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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francois Voltaire Narrator: Tom Whitworth Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Translated by T. Smollett.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deividas Rutkauskas | 2/19/2014

    " Superb satire. Voltaire depicts a tale that hits the golden mean between "Don Quixote's" excessive absurdity and Swift's spiteful wit in terms of didactic humor. It is a story of an optimist continuously suffering hardships and struggling to maintain his belief that "all is for the best." "Candide" is silly, preposterous, caricatural, and simple, but it is always entertaining. While I only chuckled a few times throughout this novella, I agree with the consensus that Voltaire's playful, sometimes goofy, but inobtrusive wit - the kind that evokes an old man slyly winking - is a vein that permeates every page of the book. Also, I enjoyed Voltaire's brisk, flowing diction; for the purposes of satire, the pacing is effectually executed. The ending, too, is worthy. I half-expected the ending to be a solemn lecture (this is a satire about how /life sucks/, after all), but was actually surprised by how decently "Candide" was concluded. The book's eventual assertion to "cultivate our garden", while still a symbolism a little shoehorned, resonated with me and elicited interpretation and reflection. 5/5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sydney Young | 2/12/2014

    " So witty. Still makes sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becca | 2/7/2014

    " This book made me laugh so many times. It's monumental in its ridiculousness, yet still manages to convey solid ideas and themes. I was especially amused by Voltaire's name-bashing. This is how a satire should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jadepen | 1/17/2014

    " A truly enjoyable bit of satire, made all the better by Voltaire's caustic wit and sharp insight. Whether his focus is on romanticism, religion, or philosophy, Voltaire's barbs sting at the same time they entertain. His like, I firmly believe, is not to be found in the world today, which is even more the pity. "

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