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The Sandman: Act I

(Sandman Audible Original #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  19,401 ratings  ·  2,572 reviews
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 Originals
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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)
Sheldon The audible main page for it says so "Audible and DC present the first in a series of audio adaptations" …moreThe audible main page for it says so "Audible and DC present the first in a series of audio adaptations" (less)

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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
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

Dawn F
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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Awesome Full Cast Audiobook Adaptation of the DC Comic Series!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😤😥😊🤩😘

This was a full cast audiobook, including sound effects, background music and various famous actors and actresses as the cast of characters. It was written by Neil Gaimon and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs. The Sandman is based on the DC Comic books and is soon to be a Netflix series. It definitely had the dark eeri
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-loved
The announcement of this Audible adaptation of The Sandman was what finally nudged me into giving Audible a go (a good decision so far) but prior to its release I decided that I wanted to read the series in it's entirety before I started this, something that I think worked well for me. I still have my own interpretations of the characters, but this builds beautifully on that. I would have listened to this faster, but certain chapters I would delay -- for example, I made a point to listen to 24 H ...more
Sep 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not sure i understood anything but i respect the grind
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, dc, vertigo, gaiman, fantasy
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
Michelle F
Chantal is having a relationship with a sentence. Just one of those things. A chance meeting that grew into something important for the both of them.

Solidly satisfying adaptation of one of my favourite graphic novels! This was a delightful way to revisit Dream.

This first volume tells, mostly, the tale of Morpheus (the powerful personification of dream) after he escapes a decades-long captivity. He must, in a quest-type fashion, regain his objects of power, muster his strength, and begin sett
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!!!!


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
***5 stars***
The audiobook version of these graphic novels is absolutely brilliant and deserves all the stars!!
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
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!
NAT.orious reads ☾
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is for you if… you are ready to ascend to a new level of audiobook experience. Not suitable for young readers and people who are easily triggered. TW: r*pe, abduction, violence, child ab*se, imprisonment, p*dophilia.

Me raving about this book is not so much about the collected works of The Sandman itself but rather this specific adaptation. The calibre of some of the narrators is incredible: starting with Neal himself to James McAvoy to Taron Egerton to the fabulous Justi
Sebastien Castell
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audio-drama
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
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
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just looove the story and especially the narration!!!! Definitely up for the second book!!!
Oct 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time listening to an audio play with a full cast. I am literally blown away and nearly speechless.
I read the graphic novels and watched the show in advance and oh man this was a fantastic way to round things out.

One last comment... James McAvoy IS Morpheus.
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
TS Chan
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Fantastic production and performance all round.

Sonja Arlow
Nov 20, 2021 rated it did not like it

Gave up at 75%, there was just too much gratuitous and pointless violence for my taste. I don’t mind dark stories but most of this just felt like it was overly graphic to create shock value.

The forced ogry and self-mutilations in the diner, the endless rape & torture scenes…….

Although I am giving this the lowest rating I possibly can I have to mention that the audio production was really fantastic…. oh and I liked Dream’s sister Death. I think she was the only character I liked but neither th
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 cast and directed piece of art.

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
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars for fantastic audio/radio drama book. The Sandman is actually compilation of stories originaly created as the graphic novel. They are marvelously adapted and binded in one whole. Only couple of them pop up a bit, that’s why I can’t give clear 5⭐️.
What thrilled me the most is the perfect naration, fantastic actors and background noises. You really feel as if you are one of the characters! Like you’ve jumped into the picture with Marry Poppins. And James McAvoy is THE perfect
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, graphic-novel, own, audio
This audible collection for The Sandman was fantastic! I was a bit blown away by how much I loved it.

Neil Gaiman narrates it, James McAvoy is Lord Morpheus, and there's a ton of others that add their voice to this audiobook.

The first audible includes Volumes 1-3 in the series:
Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and Dream Country.
Fabulous job on all three!

In fact, while listening to this, there were parts of The Doll’s House that translated better for me on upcoming plot points in The Kindly
Sep 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
The wildly imaginative world and characters Gaiman creates here are immensely captivating, yet the stories/episodes within are a bit hit or miss, in part I believe due to the challenges of translating the content from graphic novel to audio. Where it works, it works extremely well, but elsewhere it can fall a bit short in creating a compelling and cohesive narrative.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
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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The Sandman Audible Original is a multi-cast audiobook adaptation of the graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman. It was Audible’s free book of the month recently, and covers Act 1 of a series, with Act 2 coming out soon. I’ve never been into graphic novels - I don’t think I’ve read a comic since primary school - they just don’t interest me, so I didn’t know the main character, but have seen most of the recent DC Universe movies and some of the TV series like Lucifer. We wanted a change from our usu ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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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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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