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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76,381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Voltaire Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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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.

Candide is characterized by its sarcastic tone, dark humor, and erratic, fantastical, fast-moving plot. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies and philosophers, and romance.

Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. It was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition, and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. Voltaire never admitted to having written the highly controversial Candide; instead, the work was signed Mister Doctor Ralph.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/17/2014

    " I had to read this quickly for my History class and thought I was going to hate it because of that. While I wasn't too happy that I had to sacrifice my weekend to read this book, I actually really enjoyed it. The meanings behind this book are really fasinating. Voltaire does a wonderful job of keeping the reader entertained, while still trying to prove a point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chaïmaâ | 2/15/2014

    " I only read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Lascelles | 2/11/2014

    " This is an absolute classic which I read at school and am looking forward to re-reading, though it's worth getting notes on it while you read it to fully understand the background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Roxas | 2/6/2014

    " I know Voltaire was doing a whole lot of mocking and satirical of the idea that "everything in the world is for the best", but it sort of came off as depressing. During this second half of the book I found it funny that Candide would throw his money at everyone hoping it will fix their problems, but it actually didn't help at all (applies to today also) and his wealth just made him a target to be robbed. I also liked how Voltaire was pretty much saying that the real way to end human suffering is not by debating about the true nature of the world, but practical action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/1/2014

    " So charming. I can't help but fall for Candide, the eternal optimist. No matter what happens, there is always a silver lining SOMEWHERE. There has to be, right? Very charming and likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaitra | 1/15/2014

    " This was my second read through. I remembered it as being weird, but I think I read a version without footnotes previously. With the footnotes, it was easy to understand what was being satirized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book.I listened to the audio verion and it was great. Candide is a guy everyone knows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joana Esteves | 12/26/2013

    " My favorite ever from Voltaire! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monika Antonova | 11/23/2013

    " "We must cultivate our own garden." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaina Shine | 11/16/2013

    " Amazing that Voltaire wrote this in 3 days! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pau1ie | 11/15/2013

    " Quite witty and short enough to read over a weekend if you have the spare time. Letters on England is no doubt my next 'Voltaire' stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Davis | 8/9/2013

    " A fantastic book. It's hard to believe it was written so long ago. I loved the intelligence, play on names and sarcastic humor. I definitely learned a lot of knew things from this read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 3/13/2013

    " Read this in French class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Mariner | 12/8/2012

    " I can get behind any book whose basic purpose is to say 'optimism is for chumps.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik Havert | 9/7/2012

    " This book got better as it went along. Parts of it are quite funny and it carries a Zen message that pops out at the end if you're open-minded enough to see it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karine | 7/12/2012

    " This series of comical tragedies satirizes philosophy of bygone era and human nature's tendency toward unhappiness and complaining. It's wonderfully short, but too dated to have much impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petter Nordal | 5/23/2012

    " A fine snapshot of a historical moment. The funniest genuine old philosophy book I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne Carlson | 2/25/2012

    " Read this book three times and I enjoy it every time. I laugh at are hero all the way through, with his dull wit and optimistic views. Blind love, and a friend that will not die. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Ibraim | 12/22/2011

    " This is my all time favorite book. Fast paced and full of surprises. Just great. I read it every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wade | 8/19/2011

    " One of my favorite books. Absurd, but in a sarcastically, witty way. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courts | 7/12/2011

    " Candide is a short, comical story about a bastard prince who gets exiled, travels to El Dorado, and then back to his home land just to marry his old (and now ugly) lover to spite her brother. It's fast paced and excitingly rich with irony and over-the-top drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 7/4/2011

    " Words cannot describe this book! After reading it, I still have no clue what it was about xD. This must mean that my brain was too overwhelmed with Candide's AWESOMENESS to be able to comprehend anything! For anyone who wants to blow their minds with CRAZY SHIT, I would recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 5/28/2011

    " Voltaire's classic novel about Candide. He is an 18th century character who wanders around the world through various adventures. It includes the character of Dr. Pangloss, who is eternally optimistic about everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/13/2011

    " An old story that retains a fresh voice for modern readers and a curious contemplation on why people suffer. I'd like to read David Rachoff's new book, Half-Empty, for his thoughts on the role of optimism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/12/2011

    " Excellent read. Entertaining story with just the right amount of sarcasm that makes it still funny today. Very well thought out and enacted by Voltaire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/11/2011

    " Wonderfu, funny, wicked
    "Il faut culticer son jardin" is my philosophy of life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asma | 5/9/2011

    " It was hilarious ... too far from reality!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qursheedali | 5/9/2011

    " This novel is one of greatest novel all time. The storyline is beautiful. The events that take place is more thrillering after one another. nothing more to say but yes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whoa | 5/9/2011

    " It was amusing. But I had a hard time trying to pay attention to it. The things that happen are absolutely ridiculous but its awesome in that way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 5/7/2011

    " Just stay at home and work in your garden. That is happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 5/3/2011

    " I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed this book, even though it was written so long ago. I think I read it for a class in college, but I can't remember for what subject or for what purpose. You'll be surprised how many familiar themes and plots are crammed into this little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/3/2011

    " Classic for a reason. Old humor that stands the test of time and is relevant today. Human nature must not change... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 5/3/2011

    " had to read it for my humanities class but i actually slightly enjoyed it as opposed to being tortured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 5/3/2011

    " The Enlightenment boiled down to sarcasm. Love this book. "

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