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

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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- CW

Book Details

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