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The Doors of Perception | [Aldous Huxley]

The Doors of Perception

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."
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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 2013
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 09-25-12
    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 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.

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    Charles W Towt Draper, UT 05-07-12
    Charles W Towt Draper, UT 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.


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    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 03-05-11
    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 03-05-11
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    "I couldn't get through it."

    Many people take drugs as a means to get more insight into themselves or the divine. While taking drugs must be a blast (I wouldn't know), having someone sit down and meticulously write down every single sensation they feel after taking mescaline, and then prefacing that with a long, academic discussion on the history of the drug and its uses....well, frankly, it was putting me to sleep. It's a highly cerebral book, perhaps too cerebral for me because my mind kept wandering as I listened and eventually I gave up. I'd have rather just taken mescaline myself than listen to 10 hours of someone else's slow trip.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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