This audiobook grew out of the author's course at Columbia University, and it retains much of the analytical depth of its precursor without the dry stretches that plague much academic writing. Of course, any history of humor must include some jokes, and Dauber knows how to tell a joke. The stretches of history are mostly less funny, but those who aren't interested in history won't be listening to this, in any case. It's not a joke book. Humor comes mostly out of everyday life, and Dauber weaves the narrative of everyday Jewish life (from the Babylonian exile to the present) and the literary record into a story of why a nation laughed--and needed to. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2017]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538432143 $34.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781538432167 $22.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538432136 $109.00 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781538432150 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781538432181 multiple sources
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