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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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Um, interesting

This was my first Huxley book so I probably didn't fully appreciate it but I still found it to have some interesting ideas. I felt the description about how the drug affects you at the start and the ideas for changing society at the end were great. The middle didn't really make a lot of sense to me.

The narrator was OK but I found the inhale sound after a lot of sentences irritating.

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Loved the End

started a bit nebulous for me. but the end was oh so epic ! I get why this book is a classic

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hard to listen to/follow along

this audiobook was fairly hard to listen to. most of the time I had a hard time following along with the 'story' it felt like someone with a really monotone voice was reading me a textbook. some parts were interesting though. I think it was a mixture of my vocabulary, the authors use of wording/words themselves and the narrator. I would need to listen to this multiple times to understand it fully.

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Classic

Delve into the world through the eyes of aldous Huxley after his famous mescaline trip.

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We must be adventurous to grow.

We must be adventurous to grow because it is in the unknown that we find new answers that challenges our preconceived ideas of what is important.
This book is as important as ever, infact more so because right now we need innovation which ultimately involves a different perspective. Doors of perception illustrates this point well.

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  • Evie Cash
  • 13-10-2016

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
  • 06-05-2015

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
  • 07-05-2012

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
  • 24-06-2015

Enlightening.

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

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  • mario
  • 23-07-2013

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
  • 25-09-2012

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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  • PNW Prime
  • 14-01-2015

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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  • Diana
  • 28-07-2015

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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  • Colin Shannon
  • 07-03-2021

Interesting subject made boring.

The author is long-winded and pretentious. He rarely says anything of significance and when he does, he could have expressed it much more simply and clearly. I sense that he was making a show of his intellectualism to distance himself from common drug users. Not a joy to read.

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  • Jedperks
  • 13-07-2016

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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