01/2015

Patriotisch, religiös, gewalttätig

Insgesamt ein sehr interessanter Einblick in die Einsätze in Afghanistan und Irak. Reichlich irritierend fand ich den überschwänglichen Patriotismus, die Religiosität und im gleichen Handlungsstrang die brutale und nicht reflektierte Gewalt.

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  • M. Soliman
  • 21/05/2019

Einige der Begriffe waren nicht übersetzt, was bed

Einige der Begriffe waren nicht oder nur wörtlich übersetzt, was an die Raumschiff Enterprise /Stargate Übersetzungen erinnert. Effektiv muß man die Bedeutungen der Fachbegriffe dann nachschlagen, auch wenn es deutsche Begriffe hierfür gibt. Dann kann man auch gleich die englische Version kaufen. Zumindest bei Smallville und den Marvelkinofilmen kam ein besseres Büro zum Einsatz, das, z.B die Bemerkung "I am not Helen Keller" (eine berühmte amerikanische blinde Autorin) mit "Ich bin nicht blind" übersetzte, also den Sinn.

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  • theschndr
  • 17/08/2017

good performing speaker good insight

The story started with a statement, that was quite shocking and looked like some plain propaganda of a war junkie. Afterwards it showed you how he got there. It shows how your viewpoint changes once you are in action and need th fear for your life. Additionally it also shows that the training he recieved thought him to be aggressive to solve his problems and the problems he gets into because of it.
All in all worth listening to and worth having at least one side of the story of the war.

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  • RTI
  • 14/10/2016

Great inside view

One sided? Of course! Open and honest bare any political correctness which can be quite refreshing at times. In any case a well written, well read and good to listen to document of modern warfare and it's darker sides. Controversial indeed but nevertheless worthwhile.

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  • El Comandante
  • 30/12/2015

Tolles Hörbuch

Ich finde das Hörbuch sehr gelungen, die Handlung ist dramatisch und mitreißend. Im Englischen ist das Buch ungekürzt und zeichnet viel mehr Charakterzüge des Protagonisten als die deutsche Version.

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  • Andrea Fogel
  • 01/07/2015

Disturbing

As a European I am unsure whether the contents of the book, the accolades it received or the general glorification of violence is most nauseating. This insight into American culture has been repulsive.












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  • BenniSt
  • 18/08/2015

Boring

If you want an detailed description, which weapons are used and how many rounds they can hold, then this is your book. otherwise, this book is soooo boring, about a guy with a twisted world view. For him, there are good guys and bad guys, thats how children think.

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