• Cosmic Trigger I

  • Final Secret of the Illuminati
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Senton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The great modern classic of a brilliant rebel's personal exploration into the nature of consciousness.

"Cosmic Trigger deals with a process of deliberately induced brain change. This process is called 'initiation' or 'vision quest' in many traditional societies and can loosely be considered some dangerous variety of self-psychotherapy in modern terminology. I do not recommend it for everybody...briefly, the main thing I learned in my experiments is that 'reality' is always plural and mutable." (Robert Anton Wilson, from the preface)

Narration by Oliver Senton, "Robert Anton Wilson" in Daisy Eris Campbell's stage production of Cosmic Trigger.

Based on The Robert Anton Wilson Trust Authorized Hilaritas Press Edition.

Published by Hilaritas Press.

©1977, 2016 Hilaritas Press, LLC. (P)2017 Hilaritas Press, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"Wilson managed to reverse every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity. I was astonished and delighted." (Philip K. Dick)
"Erudite, witty, and genuinely scary." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Robert Anton Wilson is one of the leading thinkers of the modern age." (Barbara Marx Hubbard, Committee for the Future)

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Great content, bad narrator

I tried to keep an open mind about the narrator, I really did. All I wanted to do was focus on the substance of the book. Unfortunately, I couldn't. If I said the narrator didn't ruin this book for me I'd be lying.

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L(i*i)fe rarely gets better

The narrator’s accent takes a few minutes to get used to. Other than that RAW is Bob at his best. A reminder of the power of a network of love, this page turner zooms along. Sirius-ly great!

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Its the best

If you are at all interested in subjects like psychology, conspiracy theory, the occult, hypnotism, yoga, science, religion Etc, then this is the book for you. Excellently written by Robert Anton Wilson the book will leave you fully engaged for the entire time that you are listening to it.

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SO much fun to listen to!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cosmic Trigger I to be better than the print version?

I'm a huge RAW fan, and love this book SO much that it would be tough for me to NOT like the audio book. I reread it every few years, and listening to it is a whole new experience!

What did you like best about this story?

It takes you right into "Chapel Perilous" and transforms your world view starting from page 1.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Senton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He does a delightfully bad NY/Philly/Boston/Grouch Marx accent, with British pronunciations. It's a little distracting, but he has so much enthusiasm for the material it is only a minor setback. In the end, probably more fun than a straight read.

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

yes! but it's worth savoring and relistening to...

Any additional comments?

loved it.

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Many insightful details explaing the science and philosophy behind the Illuminatus Trilogy. You need to read the Trilogy first to truly appreciate this back story to its fullest.

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A nexus of weird

I suspect RAWs writing will infuriate some readers as he hops between being a skeptic, a heirophant, a seeker and a finder, a trickster and a supplicant for enlightenment. A mad collection of counter-culture icons appear and disappear, beliefs are sampled from an AYCE buffet. Is it nourishment? Dunno, but RAW was certainly full of it whatever it was.

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RAW is simply Illuminating!

Robert Anton Wilson was and is a highly significant contributer and communicator of a wide array of occult wisdom. This book is a brilliant jumping on point for those just beginning their journey and those seeking perspective on their journey.

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Illuminaughty 😌

There was a lot of fascinating information and stories in here related to consciousness and the occult. He lost me a bit a few times when he went into the more science-y stuff including the life extension stuff, however, most of the book was a real “page turner” and it got the wheels of my mind going with new ideas for things to read and experiments to embark upon. The writer of this review is currently doing the experiment where you can’t use the word “I” in conversations and it’s led to some funny and awkward results so far. Definitely would recommend it!

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Old News

I read the 3 Illuminati books way back when they were published, remember finding them great fun. Thought maybe this book had a new overview take on those books. Uh-uh. This one is a boring story of the same old thing.

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A True Treasure

What a book!

Great graduate level introduction to the world of occult. For the 101 course see "Bob Wilson Explains The World".

My best advice is to ignore the future predictions as best you can. The rest of the info can change you forever in the best way. The predictive dates are prevalent and incorrect.

I live this man and this book. We all love Luna ❤

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  • 05-08-20

Great book, annoying narration

Great book and really enjoying the story. The narration for the most part is really good but for most of the book anytime he utters any "er" sound it turns into "oy" like some cheap movie gangster.

One such sentence "the soytified sages of sanctified consoyvitism"

I get that he's trying to sound like Wilson but it takes away from an otherwise great narration and takes the listener out of the story. The rest of the time I've felt really engaged and towards the later part of it he scales it back

The story itself is really interesting though and was worth the purchase so I'd soytainly recommend it to people

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  • Si
  • 01-05-21

Watcha matta wichu?

If you yearn for the shallow pseudo-political ramblings of a narcissistic pot-head ex Playboy editor delivered in the style of a 50s Mafia underboss then I guarantee you'll love this audiobook.

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  • 10-15-20

RAW

Masterpiece. Simple as that. RAW would be amazed by the 21st century so far 😎. Peace ✌️

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  • Chris Healey
  • 03-20-19

Fascinating, candid & engaging

I’d read this many years ago, one of my favourite books so I was happy to revisit it on audible. The performance is really good, very reminiscent of RAW himself & conveys the authenticity and character of the text. Even if you’re skeptical of the ideas presented, he is too so there’s still plenty to enjoy. Belief is not the point.

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  • mr s l white
  • 04-20-22

Interesting and emotional

Excellent read, thought provoking and entertaining. I’ve listened to this book twice now and enjoyed it the 2nd time round just as much.

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  • Paul
  • 02-23-22

RAW rocks

Been meaning to read this for years. It didn't disappoint

Wilson writing is both intriguing and bewildering

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  • Ryan Bray
  • 06-10-20

Mad!

Crazy, riveting, mind bending and heart breaking. this book has given me a lot to think about.

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  • Mr M Leake
  • 07-27-18

Profound Truth

Superb, classic speaks the truth on every level. Required listening for illuminoids,spooks, occultists, mystics and seekers of truth on every plane.

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  • Cal E.
  • 04-08-18

"Is a god to live in a dog?" 23 Smi2le

An insightful trip for the inquisitive through an enigmatic discordians experiences. Worth listening to multiple times, a credit well spent.

Kudos to the narrator.

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  • Mr D Kingaby
  • 02-03-18

Illuminations

A wonderful journey through the 1960/70s counter occulture featuring Tim Leary, Alan Watts, Ken Campbell and The Illuminates. RAW describes his personal progression through magick and conciousness changing practice with heart and humour. A great read.

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  • Conor O'Dea
  • 07-26-20

Sit back and enjoy the ride

As always, RAW delivers a riot of ideas. You’ll laugh, be bewildered and be amazed. Enjoy, especially when taken with pinches of salt according to personal taste.