The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

This is an Audiobook only on Audible.

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.

I loved loved Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens and Norse Mythology so I knew that I would enjoy The Sandman.

This was my first audiobook that I have ever listened to but knowing Gaiman was behind it I didn’t think twice about getting it.

The Sandman is a sci-fi fantasy / epic fantasy dealing with Lord Morpheus or in other words Death. In the later chapters the superheroes and villians of the DC Comics come into the story in a very interesting way.

There were amazing actors that voiced the character; those being James McAvoy, Sue Johnston, Anton Lesser, Sandra Dickinson, Ellen Thomas, Cathy Tyson, Taron Egerton, Josie Lawrence, Paterson Joseph, Michael Sheen, William Hope, James Goode, Reginald D. Hunter, Kerry Shale, William Hope, Kat Dennings, Don Gilet, John MacMillan, Joseph Marcell, Amaka Okafor, Inel Tomlinson, Arthur Darvill, Mathew Horne, Joanna Lumley,, Riz Ahmed, Miriam Margolyes, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Justin Vivian Bond, and Kim Newman. Neil Gaiman is the narrator for The Sandman.

I really enjoyed seeing Dream/ Morpheus throughout time, especially going to different cultures.

Overall The Sandman is amazing and I will definitely be listening to more audiobooks.


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