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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"
  • 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"
  • 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....

    Chris says: "Very enjoyable recording"
  • 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"
  • 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 (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    From the satirical pen of one of France's greatest cynics comes the story of Candide - young, innocent, guileless - who is cast upon the world after Baron Thunder-ten-trockh learns that his lusty daughter, Cunegonde, has tried to seduce the young man. The novel chronicles Candide's adventures with his blindly optimistic tutor, Dr. Pangloss, through any number of disastrous experiences, as they search for the answers to life's perennial questions.

    Tobin says: "Voltaire's Classic"
  • Philosophical Dictionary | Voltaire

    Philosophical Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    Michael says: "Good for historical value only..."
  • Zadig | Voltaire

    Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    In the tradition of his very popular Candide, Zadig is what might be called a "philosophical tale." Zadig, a handsome young man with a fine education, is puzzled by the uncertainties of his destiny. He attains great success in government but is unsuccessful in love. Despite his wisdom and shrewdness, he meets with a number of misfortunes. The central question of the story is, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
  • 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 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"
  • Über den Satz: Alles ist gut | Voltaire

    Über den Satz: Alles ist gut

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andreas Dietrich
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    Voltaire (1694-1778), Frankreichs klarste Stimme im Zeitalter der Aufklärung, stellt in dieser Schriftden Satz "Alles ist gut" auf die Probe...

  • Über den König von Preußen | Voltaire

    Über den König von Preußen

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Wilhelm Borchert
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    Voltaire besuchte in Paris das Jesuitenkolleg Louis-le-Grand und fand nach Abschluß seines Studiums bald Zugang zu aristokratischen freidenkerischen Kreisen...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dictionnaire philosophique | Voltaire

    Dictionnaire philosophique

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Jacques Roland
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    Après avoir échoué dans sa collaboration à l'Encyclopédie, Voltaire conçoit l'idée de condenser dans un seul ouvrage l'essentiel de ses pensées philosophiques.

  • El Caligrafo de Voltaire [The Calligrapher of Voltaire] | Pablo de Santis

    El Caligrafo de Voltaire [The Calligrapher of Voltaire]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pablo de Santis
    • Narrated By George Bass
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    Un forastero llamado Dalessius llega a un puerto con el corazón de Voltaire en un frasco y la obsesión no menos terrible por una mujer. Con estos elementos iniciales y el trasfondo de las ruinas del Antiguo Régimen, ocasionadas por la Revolución Francesa, la novela consigue colocar a Voltaire y al arte de lacaligrafía en un clima más misterioso, qu real. En la búsqueda de la renovación de ese arte, Dalessius descubre palabras que desaparecen, letras que brillan en la oscuridad o tintas que envenenan.

  • Dass ein Mann, der so vielen Geist hat, so voll Bosheit sein kann: Geschichte der Freundschaft zwischen Voltaire und Friedrich II | Wolfgang Rödel

    Dass ein Mann, der so vielen Geist hat, so voll Bosheit sein kann: Geschichte der Freundschaft zwischen Voltaire und Friedrich II

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    • By Wolfgang Rödel
    • Narrated By Christian Brückner, Sylvester Groth
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    Friedrich der Große und Voltaire: Sie schätzten und sie stritten sich. Was zunächst mit einem Huldigungsbrief des Preußenkönigs...

  • The French Revolution: Kings, Queens and Guillotines | Encyclopaedia Britannica

    The French Revolution: Kings, Queens and Guillotines

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    The editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica are pleased to present the world of Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution - from the grandeur and opulence of the French régime to its chaotic downfall and the new order that rose from its ashes. Here you will learn about the extravagant history of the royal Palace of Versailles with its Hall of Mirrors and extensive gardens, and the lavish court style of Louis XVI.

    Monica says: "Comprehensive"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
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    • 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.

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