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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: January 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Sawyer | 12/29/2013

    " This was the fist book of scholarly merit I read as a junior in high school. I felt so sophisticated after reading it, too! Pray tell... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 12/24/2013

    " I would recommend this book to anyone who loves and seeks to go on adventure within a book. Voltaire's use of diction and imagery make it seem like the reader is part of the book as well. Although it may be a bit out of the ordinary, it kept my interest and it kept me guessing on what would happen next. It was difficult to get in to, but once I did, it made me want to keep reading to find out the rest of the story and how Candide would end up. It's a great book overall and people should really consider reading this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blackcatno9 | 11/16/2013

    " Possibly one of my favorite books, ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/17/2013

    " Hmmm... Voltaire is satirizing a philosophy which modernity has rejected, and thus this fell pretty flat. There is an appealing money vs. happiness theme as well, which still resonates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Barlow | 7/30/2013

    " First time I had read Voltaire and I enjoyed it greatly. A great read as well as being full of important philosophical insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 7/18/2013

    " Surprisingly hysterical and relevant, and a scant 100 or so pages. Well worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 6/2/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Optimism vs. pessimism, make our garden grow, Utopia not being the answer because people are bored and have nothing to work for. "Il faut cultiver notre jardin." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gill | 1/9/2013

    " I think I need some help understanding this book ........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Jacob | 12/21/2012

    " i don't know why, and maybe it is because my imagination is diluted with much of television's imagery... but i can't help mentally placing the Pythons in the place of all the characters in this book. with a young Michael Palin playing Candide. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela J | 11/18/2012

    " A great ride in French and survives its English translations. Voltaire leaves no stone unturned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Lombardi | 8/11/2012

    " A must read for anyone interested in The Enlightenment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 7/27/2012

    " 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 Danielle | 5/28/2012

    " I thought the book was strange. All of the adventures that Candide must go through just to discover that Cunegonde is no longer beautiful. I understand that it is a satirical piece but some of it was ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/2/2011

    " I taught this as part of a world literature class. It was a challenging book but very interesting. It reminds me of Peer Gynt in its scope. Memorable characters and a lovely ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 6/23/2011

    " Tout est pour le mieux... Dans le meilleur des mondes possibles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Mills | 6/21/2011

    " Selected from my 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (Edited by Peter Boxall) list. "

  • 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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