They wanted the power of Death but got the nightmare of Dream
Title: The Sandman
Author: Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication date: 7/15/2020
Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
Synopsis: 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, 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, and many more
Stand Alone or Series: Adaptation of Volumes 1-3: Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country.
WHY I PICKED UP THIS BOOK ~ I have been a fan of Neil Gaiman for decades, ever since I first read Good Omens back in the mid-90s. Since then, I have read most of his books and short stories, but I came to The Sandman Graphic Novels too late. I own a few and are fascinated by them, but the individual books are hard to come by and the anthologies are a tad expensive. Nevertheless, when this came out on Audible, I jumped on it. I drive a lot for work and listen to many audio books.
WHY I KEPT LISTENING TO IT ~ Unlike many audio books, this is a Full Cast Recording with such talent as:Neil Gaiman as The Narrator, James McAvoy as Morpheus, John MacMillan portrays the African Morpheus, Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton as John Constantine, Riz Ahmed as The Corinthian, Samantha Morton as Urania Blackwell, Bebe Neuwirth as The Siamese Cat, Andy Serkis as Matthew, Michael Sheen as Lucifer Morningstar, Justin Vivian Bond as Desire. Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, William Hope as Doctor Destiny among many more, and a beautiful sweeping original score composed by British Academy Award winner James Hannigan. It is a lush audio experience that is both horrific and whimsical much like the graphic novels it is based on.
The first couple of stories tells about the capture of the Sandman and it’s effect on world. Once he escapes, he undertakes a series of quests to get back his power. The people and creatures he encounters range from superheroes to mystics, demons to Death Herself. The stories kept me on the edge of my seat and one was so insanely evil and horrific that it was difficult to listen to (and yet I couldn’t stop, it was so well told)
The rest of the audio book moves around to different times and places and allows one to more fully inhabit the world that Neil Gaiman created. Every character and mythologu he touches on comes alive through his beautiful writing and the incredible cast. I came out the other side of this audio book wanting more and hoping that the rest of the series gets the same treatment.
WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ~ Any fan of Neil Gaiman in general and The Sandman in particular, of course, but also lovers of horror and modern mythology. I have listened to a lot of audio books and nothing can compare to this experience.