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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Voltaire Narrator: Clive Chafer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Candide, which is alternately titled Optimism, is a merciless satire and exposé of the ideas and institutions men live by. In this philosophical fantasy, the naïve Candide comes to witness and to suffer such misfortune that he rejects the philosophy of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss, who claims that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”

Zadig is the story of another optimist—young, rich, beautiful, and engaged to a woman he loves. When his early hopes and assets are destroyed, he embarks on a journey that will systematically explore science, religion, and the military, contributing to each, betrayed by all. Through these trials, he will eventually win the kingdom of Babylon.

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  • “This most popular of Voltaire’s works is a masterful satire on the follies and vices of men, particularly the belief embodied by Pangloss that ‘all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.’ The author, through the outrageous misadventures of his hero, disproves this theory utterly, taking to task all of man’s most prized institutions: science, philosophy, religion, government, and romance.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature on Candide

  • “The wittiest and best-loved book of a genius who is still unequaled in his ability to spin art out of philosophy…Candide is considered one of the most important texts of the enlightenment.”

    Amazon.com Editorial Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 2/18/2014

    " Just read Candide and Micromegas (Enlightenment sci-fi!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rusty | 2/18/2014

    " Like reading a Saturday Night Live skit from the 18th Century--great satire of war, exile, and the horrible acts humans do to other humans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 2/14/2014

    " Candide and Zadig were great. Didn't really make it through many of the other stories, as they were along very similar lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Levie Galapon | 2/13/2014

    " A very fast paced story that will keep you hooked. I actually wouldn't have read this book if it wasn't a class reading. But I actually enjoyed this read. Essentially its about a guy named Candide and he goes through a lot of insane trials and adventures to meet his lady love. Although this book is fairly dated by a couple of centuries I'm sure the story will be of interest to today's readers. This book is just a lot of fun while having philosophical undertones. "

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