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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aldous Huxley Narrator: Rudolph Schirmer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”

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  • “There is nothing the pen of Huxley touches which it does not illuminate, and as the record of a highly civilized, brilliantly articulate man under the influence of an astonishing drug, The Doors of Perception is a tour de force.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “You can look at Aldous Huxley and draw parallels with the Beatles…with The Doors of Perception his full-blown Sergeant Pepper trip. Like the Beatles, Huxley had so many ideas in his head that it was natural he would want to expand and experiment. What drugs provided for them both was not escape, but reevaluation.”

    Times (London)

  • The Doors of Perception is a poignant book, partly because it reveals the human frailties and yearnings of a very cerebral writer.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Sometimes a writer has to revisit the classics, and here we find that ‘gonzo journalism’—gutsy first-person accounts wherein the author is part of the story—didn’t originate with Hunter S. Thompson or Tom Wolfe. Aldous Huxley took some mescaline and wrote about it some ten or twelve years earlier than those others. The book he came up with is part bemused essay and part mystical treatise—‘suchness’ is everywhere to be found while under the influence. This is a good example of essay writing, journal keeping, and the value of controversy—always—in one’s work.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily | 2/19/2014

    " This book changed my life a little bit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Phillyclaude | 2/18/2014

    " This book stinks. It's a mix of unexplained eastern philosophy references, and incorrect scientific information "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fathermocker | 2/15/2014

    " Meh, el mero retrato de un viaje de mezcalina. Interesante, pero no tiene mucho valor literario. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/13/2014

    " After reading this, I really want to experiment with mescaline. Unfortunately, I'm 99.9% sure it would give me the giantest panic attack ever. *sadface* "

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