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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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