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The Sandman (The Sandman, 1) MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 23, 2020
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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.
This physical edition of The Sandman from Brilliance Publishing contains a beautifully crafted booklet outlining episodes, characters, and voice talent, and features original Sandman graphic novel cover art from Dave McKean. It also includes 3 exclusive Sandman stickers created with exclusive character art from Audible.
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, IT Chapter Two, X-Men: First Class, Split) in the title role, this first installment of an original audio series will transport you to a world that rewrites the rules of audio entertainment the way that The Sandman originally redefined 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.
This first installment of the audio series The Sandman adapts volumes 1-3 of the graphic novel series (Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country).
Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.
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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author and creator of books, graphic novels, short stories, film and television for all ages, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The View from the Cheap Seats, and The Sandman comic seriespublished by DC. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. Gaiman was the writer and showrunner for the Emmy-nominated mini-series adaptation of Good Omens, based on the book he co-authored with Sir Terry Pratchett; his novel American Gods, has also been adapted to a critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated TV series. His audiobooks have won 5 Audie Awards and frequently appear on the NYT Audio Bestseller List. In 2017, he became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713551284
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713551287
- Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #786,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,757 in Books on CD
- #70,403 in Fantasy (Books)
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It helps if readers are familiar with the work. While Gaiman narrates each chapter and provides descriptions as necessary, the stories began in the comic book medium with its blend of text and visual storytelling so some details are lost in translation. The theme also overwhelms at times, with chapters structured like a television series featuring a “teaser” prior to the main titles. That being said, the adaptation gets the story beats right and captures the tone of the original comics perfectly. It’s a great adaptation for fans looking to rediscover the series.
NOT for the squeamish, definitely adult themed and episodic in nature (as graphic novels are, by their very nature). Perfect for the Halloween season.
This volume covers the first three volumes of the comic (Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country). I've read the comic series multiple times, and this did come across as fully unabridged, and in some cases even added some details in the narration (done wonderfully by Neil Gaiman himself) that aren't specifically mentioned in the comic. They did change the order of some of the stories from how they play out in the books, but not in a way that effected the storytelling.
This may be one of my favorite audiobooks ever, and I can't wait to see how they'll do with the rest of the series.
Recommend it to others, if you've listened to other other audibles like "Alien out of the shadow" and more, then you are in treat with this.
It's a thoroughly enjoyable program until it abruptly ends less than a third of the way through the story, with the Midsummer Night's Dream play. I'm sure there are good reasons for the decision to do it this way but it's very jarring for somebody already familiar with the comics. Anyone who hasn't read the comics should do so as soon as they can and not bother with this.
If you're somebody for whom this is not an option, I believe a novelization of the story is coming out soon and hopefully, there will be an audio version soon.
Cons: you can easily get lost if you don't have the books or already know the stories as this was my first time and I might have missed some context that only the graphic novels could have provided
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but the end of it i was cool.
you too will be cool just by listening to this