Candide (version 3)


Read by John Van Stan

(4.6 stars; 26 reviews)

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 readers. Voltaire wrote it in three days, and five or six generations have found that its laughter does not grow old. - Summary by Philip Littell (4 hr 33 min)

Chapters

Introduction 8:31 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide was brought up in a Magnificent Castle, and how he was expelled the… 6:48 Read by John Van Stan
What became of Candide among the Bulgarians 6:20 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide made his escape from the Bulgarians, and what afterwards became of … 5:49 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide found his old Master Pangloss, and what happened to them 9:11 Read by John Van Stan
Tempest, Shipwreck, Earthquake, and what became of Doctor Pangloss, Candide, an… 7:07 Read by John Van Stan
How the Portuguese made a Beautiful Auto-da-fé, to prevent any further Earthqua… 3:28 Read by John Van Stan
How the Old Woman took care of Candide, and how he found the Object he loved 5:44 Read by John Van Stan
The History of Cunegonde 8:00 Read by John Van Stan
What became of Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Jew 4:33 Read by John Van Stan
In what distress Candide, Cunegonde, and the Old Woman arrived at Cadiz; and of… 5:38 Read by John Van Stan
History of the Old Woman 11:12 Read by John Van Stan
The Adventures of the Old Woman continued 11:45 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide was forced away from his fair Cunegonde and the Old Woman 5:55 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide and Cacambo were received by the Jesuits of Paraguay 8:55 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide killed the brother of his dear Cunegonde 5:34 Read by John Van Stan
Adventures of the Two Travellers, with Two Girls, Two Monkeys, and the Savages … 9:29 Read by John Van Stan
Arrival of Candide and his Valet at El Dorado, and what they saw there 9:05 Read by John Van Stan
What they saw in the Country of El Dorado 14:30 Read by John Van Stan
What happened to them at Surinam and how Candide got acquainted with Martin 13:12 Read by John Van Stan
What happened at Sea to Candide and Martin 6:45 Read by John Van Stan
Candide and Martin, reasoning, draw near the Coast of France 5:04 Read by John Van Stan
What happened in France to Candide and Martin 25:56 Read by John Van Stan
Candide and Martin touched upon the Coast of England, and what they saw there 3:50 Read by John Van Stan
Of Paquette and Friar Giroflée 12:42 Read by John Van Stan
The Visit to Lord Pococurante, a Noble Venetian 15:55 Read by John Van Stan
Of a Supper which Candide and Martin took with Six Strangers, and who they were 8:25 Read by John Van Stan
Candide's Voyage to Constantinople 10:02 Read by John Van Stan
What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc. 7:08 Read by John Van Stan
How Candide found Cunegonde and the Old Woman again 3:07 Read by John Van Stan
The Conclusion 13:37 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews

Excellent

(5 stars)

Enough has been written about Candide over the centuries. I found this recording excellent, the narrator gives it 100%; his vocal characterizations are enjoyable and facilitate comprehension.

Fabulous!

(5 stars)

A lot like Gulliver’s Travels. Voltaire’s tale is just as relevant today as the day it was written. Brilliantly read.

incredible!

(5 stars)

The reader made the book come alive. He has a gift and I would love to listen to more books read by him. He had great pacing, appropriate inflection, wonderfully diverse character voices.

(3 stars)

worth a listen - classic satire but many of the themes are almost historical footnotes well narrated

(3 stars)

Excellent narration just didn't like the story to much.