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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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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

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incredible

maybe just as an audiobook this would just be great. But if you have or can get the graphic novels, absolutely do so and read along. this... is transformative fiction in the making. Beyond expectation. This is genuinely a masterpiece.

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absolutely stunning

loved it. just... wow.
so good.
I'm going to replay it right now.
apparently I need to write 15 words.

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Lost in translation

Maybe I love the comics too much... but this just did not work for me. What is mystical and beautiful and compelling on the page, is graceless and disjointed in audio. The music is jarring and too loud in places, and the narrator has to clumsily explain what is conveyed in pictures in the comics. A real shame.

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It's a masterpiece. Highly recommended!!

A very promising adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comics, I'd give this audiobook 5 stars just for the performance! A great cast of actors, brilliant sound effects and engaging storyline; an audiobook production doesn't get any better. Just put on a pair of headphones and immerse yourself into the Lord of Dreams' world. And if you are a DC fan, you'll enjoy it even more. Great stuff Audible!

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performance was great. story was average.

I'm sure the graphic novel is great. but this didn't work for me in audio form. the cast does a great job but Neil himself was rather dull to hear.

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Beautiful listen

Fantastic stories, great acting and sound design. I haven't read the comics so I feel like it was a weird desision to be introduced to the series with an audiobook but I don't regret it.

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What a performance!

Haven't even finished the whole book yet but I absolutely love it. Please, Audible do this for more books as it is such a joy to listen to, especially when there are many characters. Having a unique voice for each character, atmospheric sounds and a touch of music brings the book to life while still using the full power of your own imagination.
The day is almost over and I'm near the end of the book in one sitting...very few books (this long) are worthy of me saying that.

The story is captivating, though very Gaiman (great if you love his work) and gets a bit odd (and gory) at times. If you even slightly like Gaiman's writing then I think you will love this presentation.

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Great listen

Had me captivated up to chapter 9, the story seemed to become a little scattered after that but still very enjoyable

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Long but worth it

Loved it, got a little sidetracked at the end. Really enjoyed the Justice Leagues involvement and more would have been super. Worth the hours

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The Amazing Sandman

It was amazing! As soon as I heard it was going to become an Audiobook I was excited/nervous. As soon as I knew that Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs had control, with James McAvoy as the voice of Morpheus... No nerves anymore, just excitement. It was amazing, I'll listen to it again and again and again!

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