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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Voltaire Narrator: Tom Whitworth Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Caustic and hilarious, Candide has ranked as one of the world’s great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss.

In the course of his travels in Europe and South America, Candide sees and suffers such misfortune that it is difficult for him to believe that this is “the best of all possible worlds,” as Dr. Pangloss has assured him. It seems to be quite the opposite. In brilliantly skewering such naiveté, Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government—the ideas and forces that permeate and control the lives of men.

After many trials and travails, Candide is reunited with Cunegonde, his sweetheart. He then buys a little farm in Turkey where he and Cunegonde, Dr. Pangloss, and others retire. In the end, Candide decides that the best thing in the world is to cultivate one’s own garden.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael (Tattoogirl Reads) | 1/27/2014

    " This was one of my favorite classics. I thought it was so funny and witty. It was great because it didn't strike you as funny until you'd already moved on to the next section. Then you'd laugh to yourself once you got it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Guilt | 1/22/2014

    " i read it, its really quite light, quick. i believe the main complaint is only that not really knowing of all that much about the Enlightenment i can't really catch on to the satire as someone who's learned on the subject might. parts of it are really funny and overall i get the point of the story but i'm not a really big fan of humorous literature unless its in the vein of something like 'a confederacy of dunces'. i just found Candide to be almost flippant and lacking real substance but maybe that's how satires tend to be? not as good as i was led to believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zé Ricardo | 1/20/2014

    " One of the best, ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Rowe | 12/18/2013

    " What a terrible cover. Fast paced story. Short. Worth the time. "

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About the Narrator

Tom Whitworth is a published author and a narrator. Some of his narrated works include The Lost World, The Wisdom of Father Brown, Candide, and The Metamorphosis, and Other Stories.