Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy

Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy

Audible Originals / Dec 11, 2019

Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy 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 come

  • Title: Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy
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  • 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 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 experiences, they face the daunting challenge of trying to make an audience laugh with jokes about war, trauma, and mental health This audio documentary details their move from military service to sharing their searing honesty and gritty strength while performing in front of packed crowds.Strong Ending also features insight from professional comedians Rob Riggle The Daily Show, The Hangover and Maria Bamford Lady Dynamite, Arrested Development as it explores the science behind the healing power of comedy and the role of military comedies in popular culture A perfect mix of wit and warmth, this is an inspiring and honest listen that unearths the anxieties of readjusting to civilian life and the powerful potential of finding light in the dark Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for Audiobook, 120 pages Published November 1st 2018 by Audible More Details Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedy, please sign up

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performance and interviews than literary, these short clips were powerful and compelling than any 800 page epic could be Viewers that enjoyed the series, M A S H will no doubt be intrigued flag 26 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Susan Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves autobiography biography memoir 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 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 wasn t a fan of the language in some of it, but it was almost expected so I wasn t surprised.I hate foul language People just use it and think it is nothing, but I feel there is so many other ways to communicate that aren t crude With that said, it didn t take away from the journey and it was well worth listening to flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Chris 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 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 several times, and I could hear how therapeutic it was for the vets sharing their experiences I never went through any combat situations during my time in the Air Force, but I have always had a spot in my heart for those that have flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Kenneth Geary rated it liked it My score is based off it as a literally work, HOWEVERThis 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 into it , not to perform but support of it flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, audio, biography memoir, humor, military, non fiction 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Vincent Stoessel rated it it was amazing Shelves audible Really good stuff here heartfelt and funny flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Carole 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 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 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 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 illness, physical injuries, and military sexual abuse They find ways to adapt to the challenges they face through participation in the Ms Veteran America competition Thank you all for your service and thank you Mary Louise Parker for being part of this project flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 LindaJ 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 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 tape do great at standup comedy I m envious The program seems like a good one I m glad to have ended my audiobook year with this short listen flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Nicholas Driscoll 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 flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Nov 05, 2018 Kent Kirker rated it liked it Shelves 2018 reading, audiobooks, autumn ya challenge 2018, non fiction, owned and read 3.5 Stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Debbie 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Emily 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Paul Shan 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves audible book, humor, non fiction, owned books, war vietnam wwi wwii civil war 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 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 experiences, they face the daunting challenge of trying to make an audience laugh with jokes about war, trauma, and mental health This audio documentary details their move from military service to sharing their searing honesty and gritty strength while performing in front of packed crowds Strong Ending also features insight from professional comedians Rob Riggle The Daily Show, The Hangover and Maria Bamford Lady Dynamite, Arrested Development as it explores the science behind the healing power of comedy and the role of military comedies in popular culture A perfect mix of wit and warmth, this is an inspiring and honest listen that unearths the anxieties of readjusting to civilian life and the powerful potential of finding light in the dark I loved this book Healing PTSD through comedy I laughed and cried listening to these veterans Excellent flag Like see review Nov 14, 2018 Catherine Puma 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 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 course the Army coordinates for interested veterans, many of the comedians featured have been in popular movies like 21 Jump Street or have had their own Netflix specials I would recommend this fun listen to anyone who wants to hear delightfully told veteran tales, who has an hour and a half to spare this week, fans of standup comedy, patriots, supporters of our military, and those interested in the cognitive psychology of humor flag Like see review Nov 12, 2018 Jeff 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 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 always glad to hear her, and the Veterans were so funny and inspiring This is something you should not miss It is so inspiring flag Like see review Nov 07, 2018 Cmoore 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 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 interviews This is a short book and I actually wished that it could ve been longer, maybe following people and their stories but, even so, it s simply a great book flag Like see review Nov 14, 2018 Toni rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook read Powerful Talented Strong Dialogue PTSDIncredible 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 Powerful Talented Strong Dialogue PTSDIncredible 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 dramedy was on TV for 11 years which is 3X longer than the actual conflict 3 yrs Highly recommend to all my vet friends flag Like see review Nov 26, 2018 Betsy rated it liked it Shelves audiobook, humor, nonfiction, short stories, audible originals 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 powerful if it has been a compilation 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 powerful if it has been a compilation of their routines flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Di Richardson 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 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 life and learn how to turn it in to a stand up comedy routine Really pretty amazing flag Like see review Dec 18, 2018 Carolyn 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 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 ourselves I highly recommend this book flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Julie 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 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 military service induced PTSD flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Justin Sylvia 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 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 sacrificed who knows, maybe they have that dream of doing a stand up routine flag Like see review Nov 10, 2018 Ellen 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 flag Like see review Dec 21, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it This was an audible book of the month, a brief look into an arts program by the military to assist disabled veterans through their trauma through comedy At once inspiring and heartbreaking, this inside view into how they made the jump in their lives to comedy is a very interesting journey to follow A really good peek into the struggle behind the smiles that we are used to seeing on stand up comedians, this book is worth a listen flag Like see review Dec 13, 2018 Brittany rated it liked it Shelves audible, comedy, documentary I listened to this on Audible This was very eye opening to the benefits of comedy in the lives of veterans and others with PTSD It almost made me want to go try stand up comedy Almost Documentaries aren t my favorite, and I wish there had been some full length comedy sketches rather than just small clips from their routines It could also have been longer But overall, it was enjoyable and I smiled several times flag Like see review Nov 27, 2018 Maria rated it really liked it Shelves biography, contemporary, humor parody, military, non fiction, sale book, short stories Follows 3 veterans thru the process of comedy boot camp that is offered by the Armed Services Arts Program These veterans share their story and the process of learning resilience and coping.Why I started it Offered as an Audible Original, I needed a cheerful and inspiring break from the current books that I m reading.Why I finished it Short, sweet and funny Humor is a great coping method for you and for the world flag Like see review Nov 12, 2018 Juan Rivera rated it really liked it Shelves lecturas 2018 Laughter is one of the best remedies for diseases I see with admiration how my son Jose Luis Rivera went to hospitals as a doctor of laughter to help the sick.In fact, Mary Louise Parker s Strong Ending also shows something very interesting getting American war veterans to become comedians, and make people laugh, laughing at their problems and thus changing the mentality of the what happened to themGreat idea I laugh a little, I would like to learn to laugh flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Todd Oliver rated it it was amazing I didn t expect something free on Audible would be this good It s about healing veterans with PTSD through comedy These veterans go through a stand up comedy boot camp and then have to put on a show They use their experiences to make people laugh, even the dark stuff about their depression or disability This book is mostly about how they heal through comedy, but it also gives you a small sample of their act as well I absolutely loved this flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Strong Ending A Journey from Combat to Comedyby Audible Original, Mary Louise ParkerThis 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 shortI wanted I enjoyed it and glad they found some peace and a way to cope Strongly recommend.


    2. 3.5 stars Audiobook narrated by Mary Louise Parker 1h 16m 11 secsAn 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 powerful and compelling than any 800 page epic could be Viewers that enjoyed the series, M A S H will no doubt be intrigued.


    3. 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 This [...]


    4. 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 So a [...]


    5. My score is based off it as a literally work, HOWEVERThis 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 into it , not to perform but support of it.


    6. 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.



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