This is a very funny book. It is well researched and should certainely to be considered an academic achievment. Non-Jews may be put off my some stereotyping in Yiddish expressions describing gentiles.
Yiddish is a foreign language to me. Even so this audio book was often funny, sometimes shocking, always interesting. I can't believe 8 disks about a fading tongue kept my interest, but it did. Author Michael Wex's narration takes some getting used to, but his voice inflections definately added to the entertainment value. The reader/listener comes away with a better sense of how this language created an distinct identity for European Jewery.
Michael Wex is a novelist, a professor, a translator, a lecturer, and a performer of stand-up and one-person shows. Wex has been hailed as "a Yiddish national treasure" and is one of the leading lights in the current revival of Yiddish, speaking widely on Yiddish and Jewish culture. He lives in Toronto.