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Katherine

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  • Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    Kaui says: "WONDERFUL"
    "Beautifully performed!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Candide to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition brings clarity to the multiplicity of characters and the performance animates each one in a memorable way. To me, this makes the audio version compelling in a much different way from the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are compelling. The pastiche created by the entirety is what makes the work great.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other Andrew Sachs performances but plan to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is hilarious and, as a result, horrifying because of the compelling and biting satire ensconced within the clever and brilliant writing.


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