• Candide and Zadig

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-09-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.1 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

These two classic coming-of-age stories by Voltaire parody the romanticism of his day with the ruthless wit that has made him the undisputed master of social commentary.
Candide, which is alternately titled Optimism, is a merciless satire and exposé of the ideas and institutions men live by. In this philosophical fantasy, the naïve Candide comes to witness and to suffer such misfortune that he rejects the philosophy of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss, who claims that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”
Zadig is the story of another optimist—young, rich, beautiful, and engaged to a woman he loves. When his early hopes and assets are destroyed, he embarks on a journey that will systematically explore science, religion, and the military, contributing to each, betrayed by all. Through these trials, he will eventually win the kingdom of Babylon.
Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“A masterful satire on the follies and vices of men.” (Masterpieces of World Literature on Candide)
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By Marje on 06-17-11

Two Beautifully-read Masterpieces

Clive Chafer interprets the satire, humor and wit of Voltaire beautifully. This was a delightful listen!

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By joe on 02-16-18

The Narrator Saps the Joy

What disappointed you about Candide and Zadig?

The narrator saps the joy from the piece, making it unlistenable to

What did you like best about this story?

I've been told it's very good and seemed funny

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Chafer?

Interesting question; probably Johnathan Cecil, he'd get the comedy just right

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