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  • 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 (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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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..."
  • 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 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"
  • Candido [Candide] | Voltaire

    Candido [Candide]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Laura Garcia
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    Tomandole el pelo a la humanidad. La vision del mundo que tuvo Voltaire debio haber sido muy risuena, ya que su obra es un conjunto de ironias y de humor que va de lo escabroso a lo filosofico. Lo notable es que todo esto estuvo al servicio de ideas, en las cuales el tono satirico sirivieron para encauzar y ensenar al mundo hacia algo mejor.

    ATREYU says: "NO para optimistas"
  • 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 22 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Frédéric Chevaux
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    Candide est un jeune garçon vivant au château du baron de Thunderten-tronckh qui se trouve en Westphalie. Il a pour maître Pangloss, philosophe qui enseigne la "métaphysico-théologo-cosmolonigologie", et qui professait, à l'instar de Leibniz, que l'on vit dans le meilleur des mondes possibles.

  • Candide and Zadig | Voltaire

    Candide and Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    These two classic coming-of-age stories by Voltaire parody the romanticism of his day with the ruthless wit that has made him the undisputed master of social commentary.

    Marje says: "Two Beautifully-read Masterpieces"
  • 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 ou L'optimiste | Voltaire

    Candide ou L'optimiste

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Jean Topart
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    Conte philosophique considéré comme l'un des chefs-d'œuvre de Voltaire, "Candide" frappe par sa légèreté, et sa justesse. Le héros est un jeune homme crédule à qui son précepteur, Pangloss, inculque une théorie très simpliste sur l'optimisme. Les mésaventures du jeune héros mettent à mal cette doctrine. Cela permet à Voltaire de se moquer de toutes les théories métaphysiques qui ne résistent pas à l'épreuve des faits.

  • Über das Gute und das Böse | Voltaire

    Über das Gute und das Böse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andreas Dietrich
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    Der freigeistige französische Aufklärungsphilosoph Voltaire (1694-1778) war der beredteste Vertreterdes Aufklärungszeitalters...

  • 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.

  • The Enlightened Despots | Geoffrey Bruun

    The Enlightened Despots

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • 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!"
  • Micromégas | Voltaire

    Micromégas

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Alain Couchot
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    "Dans une de ces planètes qui tournent autour de l'étoile nommée Sirius, il y avait un jeune homme de beaucoup d'esprit, que j'ai eu l'honneur de connaître dans le dernier voyage qu'il fit sur notre petite fourmilière ; il s'appelait Micromégas, nom qui convient fort à tous les grands. Il avait huit lieues de haut : j'entends, par huit lieues, vingt-quatre mille pas géométriques de cinq pieds chacun."

  • 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

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • 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...

  • 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"
  • Jeannot and Colin | Voltaire

    Jeannot and Colin

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    In this tale of Jeannot and Colin, Voltaire not only tells an instructive tale, warning of the dangers of sudden wealth and social climbing, but also directs his satirical comments at the vacuous and fickle nouveau riche of his day, the catholic church, private education, and society in general. Jeannot and Colin are childhood friends. Both come from working-class backgrounds in a rural part of France, but Jeannot's parents, on a trip to Paris, strike it lucky in business and within a short time become very wealthy.

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