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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 julia | 2/15/2014

    " I actually laughed out loud at how astutely Jane Smiley captured university politics and dynamics, as well as the tragedies of college social life. Not one character comes out of this book unscathed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 2/12/2014

    " Tongue-in-cheek, right? Poking fun at university and farm life, right? Well, it wasn't so bad, it had its moments, I'm glad I was there but now I'm out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 2/9/2014

    " I never knew . . . this was the first of my mom's I ever read. She's amazing, and you should buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/31/2014

    " A University epic...now I've seen everything. The only other Smiley I've read is "The Greenlanders" and it is amazing how different these two books are. Smiley has an amazing range, and I'm sure I'd only be more amazed if I got further into her sizeable list. This book is impressive in scope and is both imaginative and carefully developed. I'd still call it an epic, and I'm not the biggest fan of those, but it is definitely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syd | 1/22/2014

    " I didn't expect this book from Smiley, having read A Thousand Acres and another one I'd like to forget (Good Faith). This is a satire on university life and she keeps the humor flowing all the way through...a difficult task. If you've ever spent too much time in the world of academia, this book is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Larsen | 1/21/2014

    " Fun, especially if you went to a Midwestern college or university ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/20/2014

    " Got bored, stayed bored, couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/20/2014

    " If you work in Academia, you will find this amusing. Otherwise, you may find this tiresome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AngelaGay Kinkead | 1/17/2014

    " Tried to like it. Couldn't get hooked on paperback, so listened to audio through Chapter 21. I know this is where the action picks up, but I have better things to do and other books I'd rather read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggi | 1/16/2014

    " So far reminds me ALOT of CNR. Almost to the people. Which is awesome and scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/1/2014

    " Hilariously funny to anyone who's ever worked in a University setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alana | 12/25/2013

    " ... i remember checking out a jane smiley book for my mom from the library when i was like 10. i figured i'd give it a try. there were definitely some humorous parts - and jane is quite a good writer. i wasn't super into the story though -- more soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 12/9/2013

    " I can see why people like this book - especially folks in academia. It was fun and fast to read, but ultimately left me feeling a little empty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bren Boston | 12/1/2013

    " Well written, great metaphors, easy to read, deeper than it seems. Memorable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 11/17/2013

    " Feel like I should like this book more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/2/2013

    " A great read for anyone who has put in time at a university! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Lemmons | 7/4/2013

    " I really like how Smiley is outlining the subjectivity of administrative processes..intermingling raw emotions with mundane affairs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marcia rutledge | 5/17/2013

    " I went from Moo to other books by Smiley and was disappointed. Moo rocked my boat pretty thoroughly. There are many reasons to read it, not the least being that it is fun to read a book that makes you smile and LAUGH. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 DJ | 3/1/2013

    " I couldn't get through it, nothing ever happens, no plot, no antagonist, protagonist, nothing. I put it down after 100 pages or so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leticia | 10/16/2012

    " Loved it. Quite witty. And if you work anywhere in higher education, you will relate in some way or other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 10/2/2012

    " Another book that, though quirky, has gripped my attention with the crazy but somehow respectable world of acedamia. Whether comparable or not, books involving this subject make me want to pick up Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim once again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey Neumuth | 7/7/2012

    " very slow....i actually didnt finish it which is something i very rarely do. Think i'll try her Thousand Acres inStead!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 5/28/2012

    " I was really surprised that I didn't enjoy this as much as I did A Thousand Acres, but, well, there you have it. I felt like there were too many characters, too much buildup with too much delay in resolution, and, well, I guess the book simply didn't speak to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 2/24/2012

    " Marly Hellmich, the secretary, really runs the university Contains over a dozen overlapping plot lines and multiple protagonists "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/4/2012

    " Honestly, one of the best books I have read in years, from one of our greatest living authors. A sprawling, often hilarious tale of university politics. (Hmmm, wonder why that appeals?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie Elwood | 7/22/2011

    " I wanted to like this more than I actually did.... The wry humor was fun, as was the academic setting, but I kept forgetting the backgrounds of the myriad characters, meaning that I'd have to catch up anew with what was going on each chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 7/10/2011

    " it's been a while since I read this book, and would like to reread it to confirm my impressions, but at the time I found it uproariously funny and, until Russo's Straight Man came along, the best satire of American university life that I'd ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 6/13/2011

    " Oh hum. Kept expecting more from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/6/2011

    " Fun, especially if you went to a Midwestern college or university ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/11/2011

    " Hilariously funny to anyone who's ever worked in a University setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 4/7/2011

    " Not entirely impressed by this one. Mildly entertaining, but the climax of Earl Butts' situation was a letdown. Loved the student who wrote fiction about his roommates. Interesting characters that left me hanging in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/6/2011

    " Academia skewered. I laughed myself silly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 2/17/2011

    " couldn't finish it...too many characters to keep track of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 1/22/2011

    " I can see why people like this book - especially folks in academia. It was fun and fast to read, but ultimately left me feeling a little empty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 1/8/2011

    " Especially fun if you work at a university or went to a land-grant institution "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/28/2010

    " Got bored, stayed bored, couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/17/2010

    " Love it! Engaging and hilarious read of a big land-grant UNIV in the Midwest. "

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