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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice

Narrated By: Taya Kyle

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: May 2015

Duration: 9 hours 54 minutes


The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend
In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole, finally.
Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.
Chris and Taya’s remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris’s bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book’s emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after his shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.
And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children now are embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.
American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year -- a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.


  • Nicole T

    Amazing insight into the tragic murder of Chris Kyle. Taya shows remarkable strength as she recounts the life before, the hours after, and how she has moved through her grief. Powerful book.

  • Paul Houghton

    half of the book is basically Sniper, however the last half with interesting Fillmore Rite Aid in the funeral and what went on in her life after he died

  • Laura Morris

    Great book! Tragic story but good to hear it from her perspective and how she coped with these difficult situations. Very helpful to hear her story especially for spouses who have loved ones who deploy often. Inspirational and hope to hear more books from her.

  • Jennifer Midyette

    This was fantastic.. I felt her pain and it was very well presented each chapter was wonderfully written.

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by Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice

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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal, Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice