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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 storytelle 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 twisting path of myths, imagination and, often, terror. Even in your wildest dreams, you’ve never heard anything like this.


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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 storytelle 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 twisting path of myths, imagination and, often, terror. Even in your wildest dreams, you’ve never heard anything like this.

30 review for The Sandman Audiobook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    So much fun! I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, I listen to them all the time – more than music or podcasts, but not so much a full cast production. So I was a little hesitant to start this Audible original. But I loved the Sandman comics and graphic novels, really enjoy most anything by Neil Gaiman and am also a DC comics fan. So off I went. The music, sound effects and multiple players added to the enjoyment of this production. Many talented voice actors and all delivering Gaiman’s splendidly surreal So much fun! I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, I listen to them all the time – more than music or podcasts, but not so much a full cast production. So I was a little hesitant to start this Audible original. But I loved the Sandman comics and graphic novels, really enjoy most anything by Neil Gaiman and am also a DC comics fan. So off I went. The music, sound effects and multiple players added to the enjoyment of this production. Many talented voice actors and all delivering Gaiman’s splendidly surreal art. I especially loved the many references to DC comic characters and am again enamored with the Sandman universe being connected to the larger DC universe. Probably best for fans, this is still an exceptional work that most listeners of this genre will appreciate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 4.35 *** "...“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?” ― Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes..." This is a very moody read for sure. It has those bleak and dark overtones, which I kind of expected, but it is a bit more... surreal than I thought. However, I am really liking the audio adaptation and can't wait to see what happens... It is like a series of short stories and it is easy going. I am planning on checking out the comic books too ".. *** 4.35 *** "...“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?” ― Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes..." This is a very moody read for sure. It has those bleak and dark overtones, which I kind of expected, but it is a bit more... surreal than I thought. However, I am really liking the audio adaptation and can't wait to see what happens... It is like a series of short stories and it is easy going. I am planning on checking out the comic books too "...“I only have two kinds of dreams: the bad and the terrible. Bad dreams I can cope with. They're just nightmares, and the end eventually. I wake up. The terrible dreams are the good dreams. In my terrible dreams, everything is fine. I am still with the company. I still look like me. None of the last five years ever happened. Sometimes I'm married. Once I even had kids. I even knew their names. Everything's wonderful and normal and fine. And then I wake up, and I'm still me. And I'm still here. And that is truly terrible.” ― Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes..." Very psychedelic:):):):):) I enjoyed it and am interested if they make more of the series into audio. Loved that there were so many different little stories, and still there were common threads... The one with the Muse was very disturbing. I think my favorite one was about Rose Walker and her brother... I loved the one with the cats also. I really enjoyed most of them, some more than others. Glad I got to read them:) "...“We don't have a clue what's really going down, we just kid ourselves that we're in control of our lives while a paper's thickness away things that would drive us mad if we thought about them for too long play with us, and move us around from room to room, and put us away at night when they're tired, or bored.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Doll's House..." I recommend it to all fans of Gaiman and DC Comics:) "...“I'm not blessed, or merciful. I'm just me. I've got a job to do, and I do it. Listen: even as we're talking, I'm there for old and young, innocent and guilty, those who die together and those who die alone. I'm in cars and boats and planes; in hospitals and forests and abbatoirs. For some folks death is a release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them.” ― Neil Gaiman, Dream Country..."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn F

    Uuuuggg, four or five stars? How to judge! This masterfully rewritten, directed and crafted full cast audio version of the first Sandman comics (I’ve lent my first four to a friend so I can’t actually check if it’s two or three books) is so well done productionwise that it earns it five stars right there. My reason for wanting to rate it four stars is that it doesn’t reach the brilliance of the actual comics. My main and personal complaint is all the dramatic, descriptive music, but such is this Uuuuggg, four or five stars? How to judge! This masterfully rewritten, directed and crafted full cast audio version of the first Sandman comics (I’ve lent my first four to a friend so I can’t actually check if it’s two or three books) is so well done productionwise that it earns it five stars right there. My reason for wanting to rate it four stars is that it doesn’t reach the brilliance of the actual comics. My main and personal complaint is all the dramatic, descriptive music, but such is this media I suppose. Reading the comics was a much calmer, and preferable experience, imo, where I was able to dwell on pages and images and facial expressions and let that move me. I couldn’t really be moved in that way here, with this dramatized reading. I did laugh out loud a few times, though, especially Taron Egerton’s Constantine was all kinds of lovable. The whole cast is brilliant for sure. I’d always recommend the comics first and foremost, they’re a far more emotive, reflecting and wholesome experience, but as a whole the transference from comic to audio could not possibly have been better, so I have to grant it those five stars. Well done to everyone involved, and I look forward to the next part.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Recently, I have become fascinated by the comparisons of the mediums of comics and audiobooks. When a graphic novel is adapted to an audioplay, it makes for an interested mixture of visuals in one's mind with listening to actors playing out the story. Audible's high-quality version of the classic Neil Gaiman fantasy series Sandman, is the ultimate adaptation in this regard. Dirk Maggs has done an exceptional job of turning every single story into another medium with real voices bringing this epi Recently, I have become fascinated by the comparisons of the mediums of comics and audiobooks. When a graphic novel is adapted to an audioplay, it makes for an interested mixture of visuals in one's mind with listening to actors playing out the story. Audible's high-quality version of the classic Neil Gaiman fantasy series Sandman, is the ultimate adaptation in this regard. Dirk Maggs has done an exceptional job of turning every single story into another medium with real voices bringing this epic to life. On that front, the main criticism seems to be that he was too faithful to the source material. Pretty much everything that happened in those issues happens exactly the same. It's all canon. To be honest, though I love Sandman, I have always felt that the first book 'Preludes and Nocturnes' makes for a slow start. The primary problem is that Gaiman didn't quite know what his opus was going to be yet; it is sometimes more horror than fantasy for example. The worst sin of all is that it takes place in the DC Universe. It's one thing to take up obscure horror/fantasy elements from old comics, which often fits well (Destiny, Kirby's Sandman, anthology hosts Cain and Abel...), and it's another thing to start name-dropping the Justice League and a special appearance by the Martian Manhunter. The latter doesn't work, and I wish it wasn't included in this edition. But it's canon, it's there, and it's as well done as possible all things considering. That said, Sandman truly becomes a masterpiece by the time Death shows up and the complex Doll's House storyline begins. The acting, the sound effects, all exceptional storytelling that shows Gaiman's scriptwriting is perfect in any medium. It also behooves me to mention the last chapter is A Midsummer Night's Dream from Sandman # 19, the tale that won the World Fantasy Award in 1991. Leaving on that note leaves the listener satisfied and makes up for any early bumps along the way... Lastly, James McAvoy's Dream of the Endless isn't whispery voice I imagined but that's okay. There are many interpretations and his bold kingly take is eminently valid. There's also Neil himself who narrates much of the exposition, he has a nice voice and is experienced at public readings but I'd still like it if they hired another announcer. Still that's the fun of reading a book and seeing the movie--exploring another take of a well-crafted story! All versions still count. I certainly hope they continue these until the end of the entire saga

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle F

    Chantal is having a relationship with a sentence. Just one of those things. A chance meeting that grew into something important for the both of them. Solidly satisfying adaptation of one of my favourite graphic novels! This was a delightful way to revisit Dream. This first volume tells, mostly, the tale of Morpheus (the powerful personification of dream) after he escapes a decades-long captivity. He must, in a quest-type fashion, regain his objects of power, muster his strength, and begin sett Chantal is having a relationship with a sentence. Just one of those things. A chance meeting that grew into something important for the both of them. Solidly satisfying adaptation of one of my favourite graphic novels! This was a delightful way to revisit Dream. This first volume tells, mostly, the tale of Morpheus (the powerful personification of dream) after he escapes a decades-long captivity. He must, in a quest-type fashion, regain his objects of power, muster his strength, and begin setting the long neglected Dreaming back into order. It is dark and gritty and so much fun. While I generally feel that nothing could match the original graphic novel presentation, Gaiman and the team involved clearly put a huge amount of careful effort into this iteration and it shows. I'd absolutely recommend it all around (to adult audiences), and most especially for curious readers who don't love comics. So very pleased to have this in my audiobook collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    ***Free to listen to on Audible. Seems to be an international offer now(previously said U.S. only)! Ends Oct. 22, 2021.*** The announcement of this Audible adaptation of The Sandman was what finally nudged me into giving Audible a go (a good decision so far) but prior to its release I decided that I wanted to read the series in it's entirety before I started this, something that I think worked well for me. I still have my own interpretations of the characters, but this builds beautifully on that. ***Free to listen to on Audible. Seems to be an international offer now(previously said U.S. only)! Ends Oct. 22, 2021.*** The announcement of this Audible adaptation of The Sandman was what finally nudged me into giving Audible a go (a good decision so far) but prior to its release I decided that I wanted to read the series in it's entirety before I started this, something that I think worked well for me. I still have my own interpretations of the characters, but this builds beautifully on that. I would have listened to this faster, but certain chapters I would delay -- for example, I made a point to listen to 24 Hours during the day, when I had time to shake it off a bit. It was brilliant but awful, not something that I wanted to be playing in my head right before I was trying to get to sleep! James McAvoy was superb. Dream has become yet another iconic character he has perfectly captured. I also really liked Kat Dennings' take on Death. Riz Ahmed as the Corinthian was almost too good. Creepy as hell without overdoing it. The more I listened, the more he got under my skin. I did not enjoy the eating sound effects-- already a sound I dislike, but add to that the all too clear mental image of the Corinthian's choice of food and it was almost unbearable. That's a compliment in this context! Collectors was one of my my favourite issues, and I loved (yet hated) listening to it. I also thought Neil Gaiman's narration was wonderful. I'm incredibly pleased to see they will be continuing with this, with the second being released later this year.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Very satisfying. Mind you, I've read the comics several times through, so I was apprehensive about how well it would have transformed into an audiobook format. Fortunately, it worked brilliantly. I'm sure it required a great deal of re-imagining for the format, but this should come as no surprise since it will soon come out as a TV SERIES!!!! Wooo! But back to the story. This only takes on the narrative through the Midsummer Night's Tale. We can all expect more, later. Just imagine. The lord of stor Very satisfying. Mind you, I've read the comics several times through, so I was apprehensive about how well it would have transformed into an audiobook format. Fortunately, it worked brilliantly. I'm sure it required a great deal of re-imagining for the format, but this should come as no surprise since it will soon come out as a TV SERIES!!!! Wooo! But back to the story. This only takes on the narrative through the Midsummer Night's Tale. We can all expect more, later. Just imagine. The lord of stories, of narrative, of dream. For all of you who have never read the comics and think you might like to get introduced to this? Definitely. Listen away. It only gives you a taste of the full tale, but it's very, very fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    exploraDora

    ***5 stars*** The audiobook version of these graphic novels is absolutely brilliant and deserves all the stars!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    When I'm a fan, I'm a FAN (meaning I can read the same story several times and enjoy reading it in different formats). And Gaiman's The Sandman certainly is a series to gush over. Sure, the art of the graphic novels often is downright ugly, but it somehow grows on you and usually fits the story. So when I heard that there would be an audiobook adaptation, I was simultaneously elated and dubious. Why dubious? Well, the story is agraphic novel - Gaiman thought it out and designed it as one so it w When I'm a fan, I'm a FAN (meaning I can read the same story several times and enjoy reading it in different formats). And Gaiman's The Sandman certainly is a series to gush over. Sure, the art of the graphic novels often is downright ugly, but it somehow grows on you and usually fits the story. So when I heard that there would be an audiobook adaptation, I was simultaneously elated and dubious. Why dubious? Well, the story is agraphic novel - Gaiman thought it out and designed it as one so it was written in a way that the story is told half through Gaimans wonderful wordsmithery and half through the art. But in an audiobook, you don't have any art. Hm. In the end, what won me over was also the impressive cast that had a few of my favourite actors playing key roles - and Gaiman himself being the narrator. And let me tell you that it was absolutely worth it! This first part encompasses the first 4 volumes of comics so there will be more (yay). We are introduced to Morpheus, see him live through decades of captivity, what him being missing does to our universe, meet his siblings as well as some other well-known DC characters, witness mind-bending events in different realms (Hell being only one of them) and generally have a good time while being caught between fun and a looming / unsettling darkness. For more information on the actual plot of the single story archs, see my reviews here: Volume One - Preludes & Nocturnes Volume Two - The Doll's House Volume Three - Dream Country Volume Four - Season of Mists If you like full-cast audiobooks with some sound effects (though they are few and far in between, which I liked since I'm not too much of a fan of overblown sound effects drowning out the actual narration and acting) and are, like me, addicted to glorious storytelling, this is for you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    I've been circling the Sandman dramatization for what felt like years, though Goodreads logs say it was only a month and a half. I blame my browser's news feed, that suddenly exploded with Sandman-related news, just because I read that one Buzzfeed article. Damn you Google and your stalkerish ways! Story improvement over audio? I was hoping for an improvement on the 3rd volume's short stories, but Midsummer Night's Dream performance to fairies didn't present much of a change. Although I guess I di I've been circling the Sandman dramatization for what felt like years, though Goodreads logs say it was only a month and a half. I blame my browser's news feed, that suddenly exploded with Sandman-related news, just because I read that one Buzzfeed article. Damn you Google and your stalkerish ways! Story improvement over audio? I was hoping for an improvement on the 3rd volume's short stories, but Midsummer Night's Dream performance to fairies didn't present much of a change. Although I guess I did get a different understanding by listening to the comments from the "peanut gallery". Unfortunately my overall favorite story, of the travelling cat-prophet lost some of its charm along the way. Or maybe, I just react better to seeing the fluffy monsters, as opposed to listening to someone impersonate them... Dramatization: yay or nay? If you already own the comics, I wouldn't shell out $15 a month, just to listen to the exact same story. Although, I do admit that Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator, and could probably give reading the phonebook a go. I'm still working on reconciling James McAvoy's voice with my mental "imagery" of Morpheus, but should I decide to move forward with the sequels I'll probably get used to it. Score: 3.3 /5 stars All in all, not a bad way to pass a couple of days, but if (like me) you already own the comics, I wouldn't call the dramatization a must have. I mean, ideally someone would create a fan video combining the audio with the relevant images from the comics, like some well-meaning BL manga fans have done with some of my favorite manga. That said, I will definitely check out the TV series. ================== Review of the associated comic books: Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes Vol. 2: The Doll's House Vol. 3: Dream Country

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    There are simply not enough adjectives to describe how fantastic this is. I hope more are coming.

  12. 4 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    This book is for you if… you are ready to ascend to a new level of audiobook experience. Not suitable for young readers and people who are easily triggered. TW: r*pe, abduction, violence, child ab*se, imprisonment, p*dophilia. ⤐ Overall. Me raving about this book is not so much about the collected works of The Sandman itself but rather this specific adaptation. The calibre of some of the narrators is incredible: starting with Neal himself to James McAvoy to Taron Egerton to the fabulous Justi This book is for you if… you are ready to ascend to a new level of audiobook experience. Not suitable for young readers and people who are easily triggered. TW: r*pe, abduction, violence, child ab*se, imprisonment, p*dophilia. ⤐ Overall. Me raving about this book is not so much about the collected works of The Sandman itself but rather this specific adaptation. The calibre of some of the narrators is incredible: starting with Neal himself to James McAvoy to Taron Egerton to the fabulous Justin Vivian Bond. The 'end credits' took up over four minutes to list the entire cast and that in itself is already marvellous. If you're not used to dramatisations, the beginning might be a bit rough. At first, the background noises and music sometimes made it hard to concentrate on the plot for a while. It must also be noted that this is merely a collection of the comics written by Neal so far and thus the narrative seems sorta chopped up. Once you've got a grip on that, though, you can enjoy the ride! I haven't read too much of Neal's works but always admired him for his rhythmic language that is poetic without annoying me to death with stupid, useless prose. Even when reading his books, you can see he is a very thoughtful writer that likes writing as much for the creation of stories as he enjoys using language as an adaptable tool to do just that. It is definitely evident that Dirk did his best to capture that aspect of The Sandman and did a fantastic job getting the best out of all his narrators and sound crew. Trump hugging the Murican flag is an accurate depiction of the feelings I have for this adaptation: (using him in memes is so much more fun now that he finally was voted out.) ⤐ What’s happening. ‘The wind that blows between the worlds chills me as I fall. Suppose I fail? I cannot bluff demons as I bluffed the errant dreams with Constantine. But I have the pouch, I have a modicum of power.’ _____________________ 5 STARS.Absolutely loved it. Memorable read that I'm likely to return to. Takes up space in my mind long after I've finished it. Oftentimes a particularly insightful read. Will recommend it with my last breath.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Char

    This audio was so much fun! It's done in episodes with a full cast production. There is music and sound effects here and there. I would recommend reading the graphic novels first, but even if you didn't, there's still a lot here, something for everyone. Highly recommended! This audio was so much fun! It's done in episodes with a full cast production. There is music and sound effects here and there. I would recommend reading the graphic novels first, but even if you didn't, there's still a lot here, something for everyone. Highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sebastien Castell

    I listened to this audio drama in ninety minute chunks once a week when cleaning the house. If that's not a detailed enough depiction of the context of my experience of the Dirk Maggs audio production of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, then I'll be more specific: it was while vacuuming and mopping the floors of our house. Oh, and the vacuuming was done with a Dyson V9. Nice vacuum cleaner. I mention all that because it's kind of a weird way to experience an audio drama. In between Morpheus fighting to I listened to this audio drama in ninety minute chunks once a week when cleaning the house. If that's not a detailed enough depiction of the context of my experience of the Dirk Maggs audio production of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, then I'll be more specific: it was while vacuuming and mopping the floors of our house. Oh, and the vacuuming was done with a Dyson V9. Nice vacuum cleaner. I mention all that because it's kind of a weird way to experience an audio drama. In between Morpheus fighting to retrieve his trademark insectoid mask and jewel, I was fighting to wedge the head of the vacuum into tough-to-reach parts of the carpet underneath the couch. That's a rather different way to interact with a story than, say, reading it every night before bed when all my attention (what little there is of it, anyway) is devoted to the book in my hands. The Sandman audiobook is really a pastiche of dark fantasy stories, some featuring Morpheus himself, others in which he's merely a mentioned side player. The production values are phenomenal, with top-shelf actors like James McAvoy as Morpheus and a cast most feature films would envy. Dirk Maggs does an amazing job of making it feel like your spirit is fully immersed in the world – even when your physical body is trying to attach the damned wet Swiffer napkin-thing over the dratted rubber head-thing. As for the stories themselves, well, they had a retro feel to me – as if they were intentionally calling back to the old radio dramas of the 1930's and 1940's. This is fun, sometimes, and a bit cliché at others. Mostly, though, it was the Sandman himself who left me feeling less than engaged in the stories. The character of Morpheus feels like Goth Superman to me, with powers that suggest he'll always win in the end because . . . dream magic. So while there's lots of twists and turns in the story, there was never much genuine jeopardy to me. The human characters are represented almost as archetypes themselves – variations of "everyperson" figures meant to represent slices of 1950's Americana. They come and they go, which means there's never much of a reason to become emotionally invested in any of them. All that said, I still thought the writing was great and the production outstanding. So maybe the problem is that I was imposing my bias for novels onto what is really a short story collection – demanding a continuous set of emotional stakes when one is really meant to visit the world of the Sandman – like the world of Faery – on its own terms. Or maybe it was just all the vacuuming. Either way, there's lots to love here so if dark fantasy fairy tales with a sort of 1950's/1960's vibe are your thing, give The Sandman audio drama a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I just looove the story and especially the narration!!!! Definitely up for the second book!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    Fantastic production and performance all round.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nigar Osmanlı

    This doesn’t reach the glory and greatness of the original comics, but it was still a well crafted, brilliantly cast and directed piece of art. Also, MICHAEL SHEEN!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lee (the Book Butcher)

    weird to rate a audio drama based on a comic book here. I'm not a fan of comic books or Short stories albeit that's a personal preference I still have to take off a star because it's a personal rating. If you like those formats you could just as easily add a star. so why did I listen to The Sandman, well Firstly, Neil Gaiman is a favorite author of mine. secondly, I like audio dramas Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on my favorites shelf and I have no desire to read a hardcopy. I also buy fro weird to rate a audio drama based on a comic book here. I'm not a fan of comic books or Short stories albeit that's a personal preference I still have to take off a star because it's a personal rating. If you like those formats you could just as easily add a star. so why did I listen to The Sandman, well Firstly, Neil Gaiman is a favorite author of mine. secondly, I like audio dramas Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on my favorites shelf and I have no desire to read a hardcopy. I also buy from audible any audio dramas based on the classics I have read. I don't post those on Goodreads because it seems awkward. Being adapted from the original work and not the original work itself. the work itself is very imaginative a little more on the mature side than I expected. The content is dark and descriptive. Being derived from comic books the narrative jumps from story to story involving tie-ins with characters in the D.C universe and mythologies. Probably a few where he has just a cameo performance. Like all short stories some were big hits and some were off-putting misses most were on the good side of the spectrum. The worst IMO was the stories with Dr. Dee probably because i don't like superheroes and it was to graphic I can only imagine the comic prints, yuk! The best were the battle in hell and the Shakespeare production of a midsummer nights dream. Great storytelling. The images conjured as comic prints in my head were complete. I have heard that the incarnation of death from the sandman is one of the best in pop culture. I have to heartily agree i looked forward to her passages greatly. Desire not so much and don't get me started of the brief glimpse of misery/misfortune e were treated to. The adaptation works because i was able to imagine it in comic book stills and it is adequately descriptive. One hiccup was i kept forgetting that sound effects and noises like sighs were full panels in the comic book. I kept thinking this guy Morpheus is a noisy bastard. If your a fan of comic books, Gaiman, or Audio dramas check this out! If you read any of the comic books listen to this now. i believe your enjoyment will be increased if you can reference the comic book visuals. I had a blast just using my imagination!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    This audio book was amazeballs. It was like watching a movie without pictures it’s so much fun. I give it 5 stars and 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up. I love that Neil Gaiman narrates all his own books. I have the bind up 1-5 comic books but comics are not really my thing. This had a full cast includingKat Dennings I love her. It’s got 3 stories separate from each other but all equally as good if I had to pick I would say the first one Is my favorite, but they are all wonderful and entertaining. I This audio book was amazeballs. It was like watching a movie without pictures it’s so much fun. I give it 5 stars and 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up. I love that Neil Gaiman narrates all his own books. I have the bind up 1-5 comic books but comics are not really my thing. This had a full cast includingKat Dennings I love her. It’s got 3 stories separate from each other but all equally as good if I had to pick I would say the first one Is my favorite, but they are all wonderful and entertaining. I recommend and Neil Gaiman is my favorite author ever since I read neverwhere.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Exitgirl05

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4,5 stars for fantastic audio/radio drama book. The Sandman is actually compilation of stories originaly created as the graphic novel. They are marvelously adapted and binded in one whole. Only couple of them pop up a bit, that’s why I can’t give clear 5⭐️. What thrilled me the most is the perfect naration, fantastic actors and background noises. You really feel as if you are one of the characters! Like you’ve jumped into the picture with Marry Poppins. And James McAvoy is THE perfect ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4,5 stars for fantastic audio/radio drama book. The Sandman is actually compilation of stories originaly created as the graphic novel. They are marvelously adapted and binded in one whole. Only couple of them pop up a bit, that’s why I can’t give clear 5⭐️. What thrilled me the most is the perfect naration, fantastic actors and background noises. You really feel as if you are one of the characters! Like you’ve jumped into the picture with Marry Poppins. And James McAvoy is THE perfect Morpheus! ❤️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    This audible collection for The Sandman was fantastic! I was a bit blown away by how much I loved it. Neil Gaiman narrates it, James McAvoy is Lord Morpheus, and there's a ton of others that add their voice to this audiobook. The first audible includes Volumes 1-3 in the series: Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and Dream Country. Fabulous job on all three! In fact, while listening to this, there were parts of The Doll’s House that translated better for me on upcoming plot points in The Kindly This audible collection for The Sandman was fantastic! I was a bit blown away by how much I loved it. Neil Gaiman narrates it, James McAvoy is Lord Morpheus, and there's a ton of others that add their voice to this audiobook. The first audible includes Volumes 1-3 in the series: Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and Dream Country. Fabulous job on all three! In fact, while listening to this, there were parts of The Doll’s House that translated better for me on upcoming plot points in The Kindly Ones, volume 9. I would suggest doing the graphic books first before this audible original. You’ll be able to follow the plot and volumes much easier. I know that I’m glad I did it in this order. I really hope they do all the volumes with this cast of narrators and director. It was super entertaining to listen too!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    07/17/2020 Mini-Review: 5 Stars for Narration by Cast 4.5 Stars for Audio Production (One of the best balance of sound effects & narration.) 4 Stars for Adaptation 4.5 Stars for Concepts & World (Bizarre in the best ways.) 3.5 Stars for Plot Progress Contains: Preludes & Nocturnes - The Doll's House - Dream Country I never made it to the end of reading the Sandman comics. It's not due to the story. It's more about the art. I have to enjoy the art and story in comics. While all of the artists are talent 07/17/2020 Mini-Review: 5 Stars for Narration by Cast 4.5 Stars for Audio Production (One of the best balance of sound effects & narration.) 4 Stars for Adaptation 4.5 Stars for Concepts & World (Bizarre in the best ways.) 3.5 Stars for Plot Progress Contains: Preludes & Nocturnes - The Doll's House - Dream Country I never made it to the end of reading the Sandman comics. It's not due to the story. It's more about the art. I have to enjoy the art and story in comics. While all of the artists are talented, the drawing styles didn't always vibe with what I enjoy or my image of the story. I'm very excited about this adaptation and I hope the whole series will be produced! - DC Universe: I had forgotten about this and it was cool to learn about again. - I could get lost in the backstories of all of the characters. - John Constantine's narrator was the oddest one for me to hear. It didn't quite fit the character in my head. - Rose Walker arc was my fav in this selection. Author - Neil Gaiman Adaptation Author - Dirk Maggs Featured Cast: Neil Gaiman - Narrator Riz Ahmed - Corinthian Kat Dennings - Death Taron Egerton - John Constantine James McAvoy - Morpheus Samantha Morton - Urania Blackwell Bebe Neuwirth - Siamese Cat Andy Serkis - Matthew the Raven Michael Sheen - Lucifer Justin Vivian Bond - Desire Arthur Darvill - William Shakespeare William Hope - Doctor Destiny Mathew Horne - Hob Gadling Reginald D. Hunter - J'onn J'onzz Sue Johnston - Unity Kinkaid Paterson Joseph - Demon Choronzon Josie Lawrence - Mad Hettie Anton Lesser - Doctor John Hathaway Joanna Lumley - Lady Johanna Constantine Miriam Margolyes - Despair Plus a bunch of other talented narrators. =)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Arlow

    DNF Gave up at 75%, there was just too much gratuitous and pointless violence for my taste. I don’t mind dark stories but most of this just felt like it was overly graphic to create shock value. The forced ogry and self-mutilations in the diner, the endless rape & torture scenes……. Although I am giving this the lowest rating I possibly can I have to mention that the audio production was really fantastic…. oh and I liked Dream’s sister Death. I think she was the only character I liked but neither th DNF Gave up at 75%, there was just too much gratuitous and pointless violence for my taste. I don’t mind dark stories but most of this just felt like it was overly graphic to create shock value. The forced ogry and self-mutilations in the diner, the endless rape & torture scenes……. Although I am giving this the lowest rating I possibly can I have to mention that the audio production was really fantastic…. oh and I liked Dream’s sister Death. I think she was the only character I liked but neither the great audio nor Death could save this for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    For most hard-core Gaiman fans, this is must-have (or must try) because, well, it's Gaiman, and it's The Sandman, and Gaiman narrates (and ... yes ... it's a sublime story-telling voice ... OK, I've paid good money to see him read in person ... and it was worth every penny), and there's a full cast, ... and ... and ... for me, it's been be better part of decade since I consumed the initial Sandman run ... oh, and, as I recall it ... it ... was ... glorious.... so, how can you not try it? And I ha For most hard-core Gaiman fans, this is must-have (or must try) because, well, it's Gaiman, and it's The Sandman, and Gaiman narrates (and ... yes ... it's a sublime story-telling voice ... OK, I've paid good money to see him read in person ... and it was worth every penny), and there's a full cast, ... and ... and ... for me, it's been be better part of decade since I consumed the initial Sandman run ... oh, and, as I recall it ... it ... was ... glorious.... so, how can you not try it? And I had such high hopes! For example, I've consumed The Graveyard Book in hard cover, narrated, and, later, narrated with a full cast (which is quite fun). But, that began as a novel, and, to my mind, adding a cast enhanced, rather than diminished the original (which, over time, has become quite familiar). But ... but ... but ... we are who we are. And, with more than 50 years of comic book (excuse me, graphic novel or illustrated/sequential story-telling) reading ... I realize that, as much as I love comic book story telling, I'd rather have the same story told in a prose novel. And, as much as I loved the idea of the epic Sandman run novelized, well ... ultimately ... this was far too abridged/condensed for my tastes. In any event, I very much enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. And I found it a bit uneven. Still, it was ABSOLUTELY worth it for The Sound of Her Wings (just about perfect); Men of Good Fortune; Calliope; A Dream of a Thousand Cats (which resonated nicely); and, of course, A Midsummer Night's Dream (reminding that there's nothing like going out with a bang). Minor quip: the cast was well chosen and performed well, and the production quality was excellent, ... but ... yes, .... but ... again .... I thought they got a little carried away with the music ... too much, too loud, too often. Alas.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    The Sandman Audible Original is a multi-cast audiobook adaptation of the graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman. It was Audible’s free book of the month recently, and covers Act 1 of a series, with Act 2 coming out soon. I’ve never been into graphic novels - I don’t think I’ve read a comic since primary school - they just don’t interest me, so I didn’t know the main character, but have seen most of the recent DC Universe movies and some of the TV series like Lucifer. We wanted a change from our usu The Sandman Audible Original is a multi-cast audiobook adaptation of the graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman. It was Audible’s free book of the month recently, and covers Act 1 of a series, with Act 2 coming out soon. I’ve never been into graphic novels - I don’t think I’ve read a comic since primary school - they just don’t interest me, so I didn’t know the main character, but have seen most of the recent DC Universe movies and some of the TV series like Lucifer. We wanted a change from our usual thrillers for our most recent car journeys - and it certainly is different! It’s exceptionally well read by the huge cast, including Gaiman himself as The Narrator, and supported by various sound effects which complemented the voices rather than getting in the way. Overall I enjoyed it - some parts rather more than others - but definitely would’ve got more from it if I already knew the series. During WW1, Dream, the Lord of Sleep, who goes by multiple different names, including Morpheus, is captured by the leader of an arcane cult and kept prisoner in the mansion’s basement for 70 years, despite never ceding any of his powers. His absence leads to global consequences - including an epidemic of Sleeping Sickness, and the release of horrific Nightmares into the world. Finally Sleep escapes, but before he can restore his kingdom, he must reclaim three objects invested with his power. Over twenty chapters across three volumes, we meet characters variously affected and interconnected by Morpheus throughout history - human, deity, superhero and myth - some brief self-contained stories, some extended plot arcs, many where he appears only briefly, but all linked in some way to the world of dreams & stories. So what did I think? Considering this isn’t really my genre and I don’t know the source material, I was still able to follow and appreciate most of this. I didn’t like all of the stories - I suppose I was expecting a more traditional narrative arc, there’s a beginning but no end as this is only Act 1 so don’t expect a conventional story structure. The first part, about Sleep’s capture and subsequent escape, was brilliant. I did NOT like the Dr Destiny chapter - too dark and nasty for me (rape, necrophilia, self-mutilation...) and found some of the random ones like Hob the immortal soldier or the African coming of age story a bit tedious and pointless. Rose Walker’s quest to find her brother and gate-crashing the serial killer convention lifted my interest back up, and I was rapt by the Cat story (of course) until the traumatic scene with the kittens 😿 The voices - including some very well known actors - were superb: James McAvoy is perfect in the lead role, and there were wonderful surprise cameos like Joanna Lumley as John Constantine’s ancestor. I’m not sure if we’ll continue to Act 2 - I’ll see if The Cats’ Father is keen, but am definitely interested to see the upcoming TV adaptation, although hope it’s not too gory - we gave up on American Gods for that reason! Recommended to fans of the series even if you don’t normally listen to Audiobooks - having the creator tell the story himself is a definite coup!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    Though it is more radio drama than audiobook, it is an excellent adaptation with Gaiman himself narrating his own text re-written in spots to serve its audience better in this medium. It is well cast, with James McAvoy, a Gaiman radio drama regular, the best Morpheus I've ever heard. Though it is more radio drama than audiobook, it is an excellent adaptation with Gaiman himself narrating his own text re-written in spots to serve its audience better in this medium. It is well cast, with James McAvoy, a Gaiman radio drama regular, the best Morpheus I've ever heard.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ⚜️ Antonella ⚜️

    A masterpiece in audio form! This was truly a spectacular adaptation of the graphic novel (only covers volume 1-3 of the series, though). The sound effects were amazeball, it felt like you were in a movie. And the full cast was perfect, James McAvoy is totally the voice of Morpheus I heard in my head while I read the comics, I could listen to him sing me to sleep for hours and never get tired 😍. *only teeny weeny complaint I have is that I would've prefer for Tom Ellis to voice Lucifer here too, b A masterpiece in audio form! This was truly a spectacular adaptation of the graphic novel (only covers volume 1-3 of the series, though). The sound effects were amazeball, it felt like you were in a movie. And the full cast was perfect, James McAvoy is totally the voice of Morpheus I heard in my head while I read the comics, I could listen to him sing me to sleep for hours and never get tired 😍. *only teeny weeny complaint I have is that I would've prefer for Tom Ellis to voice Lucifer here too, but Michael Sheen was actually great* From now on I'll be listening to this on loop, patiently waiting for the rest of the series, hoping it'll get out sooner than later..

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sookie

    Episodes 1&2: McAvoy is just lovely as Morpheus. Adaptation has been captivating so far. Familiarity with comics is just an element of nostalgia adding to the experience. I don't think having previous knowledge is really necessary to enjoy this story. Though I do wonder how a new listener finds this story. This is recorded with a full cast with compelling background score and sound effects to complement the experience. Episodes 3&4: Its never only a dream. As the saga continues, new characters ar Episodes 1&2: McAvoy is just lovely as Morpheus. Adaptation has been captivating so far. Familiarity with comics is just an element of nostalgia adding to the experience. I don't think having previous knowledge is really necessary to enjoy this story. Though I do wonder how a new listener finds this story. This is recorded with a full cast with compelling background score and sound effects to complement the experience. Episodes 3&4: Its never only a dream. As the saga continues, new characters are introduced and I was wondering how Micheal Sheen would play Lucifer. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. From meeting Constantine (its constan-TYNE, not TEEN) to going to hell, our hero finds hope (!). (view spoiler)[Morpheus meeting Nada in hell garners an emotional response in him and McAvoy nails it. It echoes what fates told him earlier when he asked them questions; that his doom is near. Punishing Nada, is the first of the decisions he comes to repent and this guilt is one of the biggest catalysts for what's about to come. (hide spoiler)] And the battle of wits between Morpheus and a demon, in a club named "hell fire club", somewhere deep in hell. Just glorious. Episodes 5&6: its quite chilling to listen to everything that happens in 24 hours. reading was an experience in itself but hearing people in this story was something else. Morpheus retrieves his missing ruby after getting some hints about its presence by members of JLA. Episodes 7&8: sound of her wings, is my most awaited listen. i have read it multiple times and this is the moment when Dream becomes a grounded character (in the comics) and its during this time he spends with his sister. and to hear them talk, the sound of her wings, was utter satisfaction. His hesitation and the eternal broodiness, her joyous attitude came through exactly how I had pictured and it was complete fun listen. Kat Dennings is well cast as Death. (I can't wait for her future appearances, especially during Kindly Ones.) Episodes 9&10: Oh yeah, Dream was a giant dick back in the day. he was a cruel bastard to Nada, never understood why she felt the way she did and said "my way of high way". And, he makes a friend or rather accepts that he has one. Episodes 11&12: We start new volume, and the story actually begins. Dream starts to organize his world and sees what's missing. Storm is brewing, doom impending as foretold long time ago, in the world of mortals and Corinthians - a thing of the nightmare appears. Old characters are reunited with new ones and some old ones are reunited with their...friends? inhabitants? Episodes 13&14:Collectors was chilling. If 24 hours was horrific, Collectors delved into depth of depravity of humanity. Riz Ahmed's muted deliverance voicing Corinthian, the nightmare that visits people, is shiver inducing in all the right places. Episodes 15&16: A little ghost, missing demons, a scorned mother - trifecta that has an impact on the saga, more than we can imagine. Episodes 17&18: Calliope is perhaps Gaiman's homage to multitudes of stories we have heard - the women who were sacrificed by men for furthering their career in literature, movies and media. And there is a story about cats. Of course. Episodes 19&20: The faces people wear, the persona we present, the identities we presume - its all something to protect ourselves. its hides us from getting ourselves hurt but unfortunately it also hides us from showing our true nature. Midsummer nights dream was beautifully drawn and was a stunning read. I was a little apprehensive how this would be adapted. Unfortunately for me, this was a bit disappointing. The fun in this comic was seeing Shakespearean adaptation come to life in a meadow with the fae folk as its audience. The beauty is in the visuals and storytelling, and no amount of sound effect and narration could equate that. Perhaps I am a bit biased to my reading experience here. Overall this was a pretty decent adaptation, with all major arcs covered. I am not too bothered that majority of dream country got snipped in the process. The first volume did get majority of the audio share and rightfully so. The voice acting was just stellar and James McAvoy's Dream is believable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    **jingle jingle** (deep voice) THE SANDMAN! **jingle jingle** Not sure if you have every dove into an audiobook with a full cast of characters and narrators. If you have, then you might've had to listen to a little jingle/tune in between each part, chapter, or episode. If not, then you need to live the audible life and dive into one. You may or may not dance to it or get annoyed every time you sense the noise. For me, the whole "THE SANDMAN" with each episode it made me laugh in the beginning.. an **jingle jingle** (deep voice) THE SANDMAN! **jingle jingle** Not sure if you have every dove into an audiobook with a full cast of characters and narrators. If you have, then you might've had to listen to a little jingle/tune in between each part, chapter, or episode. If not, then you need to live the audible life and dive into one. You may or may not dance to it or get annoyed every time you sense the noise. For me, the whole "THE SANDMAN" with each episode it made me laugh in the beginning.. and then I started to wish that I lost my hearing. So, yeah, it got a tad bit annoying.. but at least I knew I was on a completely new episode/story. Even if the chapter alone couldn't notify me. That being said, some of these stories were creepy and cringeworthy. I don't really know if I'm spoiling anything or not.. but there's an episode where a women says her best lay was with a dead guy. So yeah, I was very happy that I wasn't eating or drinking during that exact moment. Other than that, some stories made me a bit sad but I get it. I was supposed to be an emotional hot mess while going through these dark adventures. I will even admit that the narrators did a fantastic job with everything involved with this book. In the end, this was an interesting and wild ride that I definitely enjoyed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    What an absolute gem! This is by far the best audiobook (or well, audio drama is more like it) I have ever listened to. Full cast, great performances, background noises, music and Neil himself doing the narrating. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but overall this was great. If The Sandman's world is even only just remotely up your alley then download it on Audible right now! I loved following Morpheus around and the scenes I enjoyed the most were the ones where he talks to his si What an absolute gem! This is by far the best audiobook (or well, audio drama is more like it) I have ever listened to. Full cast, great performances, background noises, music and Neil himself doing the narrating. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but overall this was great. If The Sandman's world is even only just remotely up your alley then download it on Audible right now! I loved following Morpheus around and the scenes I enjoyed the most were the ones where he talks to his sister, who sounds a like a valley girl but is absoltely nothing like one. :) There are two more coming up if I'm not mistaken and all I can say is when? WHEN????

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