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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77,463 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Voltaire Narrator: Jack Davenport Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Candide, published simultaneously in five European capitals in 1759, became an instant bestseller 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 the 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 to create a witty allegory of a young man whose optimism gives way to disillusionment after a series of terrible misfortunes.

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  • “Penned by that Renaissance man of the Enlightenment, Voltaire, Candide is steeped in the political and philosophical controversies of the 1750s. But for the general reader, the novel’s driving principle is clear enough: the idea (endemic in Voltaire’s day) that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and apparent folly, misery, and strife are actually harbingers of a greater good we cannot perceive, is hogwash.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace Moser | 1/27/2014

    " Sarcastic and witty, a must read to analyze Europe at this stage of development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shavan Patel | 1/27/2014

    " The book was good at some points but some points it wasn't that good. The reason why the book wasn't so good was because when the book wasn't so intersecting it was so boring that you could go to sleep. When the intersecting parts had made came up it so good that you could keep reading it until the bad parts came up. The hardest part was to understand the satire part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M. Crabtree | 1/15/2014

    " Interesting satire, but it does get repetitive in the miserable tragedies that keep befalling Candide. Of course, that's the point, but for a short book a lot of unbelievably awful things happen. Still, enjoyed the foray into philosophy.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Blackcatno9 | 1/12/2014

    " Possibly one of my favorite books, ever. "

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