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"Candide is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, 'we must cultivate our garden', in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, 'all is for the best' in the 'best of all possible worlds'.

"Candide is characterised by its sarcastic tone as well as by its erratic, fantastical, and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a story similar to that of a more serious coming-of-age narrative (Bildungsroman), it parodies many adventure and romance clichés, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism.

"As expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire's magnum opus."

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Public Domain (P)2017 Lyon Audio

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Perseverance pays off for Candide..

Candide, is a calm young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia who believes in the philosophy that "everything in the world is for the best."
When Candide kisses his love, Cunegonde and is thrown out of the castle by her father the Baron, tragic events take place that began his long journey around the globe.
No matter what obstacles and misfortune Candidate is faced with, he remains optimistic. Eventually he gets the one thing that set him on his journey in the first place. This book is perfectly narrated with a colorful cast of characters. I received this free review copy and have voluntarily chosen to leave this review.

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I liked the narration of this literary classic but didn't love it - the voice seemed off at certain points but it didn't bother me enough to stop listening.

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Satirical Philosophy

I grabbed at the opportunity to listen to the book. Though the narrator mispronounced a few words, sometimes the same word both properly and improperly, it doesn't take away much from the content of the work. It's the content that makes Candide a fascinating, entertaining and thought provoking listen.

To appreciate the story I recommend reading a bit about Voltaire and Candide - even Wikipedia will do. There's a lot going on within the story that you might miss, historical trends that form the context for Voltaire's criticism. Depending on how much of an iconoclast you are, you'll either cheer or bristle at Candide's criticisms but they are all good natured and I can certainly see how they'd be, if toned down a notch, accurate.

Highly recommended. I received this book for no cost on condition that I write a non-biased review.

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Sub-par narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Kollins’s performances?

NO! This was an appallingly ignorant reading of a classic. Voice inflection was completely flat and at times inappropriate, as if the narrator didn't understand what he was reading. Multiple words were mis-pronounced. No excuse for this poor of a narration.

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Poor Candide...And His Adventures and Experiences

I received a copy for an honest opinion and a voluntary review.

Classical works are either embraced or not...I felt this satire managed to hit on most institutions which still exist and were often painfully true...so more difficult for me to find the humor...but interesting in finding how society and people really haven’t hanged...finding that sad.
His falling in love...losing and finding her several times and then holding on through obligation. People he admired dying, or so he thinks, and then finding them alive. The terrible ways people continue to treat reach other yet the philosophy they adhere to justify their actions and attitudes.
I do like the ending on saying we must tend our own gardens...we are responsible for ourselves.
I didn’t really care for the narrator. He has a nice enough voice but little variation in tone and pacing..perhaps that is the best way to reflect the satire of the story but just sometimes just felt the story droned on and I just went along without any drawing in by the narrator.
For select people, if at all interested in classical works it is something to be read or listened to.

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