Candide

  • by Voltaire
  • Narrated by Jeff Moon
  • 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever since 1759, when Voltaire wrote Candide in ridicule of the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds, this world has been a gayer place for audiences. Voltaire wrote it in three days, and five or six generations have found that its laughter does not grow old.
Candide has not aged. Yet how different the book would have looked if Voltaire had written it 150 later than 1759. It would have been, among other things, a book of sights and sounds. A modern writer would have tried to catch and fix in words some of those Atlantic changes which broke the Atlantic monotony of that voyage from Cadiz to Buenos Ayres. When Martin and Candide were sailing the length of the Mediterranean, we should have had a contrast between naked scarped Balearic cliffs and headlands of Calabria in their mists.
Many propagandist satirical books have been written with Candide in mind, but not too many. Today, especially, when new faiths are changing the structure of the world, faiths which are still plastic enough to be deformed by every disciple, each disciple for himself, and which have not yet received the final deformation known as universal acceptance, today Candide is an inspiration to every narrative satirist who hates one of these new faiths, or hates every interpretation of it but his own. Either hatred will serve as a motive to satire.
That is why the present is one of the right moments to republish Candide. I hope it will inspire younger men and women, the only ones who can be inspired, to have a try at Theodore, or Militarism; Jane, or Pacifism; at So-and-So, the Pragmatist or the Freudian. And I hope, too, that they will without trying hold their pens with an 18th-century lightness, not inappropriate to a philosophic tale. In Voltaire's fingers, as Anatole France has said, the pen runs and laughs.

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Still A Great Story

This story was required reading in two of my English classes. High school and college. It is still a great story. the satire is not lost on this generation. To me, it is even more appropriate. If more young people put their minds into books they would have less time to think up the stupid violence that they seem prone to think up. I got this book via audiobook boom
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- Amazon CustomerBeliever

"All is for the best . . ."

So is the teaching that Candide had bestowed upon him by his tutor. Pangloss. Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron,Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world after falling in love with the Baron's daughter. This sets Candide and his companions on a rollicking course of various adventures around the world which sorely test the young hero's optimism.

If you skipped over this as required reading in school, I would highly recommend that you listen to this audio version as Jeff Moon does a fantastic job of narrating this classic tale. A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2017
  • Publisher: Troy Audio