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    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4 out of 5 stars 31

    "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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book every time!

    • By laura branham on 04-12-19

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Candide (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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: $14.95

    • Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    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: $14.95

    • Candide ou L'optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Bruno Bardin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very clear narration

    • By Anonymous User on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $0.94

    • 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 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    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

    • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 977
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 882
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      4 out of 5 stars 884

    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: $14.95

    • Candide and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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      4 out of 5 stars 96

    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

    • Candide and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    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

    • Micromegas: A philosophical short story

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 27

    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

    • Zadig [French Version]

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Guillaume Ravoire
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Court roman, conte philosophique et récit de voyage, "Zadig" raconte de façon drôle et emportée les aventures d'un jeune homme voué à une destinée rocambolesque. L'histoire se déroule dans un Orient fantasmé, où le héros se retrouve confronté à des situations aussi loufoques les unes que les autres.

    Regular price: $19.14

    • Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
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      4 out of 5 stars 55
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      4 out of 5 stars 54

    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

    • Zadig ou la Destinée

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Alain Couchot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    "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).

    Regular price: $2.98

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Alastair Cameron
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amusing appalling satiric and vastly entertaining

    • By L. Martiniak on 02-21-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Dictionnaire philosophique

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roland
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Après avoir échoué dans sa collaboration à l'Encyclopédie, Voltaire conçoit l'idée de condenser dans un seul ouvrage l'essentiel de ses pensées philosophiques.

    Regular price: $15.05

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    "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." [Wikipedia]

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perseverance pays off for Candide..

    • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 03-12-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Philosophical Dictionary

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Donal Donnelly
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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: $14.95

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Roy Macready
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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: $14.95

    • Candide ou l'Optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Alain Couchot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    "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.

    Regular price: $3.03

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