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Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  905 ratings  ·  124 reviews
This heartfelt Audible Original, narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, follows three military veterans as they reclaim their most painful memories and turn them into comedy. Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth left combat zones to challenge themselves in a stand-up comedy boot camp. As they learn to transform their raw emotions i ...more
Audiobook, 120 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Audible
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Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy
by Audible Original, Mary-Louise Parker
This is a very interesting, heartwarming (and heartbreaking in spots), and sprinkled with humor audible book about a handful of veterans coming home with issues and turning to comedy for therapy. I found it very touching and too short...I wanted more! I enjoyed it and glad they found some peace and a way to cope. Strongly recommend.
Erin
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Audiobook narrated by Mary -Louise Parker 1h 16m 11 secs

An Audible selection for the Month of November, this is a frontline look at a comedy bootcamp that provides men and women who have served in military operations an outlet to heal through laughter. More performance and interviews than literary, these short clips were more powerful and compelling than any 800 page epic could be . Viewers that enjoyed the series, M*A*S*H will no doubt be intrigued.
Corinna
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible-listens
I loved this Audible listen for the attention it brought to PTSD and the brave men and women who fought for our country. Military mental health is near and dear to my heart as a psychiatric nurse. Some of the stand-up clips made me laugh out loud, and the interviews pulled no punches.

But I have beef with a particular aspect of this special. I may be about to lose friends over this. Bear with me.

They tried TOO hard to get the diversity factor to the point it was embarrassing and cringey listenin
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Susan Kennedy
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a heartfelt look into lives of some of our men and women veteran's who struggle from various mental illnesses after returning to civilian life and how they use comedy to try and heal. It was honest and raw and I enjoyed hearing their stories and getting to know them a bit and how life is. It was nice to hear them healing and using their own stories and struggles to do it. Laughing at themselves and making others laugh with them to heal; what can be better than that?

It wasn't bad. I was
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Chris
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-owned
So after my last couple of audiobooks didn't go so well, I wondered if it was me. I couldn't concentrate, couldn't focus. Couldn't give a rat's ass about the story I was ignoring.

This was just what I needed. It was short, so it wasn't intimidating at all. But it was long enough to show that I do have focus and an attention span if I'm interested in the subject.

As a veteran, I appreciate the efforts made to help these vets treat their depression and PTSD and anxiety through comedy. I cracked up s
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Kenneth Geary
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
My score is based off it as a literally work, HOWEVER...

This is an awesome commercial for the Armed Services Arts Program or ASAP (Ironically and maybe purposefully the same acronym the military uses for a substance abuse program). The program sounds like an amazing thing for veterans and being a Vet myself and it being in my own backyard I'll probably look more into it , not to perform but support of it.
Cheri
As a big fan of stand-up comedy, a USMC vet, and someone who deals with mental health issues, there wasn't much in this production I couldn't relate to. I was engrossed in each person's story and Mary-Louse Parker did a fantastic job bringing it all together.

**Second listen with my USMC vet wife. She enjoyed it.
Elyse
10 stars. I wish this were longer. Amazing book. A great way of turning sorrow and pain and frustration into laughter. I loved it.
Vincent Stoessel
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Really good stuff here. heartfelt and funny.
Carole
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My friends served in Viet Nam, I recently read The Great Alone, and last year saw Served Like A Girl, a documentary about women veterans competing in a beauty contest. If you haven't seen this film, check out: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/fi... Served Like A Girl, a powerful look at a group of female veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. These veterans are struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious il ...more
LindaJ^
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, humor, non-fiction
This was an Audible Original that I selected as one of my freebies in November. It tells how standup comedy is being used to help veterans, especially those with disabilities, transition to live amongst those of us who have not been in the military or not served in combat zones. The veterans learn to talk about what they have gone through (in the field and back at home) in comedy routines. Some of the best comedy comes from personal experience and making jokes about oneself. The veterans on this ...more
Nicholas Driscoll
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very short, but really quite interesting look into how soldiers suffering from ptsd turn to stand up comedy as a means of dealing with their problems. Rather inspiring and touching, and pretty slickly produced. I enjoyed it.
Debbie
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting documentary on how comedy is used to help many veterans deal with their pain.

I could relate when I recognized the way my own father, a retired career soldier, uses humor to deflect his pain.
Emily
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great look into what veterans go through. It's a beautiful look at how they are able to break through their own struggles with PTSD. I will admit that I did cry at a few moments, not because I was sad for them, but because it showed that there is strength in laughter.
Paul Shan
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm hard pressed to think of what to say about this particular Audible Original. The stories that these fellow vets share about their service, their issues with reintegration, and how stand up is helping them cope are particularly moving. A worthwhile listen for any vet of any conflict.
Donna
Just finished the audible original book “STRONG ENDING: FROM COMBAT TO COMEDY” narrated by MARY-LOUISE PARKER. This heartfelt Audible Original, narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, follows three military veterans as they reclaim their most painful memories and turn them into comedy. Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth left combat zones to challenge themselves in a stand-up comedy boot camp. As they learn to transform their raw emotions into cathartic ...more
Kelly Eaton
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a simple read that plays like a podcast. That it's only 1:16 makes it a minimal commitment and the content certainly makes it worth your while, especially if you or anyone you know has ever served in the military. The focus is primarily upon sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a heavy topic to be sure, but the narrative is filled with levity and inspiration as we follow a number of veterans in their coping mechanism: stand-up comedy. The jokes themselves speak volumes and ...more
Catherine Puma
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
At just under 1 hour and 20 min, the Audible Original "Strong Ending: A Journey from Combat to Comedy" was a nice short listen to enjoy on this Veterans Day week in support of our troops-in-training, deployed troops, reserve officers, special forces, retired veterans, and fallen heroes. This is a light hearted and insightful look into the importance of comedy as a distraction, coping mechanism, emotional outlet, and hobby. While this discussion centers around the popular free stand up comedy cou ...more
Jeff
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about PTSD, but I have panic attacks and anxiety. That's really besides the point, because I am going to come at this one like I know nothing (which is closer to the truth). It made me have joy in my heart that these Veterans, victims of injuries, PTSD, and other things, have found a true light in being able to share his/her experiences on the mic in front of people and get a laugh.

Mary-Louise Parker did a fabulous job narrating, Maria Bamford is an incredible comic, so I'm al
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Cmoore
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I surprised myself when I found that I really enjoyed this story while I listened to it. The tale follows three military vets as they try a novel approach at helping them deal with PTSD... by making jokes about it! Standing up on stage in front of a live audience, while exposing their rawest feelings in order to make people laugh, and it works! It works by putting what happened to them in a completely different perspective.
Mary-Louise Parker did a fantastic job of balancing narrative and interv
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Toni
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook-read
Powerful Talented Strong Dialogue = PTSD

Incredible. Laughter is a response to absurd violations to our “norms” or what is truthful and real. Comedy comes out of trauma and anger – some of my favorite are military comedies; Forrest Gump, Hogan Hero’s, Private Benjamin, Stripes, Major Payne, etc… it amazes me because I don’t think I realized that a link of my interest of comedy about war. I found it staggering and spectacular that one of my all-time favorites, the US show M*A*S*H (Korean war drame
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Betsy
Strong Ending is about veterans using stand-up comedy to work through PTSD and other disabilities resulting from combat. Most of the book discusses the program and includes interviews with participants. Oddly, it included only a few snippets of the veterans' comedy. The explanations of why the program was helpful were pretty simple and repetitive, and I found myself getting annoyed when they cut those snippets short. I think the book would have been far more powerful if it has been a compilation ...more
Di Richardson
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another really short quick book from Audible Originals. This one, narrated by Mary-Louise Parker is definitely worth a listen. It goes behind the scenes at a program called Armed Services Arts Program (ASAP), a nonprofit run program in Washington DC that offers various classes for returning veterans, many suffering from mental health issues such as depression and PTSD. This book focuses on a comedy bootcamp, and talks to a handful of vets that are learning to take their pain and the absurdity of ...more
Carolyn
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
At only one hour and fifteen minutes, this wonderful audio book was a delight to listen to. Mary Louise Parker is a favorite of mine: sassy, sarcastic, deadpan. She narrates this book with ease and compassion. The stories of combat soldiers returning home with PTSD and learning stand up comedy as a way to find humor in the midst of pain is a journey of strength, perseverance, and triumph. There is power in telling our stories and power in admitting weakness and being able to make fun of ourselve ...more
Rick Verde
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This audible original centers around veterans who are using comedy to cope with their PTSD. I listened to this Audible Original because I found the concept to be intriguing. And it was. You find yourself rooting for these veterans. I won't lie, the jokes, for the most part, don't land, but you're not listening to this as a comedy album, it's more of a documentary. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do on the combat field, and then to go on stage and share with the world their lives. Bravo ...more
Julie
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a peek into a very small and special group of vets who found laughter and making others laugh a way of healing in the aftermath of their service. My rating is about the format where it jumped around from person to person causing some confusion as to which one of the previously introduced men (not women... those were distinct) were now talking. I appreciate so much that these particular vets shared their story on how they were able to get the help through comedy after experiencing militar ...more
Justin Sylvia
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Service people & comedy. One might notl necessairly think that the two go together, but as they chronicle in this book, there is a chance for veterans to take a "Comedy Boot Camp" in order to better deal / live with symptoms of PTSD & the like. All though it may not have covered the full history of this program, it did give you 3 good examples of people who proudly served & felt like this Boot Camp helped them. So, do yourself a favor... Thank a Vet, you never know what they sacrific ...more
Ellen
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't think I would have picked this book up if it hadn't been free under Audible Originals, but I've always been interested in stand-up comedy and the work that goes into creating a set that will make people laugh. The idea of veterans using stand-up comedy to face the challenges of post-combat life was interesting and the science behind humor appealed to me as well. There was some language throughout, but I liked several of the jokes anyway.
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