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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Scott McEwen, Chris Kyle

Narrated By: John Pruden

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: January 2012

Duration: 10 hours 21 minutes


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.


  • Andrew F.

    I read books like this for one reason; perspective. I've never been to war or served my country in that regard. I lack the perspective of the brave warriors who risk their lives for our country. Chris Kyle's story is priceless, forcing us all to take a closer look at the freedom we so often take for granted. Evil is out there, it pulls at the fabric of our country, and if we are not careful, it will devour us. We are so blessed to have the brave and the strong who stand in the gap on our behalf. My prayers go out for Chris, his family, his brothers in arms, and the service men and women who fought (and still fight) to keep us safe. God bless you all!

  • Pj Y

    I'm inspired by this man and his strength of integrity and character

  • Michael D

    Narrator did not sound authentic and his cadence was too slow. Listen at 1.25 speed did helped.

  • brian m

    I saw the movie but listening to the audio book was much more rewarding for me. The patriotism and dedication he showed for his great country is extremely admirable and makes me personally proud to be an American

  • Harry H

    Great Book! Cleared up some discrepancies from the movie

  • Elizabeth F

    Great story!! I couldn't stop listening. My oldest son wants to hear it next.

  • Joseph Fahry

    Chris Kyle defines what it means to be a hero and how every American should feel about this nation.

  • Paul Woodhams

    I really enjoyed this book. Mostly fast paced and interesting. Just a few little long drawn out patches. Overall very good. What a man. What a story!

  • phillip baker

    Great story Great narrator loved it and couldn't put my phone and headphones down.

  • Corey Fidler

    Great story of an American hero, his passing was such a tragedy.