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The Sandman

Written by: Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Occultists perform a ritual to capture Death
Dream readies himself for a visit to Hell
The Corinthian makes a phone call
Death isn’t happy with Dream
Dream identifies the demon he seeks

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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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Amazing Dramatisation. Incredible Voice Acting.

I've always enjoyed Neil Gaiman's writing and this dramatisation brings his writing to new life. James McAvoy is brilliant as Morpheus and Neil Gaiman's narration feels calming yet foreboding. Overall this was one of the best dramatisations I've heard in a long time. The only downside in my opinion is the casting of Constantine. To me it'll always be Matt Ryan who I hear in my head. No one seems to come close to his portrayal of the character.

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it's fantastic!

The adaptation is very true to the original source. The dialogues are almost entirely the same as in the comics, while Neil Gaiman sets the scene of each panel through his narration. This is a full cast adaptation, with a surreal background score that complements the story well. in my opinion, the best experience is to be had by reading and listening simultaneously. A very unique and dreamy experience, that completely immerses you into it. However, the adaptation is good enough even if you are just listening.

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Music And Performance.

Really like the background music and performance of all the voice artists. Also, the story is incredibly awesome 👍

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Absolutely riveting

Legit didn't want to sleep. Definitely a must listen! The moment I saw the cast list, I knew this was going to be 👌

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  • HR
  • 27-09-20

Thankyou for this masterpiece. i would love to see

Loved It. and Morpheus you beauty. John Constantine. neil gayeman,hands down would love the movie.

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best audiobook

loved it ..amazing story and narration. the story is deep that you become engrossed in it .

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Awesome narration

my first audio book. the best background music and the best narration. Looking fwd to the other books.

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Endless ? Unfortunately not this audible

This was so good. The narration by Neil, James and Kat. Everyone were amazing. The score and the pace were perfect. I hope DC to release more content like this.

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excellent

without any doubt the best that I have ever heard amazing beautiful superb loved it

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First audiobook ever and so worth it.

Never thought a book experience could go to this level. Best of DC I've ever come across.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 16-07-20

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 swept 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 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
  • 17-07-20

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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  • Father - glass 1/2 full
  • 17-07-20

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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  • Jack McCall
  • 16-07-20

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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  • Scott L
  • 19-07-20

Over acted and over produced

The production and acting is too distracting. I needed eight more words to submit feedback.

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  • Muhammed Al-Subhi
  • 15-07-20

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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  • Mark
  • 19-07-20

Not what I hoped for

I know a two-star review for story seems harsh but allow me to explain why I felt this title was a letdown. Although the first few chapters are generally related to each other and follow a linear story line, many of the subsequent chapters are told as stand-alone stories (especially near the end), they jump around the timeline and are largely unrelated to the main story told at the beginning of the book. Although these stories paint an interesting picture of a world that is classic Gaiman, on the whole I found them dull and could have stopped listening after the first half of this title. I never read the graphic novels and was coming into this as a fan of Neil Gaiman's writing. Perhaps that was why I did not enjoy the title as much as I hoped. A two-star review for story is harsh when compared to the other titles on audible but in comparison to the stories told in Gaiman's other work I feel it is appropriate. The intricate and compelling stories told in American Gods, Neverwhere, and even the lesser known Anansi Boys all put this title to shame. Perhaps I am simply not a fan of this particular medium and should stick to listening to standard novels. All the other 5-star reviews on here may indicate that this type of story isn't for me. It is clear a lot of money was put into production, I found the voice acting, casting, and sound effects to be very well done. It is just a shame that with some many resources put into production and marketing, I would have rather spent my time re-reading Neverwhere.

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  • Cory S
  • 15-07-20

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
  • 16-07-20

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
  • 15-07-20

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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  • John P. Allum
  • 21-07-20

I don’t get this

I think you need to know or understand this genre to enjoy this book. It’s fragmented to me, just weird but obviously very much appreciated by folk with a better understanding.

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  • dominic
  • 15-07-20

Awesome!

This is an awesome audio book. A must listen for anyone who likes the following things: Neil Gaiman DC Vertigo Comics DC Comics Sandman The dreaming Meta horror Lucifer TV/ comic series Constantine Gothic genre Fable stories If you like one or all of these things; like me you’ll love it too.

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  • Carlos Rainha
  • 15-07-20

Amazing, but...

As a long time fan of Gaiman and especially of The Sandman, i loved the adaptation, despite the fact that McAvoy it's not what i imagined as Morpheus, since i always imagined the Lord of Dreams with a very deep, rasp voice, bordering on the uninterested and inhuman, and James brings a tone of humanity to it. Not bad, but certainly not what many imagined for Morpheus. Let's just be straight and be honest, I'm a huge admirer of Neil, but making him the full narrator of the audiobook, was it a good idea? Gaiman is a good narrator, mind you, but i think someone else would have been a good choice. Overall i loved it. Good to see a new take on one of the most amazing histories ever created.

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  • Claribelle
  • 24-07-20

SO NOISY!!

Obviously this is a classic - as a huge Neil Gaiman fan I was excited to listen to it in Audible form. But a combination of manic sound effects, shrieking narration and terrible music made it intolerable. So disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-20

Blisteringly faithful

This is pretty much a faultlessly faithful adaptation - almost everything is recreated word for word, with the occasional bit of extra foreshadowing and added lines from Gaiman’s narrator to replace the comic’s visuals. So, if you’re wanting to hear the original graphic novel brought to exacting life, this is probably the thing for you - and although it is very good at doing the aforementioned, I sort of ended up wondering what the point of such a faithful adaptation was overall...?

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  • Catherine
  • 16-07-20

Fantastic

Just brilliant, absolutely fulfils expectations. Cool, funny and terrifying as hell. Acting is second-to-none, and the adaptation to audio drama is wonderful. Music is great but can be a little intrusive and loud at times, but doesn't detract overall. Essential for Gaiman fans, highly recommended for everyone else.

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  • Rachel Carmichael
  • 24-07-20

For graphic novel fans only

If you like graphic novels, you'll like this. If, like me, you like a well written book, don't bother.

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  • kyle
  • 16-07-20

wonderful

this is the only book I've ever pre ordered and it was worth every penny

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  • mentally unbalanced
  • 15-07-20

wow!!!

this is so well done, i knew it would be great but it has blown my expectations out of the water. amazing performance

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  • Mr P D Harrison
  • 31-07-20

Unless you get Neil Gaiman, dont get this.

The performance is brilliant, 1st class. But the story is all over the shop, jumps from one thing to another sometimes without explanation and was too difficultly to understand and follow. Fragmented is maybe the best word to describe it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-20

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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  • Kunal Kumar
  • 16-07-20

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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  • Pinkkat
  • 20-07-20

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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  • Filip F.
  • 20-07-20

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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  • haydn montgomery
  • 24-07-20

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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  • Teresa Swierc
  • 17-07-20

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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  • Sande Baulch
  • 19-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-20

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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  • Craig
  • 19-07-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-20

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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