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  • The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy | Will Durant,Ariel Durant

    The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

    Arthur Pendragon says: "The Most Exquisite History Series"
  • Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment |  The Great Courses

    Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors
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    Discover why intellectuals and historians alike consider Voltaire to be one of the most intriguing, influential, and elusive thinkers of the modern world. Focusing on the deepest, most enduring aspects of Voltaire's work and thought, but never losing sight of the colorful, fascinating man himself, these 12 lectures sketch for you a vibrant, thought-provoking vision of Voltaire as "the father of the Enlightenment" and one of the great literary personalities of all time.

    Emily says: "Enlightenment ideas still relevant today"
  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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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 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"
  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Roy Macready
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    The story follows the eponymous hero and his tutor Doctor Pangloss through a series of adventures and misfortunes, all the time doggedly attempting, against the odds, to adhere to the doctor's philosophy that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds".

    Z. Peterson says: "Best possible reading of this best possible story"
  • Philosophical Dictionary |  Voltaire

    Philosophical Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    Preeminent French cynic and philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) collected ideas and thoughts that were too short for pamphlets but worth saving for later development. These jottings eventually became the Philosophical Dictionary, filled with witty and wise entries on subjects as diverse as Atheism and Kissing - a compendium of the whole spectrum of Voltaire's ideas.

    Michael says: "Good for historical value only..."
  • 100 Quotes by Voltaire (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts) |  Voltaire

    100 Quotes by Voltaire (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    Voltaire was a French writer famous for his wit and irony. They were his tools for launching vitriolic attacks on the established Catholic church, the adversaries of freedom of religion and expression, and on separation of church and state. His prolific writing took almost every possible literary form: plays, novels, essays, but also poems, historical and scientific works.

  • Candide (Gildan Media Edition) |  Voltaire

    Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    Candide, is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. One of the finest satires ever written, this lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide witnesses calamity upon calamity, he becomes disillusioned and discovers that all is not always for the best....

    Phil O. says: "Amusing, a favorite, well read"
  • Legends of The Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of Voltaire |  Charles River Editors

    Legends of The Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of Voltaire

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Mark Linsenmayer
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    The Enlightenment is looked upon fondly, and it serves to reinforce the notion that the present is superior to the past, but things did not change as rapidly or as completely as many believe. In fact, some recent historians have challenged the belief that the Enlightenment was responsible for the French Revolution, which is a vital issue when it comes to Voltaire. After all, Voltaire, as his contemporaries and as most of his modern listeners know him, is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Enlightenment thought.

  • Candide and Zadig |  Voltaire

    Candide and Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Voltaire's razor-sharp satire on philosophical optimism, Candide, is coupled here with another of the author's most celebrated works, Zadig. Both challenge the moral and philosophical orthodoxies of the day with humor and sly wit, while parodying the clichéd formulas of so many contemporary novels.

    Erez says: "Highly recommended"
  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
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    Voltaire's Candide can only be described as a satirical novella that was intended to attack the optimistic and backwards way of thinking that was common during the 18th century. Filled with absurd and darkly humorous content, the short work is a highly debatable and thought-provoking piece. The story centers around Candide, the nephew of a baron, who's teacher, Pangloss, teaches Candide that the world is the way it should be and that everything in it is good.

  • Candide ou l'Optimisme |  Voltaire

    Candide ou l'Optimisme

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Alain Couchot
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    "Candide ou l'Optimisme" est un conte philosophique de Voltaire, considéré comme l'un de ses chefs d'œuvre. C'est le récit du voyage de formation d'un jeune homme naïf, chassé du meilleur des mondes possibles à la suite d'une leçon de physique expérimentale. Voltaire y manie l'ironie à l'encontre du conservatisme de la société de son époque. Candide, le jeune homme innocent, après avoir vécu toutes sortes d'aventures autour du monde, finit par se transformer en philosophe.

  • Candide (AudioGO Edition) |  Voltaire

    Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
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    When first published in 1759, Candide became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in this philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar.

    Robert says: "Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL"
  • Voltaire and Rousseau | Charles Sherover

    Voltaire and Rousseau

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Sherover
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
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    In the great ferment of the French Revolution, Voltaire and Rousseau stood out as intellectual giants. Voltaire's incisive wit and commitment to translucent reason stands in sharp contrast to Rousseau's earnest convictions and attention to emotion. Both thinkers produced work of enduring value in morality and political philosophy.

  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Wiglaf Droste
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    Wiglaf Droste stellt seinen sonoren Bariton in den Dienst eines seiner Lieblingsbücher: "Voltaires Candide ist, wenn es das gibt, die Bibel der Aufklärung...

  • Rousseau and Voltaire: The Lives of the Two Most Famous Intellectuals of the Enlightenment |  Charles River Editors

    Rousseau and Voltaire: The Lives of the Two Most Famous Intellectuals of the Enlightenment

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    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Mark Linsenmayer
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    Alongside the Renaissance, the Enlightenment is credited with the transition to an adherence to reason, secularism, and promotion of values such as the value of the individual, collective freedom, and liberty. At the heart of the movement in France was François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, whose writings advocated for greater liberalism, including freedom of religion and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a biting polemic whose satirical attacks on the Catholic Church were among the fiercest of his day.

  • The Enlightened Despots | Geoffrey Bruun

    The Enlightened Despots

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    • By Geoffrey Bruun
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    From the death of Louis XIV in 1715 until the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, there occurred a profound evolution in the thinking of political philosophers, whose epoch is known as The Enlightenment. There were three men whose writings were to be most responsible for this intellectual whirlwind: Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.

    Neil Chisholm says: "Leaders that could have done better!"
  • Zadig |  Voltaire

    Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Guillaume Ravoire
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    Court roman, conte philosophique et récit de voyage, "Zadig" raconte de façon drôle et emportée les aventures d'un jeune homme voué à une destinée rocambolesque. L'histoire se déroule dans un Orient fantasmé, où le héros se retrouve confronté à des situations aussi loufoques les unes que les autres.

  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Come and share the satirical, amusing and often violent misadventures of the young Candide as he searches for true love and the meaning of life. This classic satirizes religion, philosophy, and government in a decidedly playful romp.

  • Voltaire's Wager | Dan Lewis

    Voltaire's Wager

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    • By Dan Lewis
    • Narrated By Mark Schectman
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    François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, was a French writer during the Enlightenment. Known for what would today be considered snark, he often made comments to which many would take offense. For example, in his 1764 treatise Dictionnaire Philosophique (which translates as Philosophical Dictionary), Voltaire quipped that "common sense is not so common." This smarter-than-thou attitude was a theme throughout his works, and, one would expect, his life as well.

  • Philosophie pour tous : 100 citations de Voltaire |  Voltaire

    Philosophie pour tous : 100 citations de Voltaire

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    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Anne-Sophie Robin
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    Voltaire est un maître de l'ironie et du mot d'esprit. Voilà les armes principales dont ce philosophe des Lumières, dramaturge, scientifique et poète se sert sans relâche dans ses attaques au vitriol contre l'institution catholique, les adversaires de la liberté de culte et d'expression, et de la séparation de l'Église et de l'État. Sélectionnées parmi ses œuvres majeures, ces 100 citations vous familiariseront avec l'essence de sa pensée tout en nourrissant votre esprit de répartie, de "Candide" au "Dictionnaire philosophique", en passant par "Zadig", le "Traité sur la tolérance" ou l'une de ses six mille lettres connues.

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