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Candide | [Voltaire]

Candide

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.
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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 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.

© and (P)2007 CSA Telltapes Ltd

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    Kaui Bay Area, CA 11-13-12
    Kaui Bay Area, CA 11-13-12 Member Since 2009

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "WONDERFUL"

    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!!!!!!

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    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-12-12
    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully performed!"
    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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    RNS 02-13-12
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    "Well read rendition"

    Very enjoyable. I have always enjoyed this book so my review is based solely on Andrew Sachs narration

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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-24-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Okay for a second reading...."

    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."

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    Arielle Sherman, TX, United States 04-08-13
    Arielle Sherman, TX, United States 04-08-13
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    "Humorous Tragedy"
    Would you try another book from Voltaire and/or Andrew Sachs?

    I would definitely try another book from Voltaire. A book narrated by Andrew Sachs wouldn't deter me.


    Would you recommend Candide to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His style was a little odd. He would elongate some of the words at the end. It was just a little awkward.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


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    stathis EARLWOOD NSW, Australia 07-29-12
    stathis EARLWOOD NSW, Australia 07-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Candide in three words, what would they be?

    A jolly ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We all share human foibles no matter our place in history or society.


    Any additional comments?

    Great introduction to classic French writing. My first audio Voltaire was a real treat.

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    "Interesting classic, funny narrator!"

    There are sound effects and funny voices in this recording. Very entertaining!

    Screw you, 15-word minimum!

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    "Tres bizarre"

    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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