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(Sandman Audible Original #1)

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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 storytelle ...more
Audible Audio, 11 pages
Published July 15th 2020 by Audible
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Sheldon The audible main page for it says so "Audible and DC present the first in a series of audio adaptations"
Daniel Racca No need to read the comics, the audiobook brings an introduction about all the characters and concepts, so you're good. The audio drama can be overwhe…moreNo need to read the comics, the audiobook brings an introduction about all the characters and concepts, so you're good. The audio drama can be overwhelming at the beginning with so many different voices, but after ten minutes or so, you can get fully immersed. I suggest listening at night with headphones; it makes the experience way better. =)(less)

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Lyn
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much fun!

I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, I listen to them all the time – more than music or podcasts, but not so much a full cast production. So I was a little hesitant to start this Audible original. But I loved the Sandman comics and graphic novels, really enjoy most anything by Neil Gaiman and am also a DC comics fan. So off I went.

The music, sound effects and multiple players added to the enjoyment of this production. Many talented voice actors and all delivering Gaiman’s splendidly surreal
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Choko
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, fantasy, horror
*** 4.35 ***

"...“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”
― Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes..."


This is a very moody read for sure. It has those bleak and dark overtones, which I kind of expected, but it is a bit more... surreal than I thought. However, I am really liking the audio adaptation and can't wait to see what happens... It is like a series of short stories and it is easy going. I am planning on checking out the comic books too

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Dawn C
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Uuuuggg, four or five stars? How to judge! This masterfully rewritten, directed and crafted full cast audio version of the first Sandman comics (I’ve lent my first four to a friend so I can’t actually check if it’s two or three books) is so well done productionwise that it earns it five stars right there.

My reason for wanting to rate it four stars is that it doesn’t reach the brilliance of the actual comics. My main and personal complaint is all the dramatic, descriptive music, but such is this
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Tony
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are simply not enough adjectives to describe how fantastic this is.
I hope more are coming.
Ms. Smartarse
I've been circling the Sandman dramatization for what felt like years, though Goodreads logs say it was only a month and a half. I blame my browser's news feed, that suddenly exploded with Sandman-related news, just because I read that one Buzzfeed article. Damn you Google and your stalkerish ways!

come on!

Story improvement over audio?
I was hoping for an improvement on the 3rd volume's short stories, but Midsummer Night's Dream performance to fairies didn't present much of a change. Although I guess I di
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Trish
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I'm a fan, I'm a FAN (meaning I can read the same story several times and enjoy reading it in different formats). And Gaiman's The Sandman certainly is a series to gush over. Sure, the art of the graphic novels often is downright ugly, but it somehow grows on you and usually fits the story. So when I heard that there would be an audiobook adaptation, I was simultaneously elated and dubious. Why dubious? Well, the story is agraphic novel - Gaiman thought it out and designed it as one so it w ...more
Bradley
Very satisfying.

Mind you, I've read the comics several times through, so I was apprehensive about how well it would have transformed into an audiobook format.

Fortunately, it worked brilliantly. I'm sure it required a great deal of re-imagining for the format, but this should come as no surprise since it will soon come out as a TV SERIES!!!!

Wooo!

But back to the story. This only takes on the narrative through the Midsummer Night's Tale. We can all expect more, later.

Just imagine.

The lord of stor
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Ray
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, gaiman, vertigo, audio, dc
Recently, I have become fascinated by the comparisons of the mediums of comics and audiobooks. When a graphic novel is adapted to an audioplay, it makes for an interested mixture of visuals in one's mind with listening to actors playing out the story.

Audible's high-quality version of the classic Neil Gaiman fantasy series Sandman, is the ultimate adaptation in this regard. Dirk Maggs has done an exceptional job of turning every single story into another medium with real voices bringing this epi
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Char
This audio was so much fun!

It's done in episodes with a full cast production. There is music and sound effects here and there. I would recommend reading the graphic novels first, but even if you didn't, there's still a lot here, something for everyone.

Highly recommended!
Sebastien Castell
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-drama, fantasy
I listened to this audio drama in ninety minute chunks once a week when cleaning the house. If that's not a detailed enough depiction of the context of my experience of the Dirk Maggs audio production of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, then I'll be more specific: it was while vacuuming and mopping the floors of our house. Oh, and the vacuuming was done with a Dyson V9. Nice vacuum cleaner.

I mention all that because it's kind of a weird way to experience an audio drama. In between Morpheus fighting to
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Jillian
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This audio book was amazeballs. It was like watching a movie without pictures it’s so much fun. I give it 5 stars and 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up. I love that Neil Gaiman narrates all his own books. I have the bind up 1-5 comic books but comics are not really my thing. This had a full cast includingKat Dennings I love her. It’s got 3 stories separate from each other but all equally as good if I had to pick I would say the first one Is my favorite, but they are all wonderful and entertaining. I ...more
🍁 Antonella 🍁
A masterpiece in audio form!

This was truly a spectacular adaptation of the graphic novel (only covers volume 1-3 of the series, though). The sound effects were amazeball, it felt like you were in a movie.
And the full cast was perfect, James McAvoy is totally the voice of Morpheus I heard in my head while I read the comics, I could listen to him sing me to sleep for hours and never get tired 😍.
*only teeny weeny complaint I have is that I would've prefer for Tom Ellis to voice Lucifer here too, b
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Inkish Kingdoms
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I am shivering every time Neil Gaima talks... Yes... yes all you want... yes yes... I am not paying attention just... keep talking mmmm
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Sookie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, sci-fi-fantasy
Episodes 1&2: McAvoy is just lovely as Morpheus. Adaptation has been captivating so far. Familiarity with comics is just an element of nostalgia adding to the experience. I don't think having previous knowledge is really necessary to enjoy this story. Though I do wonder how a new listener finds this story. This is recorded with a full cast with compelling background score and sound effects to complement the experience.

Episodes 3&4: Its never only a dream. As the saga continues, new characters ar
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Soo
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
07/17/2020 Mini-Review:

5 Stars for Narration by Cast
4.5 Stars for Audio Production (One of the best balance of sound effects & narration.)
4 Stars for Adaptation
4.5 Stars for Concepts & World (Bizarre in the best ways.)
3.5 Stars for Plot Progress

Contains: Preludes & Nocturnes - The Doll's House - Dream Country

I never made it to the end of reading the Sandman comics. It's not due to the story. It's more about the art. I have to enjoy the art and story in comics. While all of the artists are talent
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Thomas Johnstone
This for me is a rebirth of audio dramas! I didn't really like it before (audio dramas that is) bout this one was done perfectly!

And the story is amazing:)!
Kim
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute gem! This is by far the best audiobook (or well, audio drama is more like it) I have ever listened to. Full cast, great performances, background noises, music and Neil himself doing the narrating. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but overall this was great.

If The Sandman's world is even only just remotely up your alley then download it on Audible right now!

I loved following Morpheus around and the scenes I enjoyed the most were the ones where he talks to his si
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Steve
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
For most hard-core Gaiman fans, this is must-have (or must try) because, well, it's Gaiman, and it's The Sandman, and Gaiman narrates (and ... yes ... it's a sublime story-telling voice ... OK, I've paid good money to see him read in person ... and it was worth every penny), and there's a full cast, ... and ... and ... for me, it's been be better part of decade since I consumed the initial Sandman run ... oh, and, as I recall it ... it ... was ... glorious.... so, how can you not try it?

And I ha
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Lee  (the Book Butcher)
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
weird to rate a audio drama based on a comic book here. I'm not a fan of comic books or Short stories albeit that's a personal preference I still have to take off a star because it's a personal rating. If you like those formats you could just as easily add a star. so why did I listen to The Sandman, well Firstly, Neil Gaiman is a favorite author of mine. secondly, I like audio dramas Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on my favorites shelf and I have no desire to read a hardcopy. I also buy fro ...more
Kim
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, audio
An impressive production; probably outstanding if you're the target audience. I'm not, but I did enjoy parts of it and I've been curious about the Sandman story, though I don't read graphic novels.
Alaina
**jingle jingle** (deep voice) THE SANDMAN! **jingle jingle**

Not sure if you have every dove into an audiobook with a full cast of characters and narrators. If you have, then you might've had to listen to a little jingle/tune in between each part, chapter, or episode. If not, then you need to live the audible life and dive into one.

You may or may not dance to it or get annoyed every time you sense the noise. For me, the whole "THE SANDMAN" with each episode it made me laugh in the beginning.. an
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lazybookconqueror
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's no much to say besides this was absolutely brilliant.
Budoor
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic

Highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nigar Osmanlı
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This doesn’t reach the glory and greatness of the original comics, but it was still a well crafted, brilliantly directed and cast piece of art.


Also, MICHAEL SHEEN!!!
Bhavesh Mehta
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You always remember your first. And as far as Audiobook goes, I am glad this is my first.
Sebastian Gebski
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Initially, I've found the idea utterly crazy.
"An adaptation of Sandman series? As an audiobook? Noooo, it can't work well."

I was wrong & I'll tell you why.
1. A typical audiobook is just a single lector reading an unabridged, "paper" version end-to-end. In this case it was ... 30 people or something? Yes, all the key characters had their own, distinguishable voices - played in such a "plastic" way, that I had an impression I actually see the whole imagery in front of me. WOW.
2. Music and backgrou
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Laura ☾
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this! The voice cast was absolutely incredible.

My only niggle with this - but I know it's down to it being a graphic novels, is that there wasn't really an overarching storyline - more little episodes over one or several chapters!
Malin
4.5 stars

#CBR12 Bingo: Happy
(I never thought that Sandman could be adapted into an audio story, so this made me very happy indeed)

In July 1998, my life changed forever. In those days, I still lived in a suburb of Oslo and didn't necessarily visit the centre of the city all that often. When I did, I always took a trip to Avalon, the dedicated fantasy/sci-fi/all things nerd book shop there (the book shop sadly closed long ago now). On a display table near the front of the shop was Fables & Reflec
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Tanya
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you adapt a comic book into sonic form, without anything being lost in translation? When this dramatization was first announced, I was intrigued, but wary. I'm not a big fan of audio books or dramas to begin with (not because I don't find them a worthy medium—it's personal preference, I simply lack the attention span; I can't do anything else while listening without being distracted, so I may as well just read with my own eyeballs instead of staring at the ceiling while being read to).

I n
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Gary K Bibliophile
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sandman ( Audible Original ) is a slickly produced, brilliantly cast, and wonderful translation of the first three Sandman graphic novel collections. This covers Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country. As I had just read the first two graphic novels the storylines were fresh in my mind. When I started the Audible version I actually thought it was only going to cover P & N. I didn’t get too far into it and figured out it went beyond that. A quick google search told me I had ...more
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Dirk Maggs, a freelance writer and director working across all media, is principally known for his work in radio, where he evolved radio drama into "Audio Movies," a near-visual approach combining scripts, layered sound effects, cinematic music and cutting edge technology. He pioneered the use of Dolby Surround in BBC Radio. He was among the first nominees for the Directors Guild of Great Britain ...more

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