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Moo | [Jane Smiley]

Moo

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.
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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.

©1995 Jane Smiley; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

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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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-14-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2006

    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.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 04-17-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 04-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "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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    KP United States 07-19-09
    KP United States 07-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Too Many Characters"

    A Google search led me to a list: "books you'd like if you liked Straight Man by Richard Russo", which is how I found Moo. I loved Straight Man but disagree that Moo deserves to be on the same level. It's a messy tangled web of too many characters at a midwestern university whose trials and tribulations are not all that interesting. Still managed to listen to the whole thing -- a credit to the narrator.

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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 08-16-08
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 08-16-08 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "MOO"

    I just could not get into this book. After 2 CDs I gave up.

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    "a perfect campus novel"

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

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  • John
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    "the moo"

    Has a more boring and pointless book ever been written? I normally try and stick with books I don't like the start of but this exercise in banality beat me. What a waste of my money.

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  • Ronald
    henley-on-thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    7/29/09
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    "Moo"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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