On hearing about their often disastrous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take, and at their eternal and endearing joy at the world and its potential discoveries.
Read beautifully by Andrew Sachs.
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I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I join the thousands - millions? - who adore this book. hilarious, skillful and downright stunning, this gripper of a tale mocks the Enlightenment with such wit one cannot put this down!!!!!!
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.
All of the characters are compelling. The pastiche created by the entirety is what makes the work great.
I have not listened to any other Andrew Sachs performances but plan to.
The book is hilarious and, as a result, horrifying because of the compelling and biting satire ensconced within the clever and brilliant writing.
I have learned a bit about the French Revolution and I had learned that very much of it was inspired by Voltaire and it made me we want to understand a bit about him. I got this with a pretty good deal and I absolutely adore it. The reading, or should I say acting, is completely superb. The characters all have such wonderful voices that really bring out the characteristics of that person. the attitude, the humor, and the tragedy are so wonderfully displayed in this I really recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for fun, almost satirical poke at the world, and the ways of the human race. I just finished it, and the next book I'm going to listen to? This one. Again.
Happily ridiculous adventure.
I guess a lot of people read this in school. I hadn't touched it till I turned 30. Didn't know anything about the story and had very low expectations. Fortunately I was delighted and entertained nearly the whole way through. I recommend this situational comedy to anyone that enjoys satire and facepalms.
Fast and funny
At times I couldn't understand the
characters. But Candide rolled into towns without bother. Finally, finding his friends.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I read this many years ago for school. Since I knew the basic story line - I was not as engaged as other books I have read. This is probably one I would go back to from time to time. It keeps me grounded -- since at one point in my life, I thought I lived in the "Best of All Possible Worlds."
I would definitely try another book from Voltaire. A book narrated by Andrew Sachs wouldn't deter me.
Candide was actually a fun listen. The humor is so understated. It's really interesting how there is so much tragedy, but I would still call this a comedy.
His style was a little odd. He would elongate some of the words at the end. It was just a little awkward.
Possibly...It would really depend on who the director was and who the actors were. There are so many ways this story could go wrong.
What a strange book. I would think it was a children's book if it weren't so gruesome in parts. Romps through at a rapid pace the trek throughout the world of a silly naive man and his philosophical friends. Basically telling you, don't think too much, just work hard and enjoy life. Think Voltaire would have been quicker to just read the Bible, John 16:33 "here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world". Also found the little ditties from Saint-Saens fossils between each chapter added the the speed of the romp, and a bit unnecessary.
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