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The Sandman: Act II

Written by: Neil Gaiman,Dirk Maggs
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman,James McAvoy,Emma Corrin,Brian Cox,Kat Dennings,John Lithgow,Bill Nighy
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Publisher's 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.

Enter the Dreaming again as the blockbuster audio adaptation of “the greatest epic in the history of comic books” continues in The Sandman: Act II. James McAvoy returns to voice Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, in this sequel to the number-one New York Times audio best seller. Journey into a world of myths, imagination, and terror based on the best-selling DC comic books and graphic novels written by Neil Gaiman (returning as the Narrator), and lose yourself in another groundbreaking, immersive drama adapted and directed by the award-winning audio master Dirk Maggs.

In the absolutely packed Act II, the dark fantasy resumes and the Sandman expands into the French Revolution, ancient Rome, 19th-century San Francisco, eighth-century Baghdad, and beyond. New and familiar characters abound, voiced by a bright mix of performers, including Kat Dennings, Regé-Jean Page, Emma Corrin, Michael Sheen, Kristen Schaal, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Wright, and so many more, including fan-favorite narrators Simon Vance and Ray Porter.

Just close your eyes and listen again as the greatest epic continues.

Act II of the audio series The Sandman adapts collected volumes four (Season of Mists) and five (A Game of You) of the comics in their entirety, and most of volume six (Fables & Reflections).

©2021 DC. All Rights Reserved. The Sandman and all related elements are trademarks of DC Comics. (P)2021 DC Comics and Audible

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patchy but interesting

Unlike the 1st book, this one is more of an anthology, not truly centered around a central plot. Not really what I enjoy in a NG tale.

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Will not disappoint. Just as good as the first.

Overall the cast is amazing again. The story is lacking a little compared to the first story. But that doesn’t take away from the solid overall production here. No other Ensemble audiobook stands up to this quality it’s just beautiful.

There is a review on here that gave this audiobook one star across the board. I can’t understand why that review has not been deleted. It’s clearly a troll trying to bring down the rating on this great audiobook.

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A second masterpiece

What can I say? In audio entertainment, I don't think I've encountered a production equal to this one, except perhaps volume 1. The brilliance continues, and I can't wait for more!

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More sandman. Of course it’s great.

The same standard as part one. Splendid performances, production, and story.
If you are a fan of part one this is a no brainer. If you haven’t listened to part one, well go and do that, part 2 will wait. If you’ve read the comics you know these are some of the best stories ever told. Amazing.

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Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs are Gods

I didn't think it would be possible to surpass Sandman 1, but this did. It's amazing in every possible way. Well acted, perfectly narrated and told in a way both visceral and ethereal and everything in between.
I am Amazed and in love with this production.

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Curious to call it an Act 2

I like the stories well enough and there's some story arc through early chapters, but I can't find a reason for this to be called an Act 2. where Act 1 told side stories which would become relevant, this sort of had a major story to tell, had a modest ending to that arc and then continued to tell other stories for what felt sort of like space filler.
Well performed, and the short stories are mostly pretty good. I just don't think as a whole that this rises beyond average.
That said, by all means listen to this if you are a fan of Gaiman or the performers.

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Brilliant!

l laughed
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I am starting them both again

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Awesome twist

I loved the story was delivered as it gives real act as if I was watching a detailed movie.

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orpheus' song

oh sweet lord!!!! Not even finished this and, I'm in love with this production

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Amazing

Love it almost as much as the first 😀 I realy hope there is more to come and the narrations is great

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  • Chuck
  • 2021-09-27

A real review after having fully read this book

This book started with a bang. Unfortunately, it didn't last. The main story ended less than a 1/3 of the way in, leaving me dissatisfied, confused, and asking a lot of questions. What follows is a collection of unconnected short stories which may or may not feature Morpheus. The short stories are very entertaining for the most part but they never again pick up the thread of the main story. By the end of this book, I was wishing it would hurry up and end.
The first book was 100 times better. I wouldn't recommend this Act 2, but I wouldn't discourage reading it either. I'm disappointed.
The performances were very good and it was a treat to hear some of my favorite voice actors.

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  • Davidgonzalezsr
  • 2021-09-22

Bazinga

The Sandman: Act II is a phenomenal production. Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs have created another masterpiece. The first thing I noticed was the transition music was not as obnoxious as the first Act. The overall story was not as good as Act 1 but still worth a listen based on solid performances by all involved. The narration performances were all excellent. Put on some headphones and get immersed in the story. This is worth the price of admission.

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to or will listen to multiple times. I'll update my review if I listen again.

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  • Sekhment
  • 2021-09-22

As Above, So Below…. Another Masterpiece.

I tore through act one in a few days in preparation for this release. I’ve been listening since it was available and I am not disappointed. The acting remains superb and Neil’s narration is a work of beauty and true artistry. His voice weaves a spell that the listener never wants to be free of.

I think next time I listen I will follow along in the comics, which necessitates that I pull them out of storage. A worthwhile endeavor to be sure.

It is awesome to have an aural track to put to the visuals and I can listen to this with or without the accompaniment of a real world visual. The pictures painted in my mind by this cast are vibrant and unmistakably Gaiman-esque in their depraved gorgeousness.

I can’t wait for act three.

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  • Tyrel
  • 2021-09-29

Half full of short stories that drag on.

The first part focusing on The Dream Lord was fantastic, once again. Dealings with demons, and the Endless have such potential. However, there are several short stories that are just plain boring, and drag on. It was a real struggle to listen to the last 2-3 hours.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2021-09-22

Another epic audio production

Yesterday morning found me eagerly awaiting the release of act two of the Sandman saga. Exquisitely written and adapted for Audible by award-winning creatives Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs, this is the highly anticipated continuation of last year’s Audible original.
Another epic adventure witch will appeal to those fascinated by comics, superheroes, fantastic creatures and exotic stories. I can confirm that I love it as much as I did Act 1.

Intense action, captivating characters, the authors' rich imagination and superb audio production. Add to that the talented cast of actors returning for part two and you will realize that this is definitely a must buy four fans of the series.

Just grab your headphones, close your eyes and discover a completely immersive narrative experience brought to life beautifully by award-winning voiceover artists. Enjoy the elevated and enriched authenticity thanks to high quality music and sound effects. It’s a treat from the first second to the last. I can’t wait for act 3 to be available, hopefully next year.

I hope you found this short review helpful, take care, stay safe and don’t forget, always listen with your heart!

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  • David
  • 2021-09-28

Great Production with Tepid Stories

The cast and production of the Sandman books are top-notch and probably the best I've ever heard. The actors, sound effects, and the quality of the editing make the book. Unfortunately the main Sandman storyline was a bit weak at best. There just wasn't much suspension, action, or drama. And it ended quite anti-climatically. The chapter "A Game of You" following Barbie was dull to the point that I struggled to get through it without quitting the book altogether. The other short stories were mixed with one or two being slightly entertaining and one or two had me questioning why the were included at all.

The possible potential for all of the mischief and machinations of the gods, demons, and the Endless was there, but the author didn't make much use of it, if any at all. Morpheus (the Sandman) was mostly insipid and bland with only a bit of interest or emotion. Lucifer, the main antagonist, was equally uninteresting and mostly absent. John Lithgow's Emperor Joshua was a bit more interesting and Cain was able to add a very small bit of unpredictability, but overall, the stories were basically disjointed and boring, without the substance and suspense that drives you to want more.

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  • M. Hardman
  • 2021-10-12

Great performances, dull stories

Let me start by saying the first book is one of my all time favorite stories. I'm also a Neil Gaiman fan generally. The performances and production of this book were stunning - it was aurally beautiful.

The stories were, however, incredibly disjointed. That is not necessarily a bad thing. A series of short stories can still be plenty entertaining. But these individual stories weren't all that entertaining. I mean, we got about 3 or 4 hours just of Barbie exploring her own dreams... if they cut her story in half it could've still been entertaining without getting boring. It honestly felt like they were trying to fill for time.

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  • NDW
  • 2021-10-03

High Quality Woke-scolding that's extremely boring

I like the first iteration a great deal. McAvoy is a great voice actor and the sound production value even in the second season is top notch. Unfortunately the story is just downright boring. Completely boring, even with a VERY dramatic buildup! Loaded with woke virtue signaling, packed to the brim with misandry... it simply falls quite short of being worth the money.
A huge and unfortunate disappointment that you'll mostly sleep through.

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  • Ryan k Schram
  • 2021-09-27

This book in the series or acts, drags.

It drags on or drones, the first one was far better, this book doesn’t have the same feel. It’s a bunch of nonsense stories just jumbled all together.. hopefully if there’s a next book it’s better.

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  • brian
  • 2021-09-22

As good as act 1, and better.

A worthy follow-up to the first one. I hope to hear more comics adapted to this format in future. All cast members return, I believe, some I recognize, while others I don't. Excellent score, sound design, and more.

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  • Mathieu Pralus
  • 2021-10-21

Fantastique!

Entre les acteurs, le narrateur, les effets de son et la musique d'ambiance, je ferme les yeux, et je vois un film. incroyable!

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  • Guiral Vincent
  • 2021-10-06

Génial!

Si vous avez aimé l'acte 1 vous allez adorer. Quel plaisir de retrouver Morpheus et tous les personnages de Gaiman.

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  • Mo.
  • 2022-12-30

Best audiobook

The stories are good but the quality of the audiobook is beyond compare. The cast the music the sounds everything is on point. A masterpiece.

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  • Achilles Johansson
  • 2022-12-13

This adaptation was meant to be

I don’t know how to put into words how perfect this was. The audiobook format works wonders by making us feel like listeners to different storytellers recalling stories of old. I want to thank everyone involved in this project, from the direction that made the adaptation from comic book to audiobook feel so natural and meant to be, to the actors for their outstanding job at giving life to these incredible stories.

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  • Val
  • 2022-12-12

Fantastic

You can easily imagine yourself in the middle of all of it thanks to the incredible cast and stories, can’t wait to listen to the rest !

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  • BB
  • 2022-04-24

Excellent

Immersive, enthralling, crazy creative, same as vol 1. Hope a vol 3 is coming.

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  • pierre
  • 2022-04-11

Incredible

Best experience I had so far, couldn't recommend it more !
I can't wait for the next act

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  • Bovorasmy P. T
  • 2022-02-23

As excellent as the first

Actors are just stunning
This adaptation has been perfectly directed
It is not just an audiobook it is an audiomovie that plunges you into the story

I love it!

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  • Poison_Ivy
  • 2022-02-04

AMAZING!

As great as act 1, can't wait for act 3! Casting and sound effect are amazing.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2021-12-27

can't go wrong with this story

A brilliant comic book series and great production value. already looking forward to Act III.