The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena

Read by Phil Benson

(4.7 stars; 192 reviews)

As skeptics dismissed other-worldly phenomena as the stuff of legend, trickery or delusion, nineteenth-century 'occult science' set out to explain them scientifically. Here, C. W. Leadbeater maps out the scenery and inhabitants of the astral plane, accounting along the way for phenomena such as the journey of the soul after death, magic and sorcery, vampires and werewolves, pixies, gnomes and fairies, ghosts and shades, and communication with the departed in the seance room. A leading figure in the Theosophical movement after the death of Madame Blavatsky, Leadbeater was reincarnated in Stockport, Cheshire, (now part of Greater Manchester) after an unusually long spell of 2,300 years in the heaven-world. Ordained as an Anglican clergyman, he became a prolific author on theosophical topics. His theosophical studies took him to Ceylon and Australia, where he was the spiritual leader of the Manor commune in Sydney, which still exists today. - Summary by Phil Benson (3 hr 29 min)


Preface and Introduction 15:04 Read by Phil Benson
Scenery 21:51 Read by Phil Benson
Inhabitants - Human 56:48 Read by Phil Benson
Inhabitants - Non-human 46:49 Read by Phil Benson
Inhabitants - Artificial 30:35 Read by Phil Benson
Phenomena and Conclusion 38:38 Read by Phil Benson


5 stars!

(5 stars)

this is one of the most informative and interesting books Librivox has to offer. there should definitely be more Theosophy and esoteric subjects available. great reading.

the astral plane

(5 stars)

Very interesting , detailed information relating to a spiritual journey we all have made and will continue to make , I have listened to this book quite a few times and find it relaxing an interesting point of view and a change from the conventional dogma of most western religions.

interesting summary

(4.5 stars)

This is a good relatively accessible, digestible summary of some of the things I’ve listen to on, which I also highly recommend. I found this very intriguing.

Such important insight!

(4.5 stars)

A fantastic journey through the various planes of existence and opens the readers mind to such a high level of insights.

this was more informative than I was expecting. highly recommended if one is in…

(5 stars)


(4 stars)

So many details that you have to reread a few times

very good

(5 stars)

very clear reading and voice. thanks

just no

(2 stars)

I can only assume this is a computer voice, otherwise it's a lady with perfect pronunciation yet atrocious cadence and sense of emphasis, stressing every other word as if a child. My mind is unable to concentrate on this speech pattern, and I can't support this choice becoming more prevalent in the future. 2 stars rather than 1 because I have no opinion on the actual content of the book.