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The Sandman

Written by: Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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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.

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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i love you

thank you. i finally get to hear sandman's voice in my head, in my ears!

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Exactly what I hoped for!

This was done so amazingly well. The voice acting is excellent and the story feels just as magical as the books. I really hope the rest of the series is made into audiobook form.... I got a little sad when I realized it only covers the first major arc.

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Performances Worthy of the Material

I indulged in a single sitting listen with no regrets. I love the series and have been looking forward to this version since it was announced. The performances are immersive. It’s more like a radio play then the typical audio book which suits the source material to a tee. You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this.

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Solid Gold

This is every Neil Gaiman fans dream come true. The cast knocks it out of the park. The music is fantastic. The story is obviously top notch. Hope this won’t be the last of it.

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wonderful

An absolutely wonderful adaptation of the comic. Neil Gaiman is a great narrator and the cast were perfect.

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One for the books

Most excellent if you like the genre and Niel Gaiman. Very original audio presentation. The whole story comes alive.

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Not a great adaptation.

The story was fine tho..morphius not a good Mc. Narration,was extremely inconsistent and it gottome

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A dream come true

A phenomenal production, the story, acting and music combine to create a treat for the ears. If your a fan of audio books or of the original comic series this is a must listen.

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The best audio drama: from production to content.

Amazing. Hopeful, beautiful, profound and disturbing. An outstanding production of a seminal graphic novel series.

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A magical experience

This was truly like no other audiobook experience. James MacAvoy was perfect as Dream's voice.
I only hope they could include a companion piece with later installments, that introduces the characters a bit more. I found it a bit difficult to keep track, as a person new to the comics.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2020-07-16

absolutely Epic!

The Sandman is a fantastic, immersive and unparalleled audio production. From award-winning author Neil Gaiman and adapted for Audible by the great Dirk Maggs, you'll be swapped away in an Epic adventure you could have never imagined.

Expertly combining, fantasy and fiction, horror and humor, comedy and tragedy, The Sandman is a fast paced, visceral narrative experience that will stay with you for a long time!

Put on your headphones or even better, stream it on your favorite smart speaker in the house and you'll be in for a treat. I listened to The Sandman on my Apple Homepod Stereo setup and the experience was absolutely incredible. I closed my eyes and vividly lived all the events portrayed in this adaptation of the first three Sandman novels.

With a formidable cast of characters, brought to life by some of the best actors in the audiobooks and movies industries, the listener's experience is enriched and elevated by a a moving soundtrack and high quality sound effects.

I didn't know anything about the Sandman comics, but I was immediately blown away by this adaptation! I can't wait for the next one! This is the best Audible Original that I listened to so far!

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  • Timothy Lewis
  • 2020-07-17

Sounds Like a Perpetual Movie Trailer

I couldn't tell if it was a good story or not, couldn't follow it. It plays like a confusing recap from a previous episode but never getting to the real story. Just confusing background noises and elaborate score and different voices bouncing between characters.

I'm sure Neil Gaiman did a great job writing this but the producer and sound mixer failed horribly.

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  • Jack McCall
  • 2020-07-16

A great story with an intro theme you will hear 40 times.

The story is great as well as the performances however, they play this intro them in and out over and over. It really rips you out of the story and horribly distracting.

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  • Muhammed Al-Subhi
  • 2020-07-15

More that an audiobook

Just perfect. Close your eyes, headphones on and allow yourself to be pulled into this amazing creation (easily done with this talented selection of cast).

But be weary and don’t you ever fall asleep.

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  • Father - glass 1/2 full
  • 2020-07-17

Not my cup of tea

Good story. Would be a good book. I am not into listening to a movie calling it a audio book. I prefer being read to and few audio extras. Too many distractions. Some would find it preferable just not for me.

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  • Scott L
  • 2020-07-19

Over acted and over produced

The production and acting is too distracting.

I needed eight more words to submit feedback.

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  • Cory S
  • 2020-07-15

Perfect adaptation

The story is faithful to the comic and has been transferred the audio medium perfectly. The music and sound effects are some of the most impressive I've heard on an audio drama to date, I have to say my anticipation was rewarded greatly. Can't wait to finish the rest of it. But if you're a fan of the comic there's no question you're gonna love this version of it too.

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  • Charlie
  • 2020-07-16

Absolutely Enthralling

This reminds me of the old radio plays but done to absolute perfection. I didn’t know how they would adapt the graphic novel but I am simply blown away but the acting. I feel absolutely transported into the world of The Endless.

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  • SilverRave
  • 2020-07-15

Love the Ambience!

I'm not a huge fan of audio books, but when I saw the ad for a Sandman audiobook I HAD to give it a listen. I'm loving the detailed background audio so far, it really helps set the scenes perfectly. It's almost as if you are listening to a movie's soundtrack rather than a book. The voice actors are amazing as well, a gathering of several really talented actors, all of whom have done an excellent job! I'm already 3 hours in and I know this is already the highest quality audiobook that I have ever listened to. As for the story, I am a bit biased, since I was already a HUGE fan of the graphic novels this is based off of, but I love this version just as much so far. Since Neil Gaiman himself was involved in this, I doubt it will deviate in any great way from the original, save for in ways necessary for the format. So, if you like the Sandman graphic novels, and don't mind audiobooks, definitely check this out!!

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  • Kate
  • 2020-07-15

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER

When I found out a month and a half ago that audible was adapting my favorite graphic novel series (and one of my all time favorite stories) into a full cast audio production, I was excited though hesitant. Can they do justice to one of the most beloved stories of the 20th century?

Not only is that a profound yes, but I’m currently in awe at how well done the adaptation is. James McAvoy’s voice was always Morpheus. I just didn’t realize it until today.

The universe really out did itself on my birthday present this year. It’s really all that I could ever hope for and more. 💖

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  • AA
  • 2020-08-06

Enthralling.

Wow. What an experience. Great performances to breathe light into a great piece of work. I’m going to be haunted by it for a while.

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  • Neil Adrian Matillano
  • 2020-08-01

One of the most entertaining audio books by far

This arguably was one of the most entertaining audio books that I listened to in a long time. Great performance by all the actors and story-telling transports you to Neil Gaiman's universe

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  • Julie
  • 2020-07-31

Une nouvelle expérience d’audiobook sur fond de rêves et de cauchemars !

Une expérience unique en terme d’audiobook qui s’approche plus du cinéma. Très agréable bien que parfois compliqué avec toutes les voix différentes.
Cependant l’imbrication de toutes les différentes histoires ressemblent plus à un recueil de nouvelles.
Attendez vous aussi à une bonne dose de gore, d’horreurs et de cauchemars ... vous voici averti :)