Candide and his tutor, Pangloss, travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disastrous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take, and at their eternal and endearing joy at the world and its potential discoveries.Read beautifully by Andrew Sachs.More
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The audio edition brings clarity to the multiplicity of characters and the performance animates each one in a memorable way. To me, this makes the audio version compelling in a much different way from the book.
All of the characters are compelling. The pastiche created by the entirety is what makes the work great.
I have not listened to any other Andrew Sachs performances but plan to.
The book is hilarious and, as a result, horrifying because of the compelling and biting satire ensconced within the clever and brilliant writing.