The Doors of Perception

  • by Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by Rudolph Schirmer
  • 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.
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- Amber

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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- mario

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.