The Sandman Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 2 minutes|
|Author||Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs|
|Narrator||Neil Gaiman, Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, James McAvoy, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Michael Sheen|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 15, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #122 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Horror Fiction
#5 in Dark Fantasy
#12 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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NOT for the squeamish, definitely adult themed and episodic in nature (as graphic novels are, by their very nature). Perfect for the Halloween season.
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.
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.
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