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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"
  • 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 (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 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 |  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 (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"
  • Micromégas |  Voltaire

    Micromégas

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Michel Chaigneau
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    "Micromégas" est un géant sympathique venu de Sirius. Chassé de son étoile, il visite le cosmos et y fait d'étranges rencontres. En compagnie d'un "petit" habitant de Saturne, il découvre sur Terre un peuple d'atomes intelligents", minuscules, mais doués de raison. Dans un monde où tout est relatif et où règnent les injustices, il parvient à converser avec quelques philosophes. Situation cocasse qui révèle au visiteur l'immensité de l'ignorance des hommes, qui pourtant sont de grands mathématiciens.

  • 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.

  • 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"
  • Candide | Francois Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Francois Voltaire
    • Narrated By Tom Whitworth
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    This is the tale of the happy but ill-fated Candide and his progressive disillusionment with the idea that we live in the best of all possible worlds. His tutor, Dr. Pangloss, embodies this philosophy of good cheer, even in the face of ever more absurd misfortunes. Luckily, Candide's other companions provide an over-supply of good sense.

    Crystal says: "Classic Confusion"
  • 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.

  • 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 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"
  • 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"
  • Traité sur la tolérance |  Voltaire

    Traité sur la tolérance

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Yves Belluardo
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    Voltaire met ici tous ses talents au service de la justice, après l'exécution de Jean Calas en 1762, dont il est convaincu de l'innocence. Calas est condamné pour le meurtre de son fils qui voulait se convertir au catholicisme. Cette réflexion sur le monde judiciaire reste très actuelle quant à la responsabilité des juges et la présomption d'innocence.

  • 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".

  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Ted Delorme
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    As soon as it was published in 1759, Voltaire's Candide was condemned for its hardly veiled attacks against religion and governments. The plot is a parody of the bildungsroman: Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel around the world convinced that "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds." Nevertheless, all the experiences and adventures they go through teach them the exact opposite.

  • 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.

  • Max and Voltaire Getting to Know You | Mina Mauerstein Bail

    Max and Voltaire Getting to Know You

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Mina Mauerstein Bail
    • Narrated By Judy Clements
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    Set in a small town in France, Max and Voltaire: Getting to Know You is about a cat, Max, and a dog, Voltaire, who are adopted by a kind and generous woman, with three cats - Zoa, Tish, and Say What, when their former adoptive families can no longer take care of them. The touching and humorous adventures of Max, a jolly but fundamentally serious and wise cat, and Voltaire, a kind and courageous dog with a sense of humor, challenge us to think about how special every day can be and that no matter how bad a situation is, it can change for the better.

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