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True Hallucinations

Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise
Written by: Terence McKenna
Narrated by: Al Kessel
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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This mesmerizing, surreal account of the bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, is a wild ride of exotic experience and scientific inquiry. Exploring the Amazon Basin in search of mythical shamanic hallucinogens, they encounter a host of unusual characters - including a mushroom, a flying saucer, pirate Mantids from outer space, an appearance by James and Nora Joyce in the guise of poultry, and translinguistic matter - and discover the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language.

©1993 Terence McKenna (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Benjamin Gillum
  • 04-04-19

A Good background of Terence’s life

I enjoyed this story, it went into depths of their voyage in la churera that I had never heard. I can’t give the narrator 5 stars because I’m so used to hearing Terence talk and no one can really fill his shoes.

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  • Dom
  • 20-03-19

I didn't like the narrator.

It is a shame Terence could not have recorded the audio himself. It's an interesting story, let down by the wrong voice.

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  • Charlotte
  • 12-01-20

Unbelievable! and yet...

Um. Wow. Gotta say I totally recommend listening to this book... Is it a description of possibility, cutting through a few too many veils, ethnobotany, anthropology of consciousness, a view of the close past and future, an adventure tale, partial eclipse of madness returned with gifts...I don't know how many people could get through a written version of this...I listened with my mouth frequently hanging open or saying whaaaaatttt even though I am familiar with most of the key words in here. Uhhhh. Wow. If anything, Terrence McKenna is a frontiersman in Western culture. Jingies!!!!

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  • Dude Man
  • 29-03-20

Great book, initially annoying narrator

The narrator was hard to listen to at first because he seemed to be trying too hard, having a clearly perceptible pattern of tones in his speech, but after a few chapters, he settles into a more natural pattern. Terence Mckenna, of course, was a brilliant guy whose words are always a delight

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  • Shane
  • 20-03-20

Mind Blowing!!

His journey was inspiring and crazy detailed. I will listen to it again. I would recommend this book to all who has an expanding mind. Who wants to hear about sphycedelics on a whole new level. My favorite book under sphycedelics!!

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  • Hans Robles
  • 17-02-20

Great book. A must Reading

Great book!! I did have to skim back on a couple of chapters to grasp the scientific explanations of Dennis Mckenna.

Is a must read if you have not seen the Movie about the Book, played by Jim Carrey.

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  • Oscar Mikolajczyk
  • 11-01-20

One of its kind!

Terence McKenna knows how to set up the story for you. Instead of jumping right into his accounts, the book sets up the entire setting, and relationships between the group very well. This makes for a more intimate listen and feel for the author. I respect Terence McKenna's work since he had less conventional approach to his studies and research. His and the group's accounts of the strange things happening between them are very revealing. I wish there were of his books on here. Must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-20

probably delusional ideas. but who's to say

very amusing to follow along this exploratory trip and the progression of their unusual, likely delusional, thoughts as they plunge deeper into unorthodox ways of thinking fueled by psychedelic drugs

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  • patrick
  • 21-11-19

Definitely worth a listen.

loved it. always a big fan of Terrence. Can't wait to eat some more shrooms. Im going to the Amazon!

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  • PNW Prime
  • 18-08-19

very very heavy, complicated ideas

probably better in written form with study guide, diagrams and a reference manual at you side

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  • mazon nonbinary lover
  • 06-10-19

bloody crazy

if you have taken large doses of magic mushrooms you will probably be able to relate to some parts of these spectacular stories, rest in piece Terrance, a true pioneer

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  • Charlie Crome
  • 14-02-20

great book, horrible reader

this book is an amazing window into McKenna's world, but the book is let down by the unlistenably bad reading.