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The Doors of Perception Audiobook
The Doors of Perception
Written by: 
Aldous Huxley
Narrated by: 
Rudolph Schirmer
The Doors of Perception Audiobook

The Doors of Perception

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The critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley, describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience. The title of this classic comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern."

©1954 Aldous Huxley; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    mario WALLKILL, NY, United States 07-23-13
    mario WALLKILL, NY, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic work on exploration of consciousness"
    What did you love best about The Doors of Perception?

    a gateway to expanded consciousness without drugs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The reader! His voice is beautiful and deep, and puts me in a meditative state.


    What does Rudolph Schirmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That perfect voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, but 2 or 3 would do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in higher consciousness. Just listening will get you there without drugs!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CW Draper, UT 05-07-12
    CW Draper, UT 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Doors of Perception the most enjoyable?

    This was an interesting listen. Not very long. It was insightful to hear someone talk about the benefits of having our perception altered chemically. Maybe some of these very old cultures had a point.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre 09-25-12
    Pierre 09-25-12
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    "Good for those interested in 'trip reports'"
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    If you're interested in eloquent descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences, this is a good listen. Although, I had some trouble connecting to the narrator, a little too slow for my liking. For this kind of text I much prefer the more 'scientific' sounding voice of DMT-The Spirit Molecule.

    But never the less a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jedperks 07-13-16
    Jedperks 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    interesting story which I really enjoyed my only complaint I guess would be the reader was kind of boring and I found myself thinking about his breathing a lot. Every time he took a breath sounded like you needed to clear his throat or something

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    Zachary 04-23-16
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    "obviously, it's a must read"

    obviously a must read for anyone even remotely interested. the Tibetan book of the Dead as well

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    J. Andrews 03-31-16
    J. Andrews 03-31-16
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    "Quality description of the magic of entheogens"

    Good stuff for any spiritual seeker or psychedelic connessuier interested in the effects of mescaline described by a smart and insightful man.

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    kris 03-18-16
    kris 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Respectable Doctor"

    This guy is one of the so called elites and looked up to him by the elites.
    for him to do this is big and totally underrated.
    to uderstand what he did is huge and the things he describes is perfect and unfortunately falls short of those who are innocent to these plants.

    He does put alcohol down alot and goes as far as saying when evrything you believe in doesnt do its job for the day, turning ro alcohol is the alternative in society.

    the proposed to have a safer more enlightening drug of choice so society can go to instead of dangers of alcohol and cigarettes.

    this might be a boring book to those who arnt looking for truths. Really though, this should be taught and not swept under the rug.

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    Sam 10-27-15
    Sam 10-27-15
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    love the book and the ideas it discusses. I would highly recommend it to everyone

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    Diana 07-28-15
    Diana 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "An intellectual turning of ideas . . . not for"

    everyone . . . a tad boring . . .

    Aldous Huxley holds forth using his experience in an altered state as the center of his intellectual examination of the place of altered experiences in "todays" world. (1950s)

    If you want to read every book on Consciousness you can get your hands on you might find this as a "To Do" item on a checklist.

    But, I found this book boring and was glad The Doors of Perception was shorter than most books.

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    Rachel A. Rosson 06-24-15
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    "Enlightening."

    A great read for the open minded individual willing to learn about one man's unconventional journey.

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