• 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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Customer Reviews

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What could be less exciting than a novel set in an agricultural university? At first glance, Jane Smiley's novel, with its bovine title, seems to offer little to arrest the potential reader. Fortunately, from chapter 1, the reader is captivated, and a diverse and interesting cast of characters passes across the stage, intersecting, sometimes clashing, sometimes loving, and participating in the petty and large scale politics so typical of academe. Although it's a long listen, the strongly differentiated characters, and the excellent reading, carry the listener on with great involvement. And I found it to be an excellent travel companion on a flight to Australia.
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- Ronald

a perfect campus novel

A great novel brilliantly read. One of my favourite audiobooks.
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- clive

Book Details

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