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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Alejandro says: "excelente"
  • Candide, ou l'optimisme |  Voltaire

    Candide, ou l'optimisme

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Lou Saintagne
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    Tous les événements sont enchaînés dans le meilleur des mondes possibles : car enfin si vous n'aviez pas été chassé d'un beau château à grands coups de pied dans le derrière pour l'amour de mademoiselle Cunégonde, si vous n'aviez pas été mis à l'Inquisition, si vous n'aviez pas donné un bon coup d'épée au baron, si vous n'aviez pas perdu vos moutons du bon pays d'Eldorado, vous ne mangeriez pas ici des cédrats confits et des pistaches.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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 |  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.

  • 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 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 |  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...

  • 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..."
  • 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."

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Zadig ou la Destinée |  Voltaire

    Zadig ou la Destinée

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Alain Couchot
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    "Zadig ou la Destinée" est un conte philosophique de Voltaire, inspiré d'un conte persan. Voltaire y raconte les mésaventures et les revers de fortune d'un jeune homme né à Babylone. Ce conte se place à la confluence de trois genres littéraires : le conte de fées (mis à la mode par Perrault et les Contes des Mille et une Nuits), le roman picaresque (Zadig décrit une ascension sociale, suivie de coups du sort) et le roman sentimental (Zadig relate les tribulations de deux amants éloignés par la vie).

  • Micromegas: A philosophical short story |  Voltaire

    Micromegas: A philosophical short story

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Paul Spera
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    First published in 1752, "Micromegas" is one of Voltaire’s best-known works. It is a tale of mordant irony, and actually the original science-fiction short story. Arriving on Earth from the star Sirius, the gigantic explorer Micromegas discovers the people of Earth, so small compared to him that he first believes that no creature this size can hope to achieve any degree of intelligence; he will soon discover the ways and thoughts of these diminutive people, who clearly have an over-inflated idea of their own importance in the universe. Voltaire's extrapolations of sun-powered interstellar flight, alien civilizations, and the two moons of Mars, are designed to make us see ourselves in a new light and laugh at what we find.

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