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An Audible Original series by Neil Gaiman

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"James McAvoy leads an all-star cast in narrating this magnificent audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series, The Sandman.... As listeners are swept up in a saga in which cats talk and nightmares walk, McAvoy's steady characterization reminds them that it’s all in a day's work for him. While the cast members are exquisite, special mention goes to the production staff. The sound effects are immersive, and there is a wonderful cinematic score. This audio drama is compelling. Listeners won’t be able to pause once they hit play." (AudioFile magazine)

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"I make things up and write them down"—that’s how Neil Gaiman has humbly described his work. And he must be pretty good at it too, because many, many people count themselves as fans. He’s written novels, short fiction, nonfiction, comic books, books for children, graphic novels, films, and audio dramas in genres from mythic fantasy to horror. With so many Neil Gaiman works to get through, here's what you won’t want to miss in audio.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Masterpiece adaptation

A top notch adaptation on every level! Cannot recommend highly enough. The A- list cast, the sound design, Neil himself. Bring on the entire series.

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I’m not a fan of this type of story. It seems silly to me.

I decided to try a different type of science fiction book.
I listen to 3-4 books weekly while doing my business which is wrapping cars.
I chose to stop this book within the first hour.
Just not my type of story.

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Way too over-produced

The first stoy arc is alright, I figured it was a good warm up to what was going to happen however its best story arc of the series. After the first arc there's an episode where the main character and the author tells us meh, that was all there really was but I have obligations to fill up more episodes. I should have stopped and removed the media from my device at this point. The further stories are usually episodic and not fulfilling in any way.
The sound design is confusing; I don't need to constantly hear shoes clicking on a hard floor to remember I'm in a diner; actually the whole thing is full of footsteps and I hope you really like that intro, you know the one where the theme crescendos and someone blankly states "THE SANDMAN" loudly, because you're going to hear it EVERY chapter, come on Audible know your audience. No one is listening to one episode at a time.
Then there's that episode about cats, kill me.

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great book only two issues both easy fixes

love everything about the book. yet the sound going up and down sucked they really need to work on levels one minute loud as hell and the the next word so soft i have to hit back button to hear it again then right back to yelling. And we really don't need opening music for every chapter especially when the story line doesn't even change.

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  • John P. Allum
  • 07-21-20

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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  • Claribelle
  • 07-24-20

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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  • dominic
  • 07-15-20

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
  • 07-15-20

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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  • Rachel Carmichael
  • 07-24-20

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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  • Mr P D Harrison
  • 07-31-20

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
  • 07-15-20

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
  • 07-16-20

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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  • kyle
  • 07-16-20

wonderful

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

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  • mentally unbalanced
  • 07-15-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-20

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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  • Sande Baulch
  • 08-19-20

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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  • Pinkkat
  • 07-20-20

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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  • Kunal Kumar
  • 07-16-20

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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  • Filip F.
  • 07-20-20

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
  • 07-24-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

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
  • 07-19-20

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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  • Teresa Swierc
  • 07-17-20

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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