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The Doors of Perception

Written by: Aldous Huxley
Narrated by: Rudolph Schirmer
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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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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short and worth the time

I like the eloquent way Aldus described his experiences. it must have been very controversial at the time

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Amazing!

I very much enjoyed a very well read experience of the mind opening and the consciousness expanding, when Aldous experiences his consciousness merging with an incredible Teaacher Plant. Aldous shares with us his incredible experience while scientifically noting various aspects that expand your minds perception of reality, but also the perception BEAUTY!

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  • Evie Cash
  • 2016-10-13

loved it

not sure why people are complaining about the narrator. I was more focused on the information and the feeling than the voice. Very vivid accounts and observations on the subject. will listen again.

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  • David D Swaintek
  • 2015-05-06

Great voice

Vocal performance was lovely. Mind opening classic. Very relaxing experience. Would highly recommend to any psychonaut. Four more words here.

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  • CW
  • 2012-05-07

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.

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  • Rachel A. Rosson
  • 2015-06-24

Enlightening.

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

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  • mario
  • 2013-07-23

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!

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  • Pierre
  • 2012-09-25

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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  • Diana
  • 2015-07-28

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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  • Idaho Trojan
  • 2015-01-14

Did Jim Morrison misinterpret?

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What I took away ... author was seeking, seeking everything and felt he might find it in a drugged stupor. What he found was that in his drugged condition he did not become or experience anything really new, but he did grow to appreciate the little things ... the chair in his office and all of the things that had to happen in a particular order, particular fashion to make that chair a chair ... the wood from a tree grown over many years, the logger who cut the street, the craftsman who saw the chair in the raw materials, the fabric from overseas, the family that wove the fabric, the farmer that grew the food to feed the craftsman, the logger, the seamstress ... and on and on.

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  • Jedperks
  • 2016-07-13

Good story

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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  • Sam
  • 2015-10-27

great book

love the book and the ideas it discusses. I would highly recommend it to everyone

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