• by Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone at the large agricultural college dubbed Moo U. has an agenda. Whether it's massaging data, running secret experiments, or seducing the powerful, each person is dedicated to a plan. Meet Dr. Lionel Gift, who feels that his economic principles come directly from God. Visit with "Earl Butz", who is being groomed to be the biggest hog in history. Mull over The Common Wisdom, what every secretary knows. As these agendas begin to collide, Moo trots toward a deliciously loony climax. Although Moo focuses a sharp eye on academia, its satire is tempered by loveable characters who ring absolutely true. Through narrator Suzanne Toren's performance, you'll soon feel like part of the lively herd at Moo U. Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, instantly captured the admiration and laughter of readers everywhere when Moo was originally published. A New York Times best seller, it is a hilarious tour through the inner sanctums of a Midwestern university.


What the Critics Say

"Delectably entertaining....An uproariously funny and at the same time hauntingly melancholy portrait of a college community in the Midwest." (The New York Times)
"Fast, hilarious, and heartbreaking....Not for a minute does Moo lose its perfect satiric pitch or pacing." (People)
"Stuffed with memorable characters, sparkling with deliciously acid humor, Moo is a rare bird in today's literary menagerie: a great read that also makes you think." (Chicago Sun-Times)


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Totally hilarious and too true

This is such a dead-on accurate satire of what goes on at a university. Thank God it's a comedy because it would just be too painful otherwise. Companies have competing departments but universities have competing classes of stakeholders: the administration, the faculty, the athletics group and their boosters, the maintenace staff, the alumni, and the students, and probably a couple others I've left out. Each group has their own agenda and Smiley portrays each one perfectly. Most books about college seem to focus on the students but Smiley correctly captures the fact that students are merely transitory citizens in the life of a university. Multiple intersecting storylines, quotable passages on every "page" and entertaining characters abound. Smiley's prose never flags through it all. She is an extraordinary talent.
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- Barry "My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter."

couldn't finish it

I got this because, as an art instructor who went to college in Iowa, I thought I could relate.
I couldn't.
It had a zillion characters (which I usually like) but they all became to stupid to care about.
I didn't finish it. 'nuf said.
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- rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books