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Candide Audiobook

Candide

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Publisher's Summary

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 11-13-12
    Kaui 11-13-12 Member Since 2015

    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!!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeeustin 04-11-15
    Jeeustin 04-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "SO glad I picked this up."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    perspective 04-16-16
    perspective 04-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, funny, and endearing"
    Where does Candide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Outstanding characterisation, excellent expression to convey humour and the hyperbole.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Candide- is just so accepting of everything and gracious to all. He seems to be lacking in the darker side of human nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Difficult to say as it is a heroic romp through the world.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this, it is satire at its best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yaara aciman 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rather read this one."

    I found the narrator and the book very good. However, The book is so intense I wished to understand every word, which I don't insist upon in other cases, and since English is not my mother tongue I rather read this one to fully enjoy it.

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    Victoria Midkiff Cincinnati, Ohio 01-15-16
    Victoria Midkiff Cincinnati, Ohio 01-15-16
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    "Again I read this for the first time when I was 13"

    I read this first when I was 13 because I thought it would annoy the nuns. I enjoyed it immensely, especially since the pbs series came out before I was finished with that first reading. I read this again in college. Now a third time,I wonder what I haven't read it more. each time more insight.

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    dudley 11-14-15
    dudley 11-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Existentialist's telenovela"


    It is a light read that uses events, rather than introspection, to explore a philosophical concept.

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    Keegan Tempe, Arizona United States 06-23-15
    Keegan Tempe, Arizona United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Funnier than I expected"
    If you could sum up Candide in three words, what would they be?

    Happily ridiculous adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Falls Dunwoody, GA United States 05-15-15
    Loren Falls Dunwoody, GA United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fast and funny"

    Fast and funny

    At times I couldn't understand the
    characters. But Candide rolled into towns without bother. Finally, finding his friends.

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    Anthony Butler 02-06-15
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    "A great book read by a great story teller."

    Superbly read. I love this book to begin with, but the reading has a flow to it that makes it come alive. Well done and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    3/28/13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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