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The Sandman

By: Neil Gaiman,Dirk Maggs
Narrated by: Riz Ahmed,Kat Dennings,Taron Egerton,Neil Gaiman,James McAvoy,Samantha Morton,Bebe Neuwirth,Andy Serkis,Michael Sheen
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Occultists perform a ritual to capture Death
Dream readies himself for a visit to Hell
The Corinthian makes a phone call
Death isn’t happy with Dream
Dream identifies the demon he seeks
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  • Occultists perform a ritual to capture Death
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  • Dream readies himself for a visit to Hell
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  • The Corinthian makes a phone call
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  • Death isn’t happy with Dream
  • The Sandman
  • Dream identifies the demon he seeks

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They wanted the power of Death but got the nightmare of Dream

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Summary

Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. Just like the original graphic novels, this audio adaptation contains explicit language and graphic violence, as well as strong sexual content and themes. Discretion is advised.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times Magazine as “the greatest epic in the history of comic books”, The Sandman changed the game with its dark, literary world of fantasy and horror - creating a global, cultural phenomenon in the process. At long last, Audible and DC present the first-ever audio production of the New York Times best-selling series written by acclaimed storyteller Neil Gaiman (who also serves as co-executive producer). Adapted and directed by multi-award-winner (and frequent Gaiman collaborator) Dirk Maggs, and performed by an ensemble cast with James McAvoy (It, Parts One and Two, X-Men: First Class, Split) in the title role, this first installment of a multi-part original audio series will transport you to a world that re-writes the rules of audio entertainment the way that The Sandman originally re-defined the graphic novel. 

When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus - the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination - is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (Arthur Darvill), and many more. 

A powerhouse supporting cast helps translate this masterwork into a sonic experience worthy of its legacy, including Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and more. Setting the stage for their performance is an unprecedented cinematic soundscape featuring an original musical score by British Academy Award winner James Hannigan. Fans will especially revel in a new twist for the audio adaptation: Neil Gaiman himself serves as the narrator. Follow him as he leads listeners along a winding path of myths, imagination and, often, terror. Even in your wildest dreams, you’ve never heard anything like this.

©2020 DC. All Rights Reserved. The Sandman and all related elements are trademarks of DC Comics. (P)2020 DC Comics and Audible

Critic reviews

"James McAvoy leads an all-star cast in narrating this magnificent audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series, The Sandman.... As listeners are swept up in a saga in which cats talk and nightmares walk, McAvoy's steady characterization reminds them that it’s all in a day's work for him. While the cast members are exquisite, special mention goes to the production staff. The sound effects are immersive, and there is a wonderful cinematic score. This audio drama is compelling. Listeners won’t be able to pause once they hit play." (AudioFile magazine)

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I don’t get this

I think you need to know or understand this genre to enjoy this book. It’s fragmented to me, just weird but obviously very much appreciated by folk with a better understanding.

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SO NOISY!!

Obviously this is a classic - as a huge Neil Gaiman fan I was excited to listen to it in Audible form. But a combination of manic sound effects, shrieking narration and terrible music made it intolerable. So disappointing.

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Awesome!

This is an awesome audio book. A must listen for anyone who likes the following things:
Neil Gaiman
DC Vertigo Comics
DC Comics
Sandman
The dreaming
Meta horror
Lucifer TV/ comic series
Constantine
Gothic genre
Fable stories

If you like one or all of these things; like me you’ll love it too.


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For graphic novel fans only

If you like graphic novels, you'll like this.
If, like me, you like a well written book, don't bother.

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Amazing, but...

As a long time fan of Gaiman and especially of The Sandman, i loved the adaptation, despite the fact that McAvoy it's not what i imagined as Morpheus, since i always imagined the Lord of Dreams with a very deep, rasp voice, bordering on the uninterested and inhuman, and James brings a tone of humanity to it. Not bad, but certainly not what many imagined for Morpheus.
Let's just be straight and be honest, I'm a huge admirer of Neil, but making him the full narrator of the audiobook, was it a good idea? Gaiman is a good narrator, mind you, but i think someone else would have been a good choice.
Overall i loved it. Good to see a new take on one of the most amazing histories ever created.

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Unless you get Neil Gaiman, dont get this.

The performance is brilliant, 1st class. But the story is all over the shop, jumps from one thing to another sometimes without explanation and was too difficultly to understand and follow. Fragmented is maybe the best word to describe it.

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Blisteringly faithful

This is pretty much a faultlessly faithful adaptation - almost everything is recreated word for word, with the occasional bit of extra foreshadowing and added lines from Gaiman’s narrator to replace the comic’s visuals. So, if you’re wanting to hear the original graphic novel brought to exacting life, this is probably the thing for you - and although it is very good at doing the aforementioned, I sort of ended up wondering what the point of such a faithful adaptation was overall...?

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Fantastic

Just brilliant, absolutely fulfils expectations. Cool, funny and terrifying as hell. Acting is second-to-none, and the adaptation to audio drama is wonderful. Music is great but can be a little intrusive and loud at times, but doesn't detract overall. Essential for Gaiman fans, highly recommended for everyone else.

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wonderful

this is the only book I've ever pre ordered and it was worth every penny

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wow!!!

this is so well done, i knew it would be great but it has blown my expectations out of the water. amazing performance

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