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    • Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
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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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amusing, a favorite, well read

    • By Philo on 02-24-12

    Regular price: $5.59

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    "Candide" is a delightful story filled with boundless misadventure while tackling the great philosophical issues of the Enlightenment era. The story is about Candide, a young man who is the illegitimate nephew of a German baron with whom he resides. When it is discovered he is kissing the baron's beautiful daughter he is thrown from the castle where he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church.

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    • Candide (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Candide, the illegitimate nephew of a German baron and student of eternal optimist Pangloss, is living a simple and sheltered life in "the best of all possible worlds." But when Candide falls in love with the wrong woman, his uncle's young daughter, he is exiled from the baron's castle and suffers great tragedy and catastrophe, which leaves him disillusioned and questioning the goodness of the universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I never saw or expected anything close to this.

    • By Mossias on 10-07-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Candide ou L'optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Bruno Bardin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Candide vivait paisible et innocent chez le baron de Thunder-ten-tronckh, en Westphalie. Dans son château, le précepteur Pangloss ("qui discourt de tout" en grec), représentation de Gottfried Leibniz, professait un optimisme béat. Candide partageait cette plénitude d'autant plus qu'il était amoureux de Cunégonde, fille du baron. Un jour, ce même baron surprend leurs amours et chasse Candide à coups de pied "dans le derrière".

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    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why the music?

    • By Michael Howard on 02-23-17

    Regular price: $16.35

    • Micromegas: A philosophical short story

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 22
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      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent philosophical satire by voltaire!

    • By Jack Frasier on 10-16-18

    Regular price: $5.16

    • Candide

    • By: Francois Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Tom Whitworth
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Confusion

    • By Crystal on 09-23-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Candide and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Two Beautifully-read Masterpieces

    • By Marje on 06-17-11

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Candide ou l'optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Frédéric Chevaux
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Story

    • By Sereina Keller on 02-09-18

    Regular price: $7.25

    • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 957
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 865
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL

    • By Robert on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Roy Macready
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 27

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best possible reading of this best possible story

    • By Z. Peterson on 08-19-16

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Voltaire's Candide is the riotous tale of young Candide, for whom the story is titled, and his misadventures with his Lady Cunegonde and his tutor, Dr. Pangloss. A funny and jovial tale of youth, Candide was originally written in French but has been translated, over the last 250 years, into modern English text. Though Candide is of privilege and fortune, he seems to always find himself in an unlucky position. Voltaire uses these misfortunes to caricature and satire the idealist thought leaders of the time like Leibniz and Pope.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great Classic...

    • By Christian on 03-26-18
    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Candide and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 117
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
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      4 out of 5 stars 94

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By Erez on 10-10-08

    Regular price: $24.99

    • 100 Quotes by Voltaire (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Katie Haigh

    • By Harry S. on 02-02-18

    Regular price: $7.02

    • Philosophical Dictionary

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Donal Donnelly
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good for historical value only...

    • By Michael on 05-08-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 59
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      4 out of 5 stars 52
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      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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?"

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-24-12

    Regular price: $6.96

    • Micromégas

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Alain Couchot
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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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."

    Regular price: $2.09

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 39
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      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Easy French Poetry Readings: Classic Poems Readings

    • By: Alfred de Musset, Charles Baudelaire, Jean de La Fontaine, and others
    • Narrated by: Camille Chevalier-Karfis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this audiobook, I read 33 classical French poems. The majority are read twice: once slowly - so you can repeat after me - and once faster, with my personal interpretation of the poem. I will also sometimes tell you about the author, or explain the vocabulary or the meaning of the poem, all in easy everyday French. Musset, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, La Fontaine, Labbé, Valéry... A collection of 33 of the most famous French poems.

    Regular price: $9.04

    • Candide, ou l'optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Lou Saintagne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    Regular price: $17.12

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