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    • Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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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 (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    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
    • A classic!

    • By Vincent Mattaliano Jr. on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 952
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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 and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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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.

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

    • By Marje on 06-17-11

    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

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    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 21 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Candide

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

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    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 ou l'Optimisme

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

    • Micromegas: A philosophical short story

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

    Regular price: $5.16

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

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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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

    • Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 57
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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

    • Candide ou l'optimisme

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Frédéric Chevaux
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    • By: Francois Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Tom Whitworth
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Confusion

    • By Crystal on 09-23-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Candide and Zadig

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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      4 out of 5 stars 92

    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

    • Zadig ou la Destinée

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Alain Couchot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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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).

    Regular price: $2.98

    • Candide

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

    • Memnon, the Philosopher

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Bob Gonzalez
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this witty and satirical fable, Voltaire’s hero, Memnon, determines the three tasks he will easily accomplish to become a great philosopher and perfectly happy. In spite of his naive confidence in his willpower and the cooperation of life events, fate has other things in store for him designed to thwart his plans.  

    Regular price: $7.13

    • Candido, o l'ottimismo

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Neri Marcorè
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Le convulse e mirabolanti avventure di Candido offrono alla scintillante, ironia e incisiva penna di Voltaire l’opportunità di dimostrare la vanità...

    Regular price: $9.17

    • Candido [Candide]

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Laura Garcia
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Una de mis grabaciones favoritas

    • By Timoteo on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $11.90

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