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The Sandman is an audiobook adaptation of the original comic series written by Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs and published by DC Comics. On January 28, 2021, it was announced that the second and third installments were greenlit.[1]

The first installment of the multi-part audio drama series, adapting volumes 1-3 of the graphic novel series (Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country), became exclusively available on Audible on July 15, 2020. French, German, Italian, and Spanish editions are to be expected soon. It has a run-time of 10 hours and 54 minutes and an original score from composer and musician James Hannigan.[2][3] The second installment, The Sandman: Act II, adapting Volumes 4-6 (Season of Mists, A Game of You, and Fables and Reflections bundles Distant Mirrors and Convergence), was released on September 22, 2021.[4] The third installment, The Sandman: Act III, adapted Volumes 7-8 (Brief Lives and Worlds' End)[1], the Sandman Special #1, and other short stories from Vertigo: Winter's Edge #1 & #3 and Vertigo Preview #1.

Summary[]

Act I[]

Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. Just like the original graphic novels, this audio adaptation contains explicit language and graphic violence, as well as strong sexual content and themes. Discretion is advised.

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 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 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 Morningstar (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 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.[2]

Act II[]

Enter the Dreaming again as the blockbuster audio adaptation of “the greatest epic in the history of comic books” continues in The Sandman: Act II. James McAvoy returns to voice Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, in this sequel to the number-one New York Times audio best seller. Journey into a world of myths, imagination, and terror based on the best-selling DC comic books and graphic novels written by Neil Gaiman (returning as the Narrator), and lose yourself in another groundbreaking, immersive drama adapted and directed by the award-winning audio master Dirk Maggs.

In the absolutely packed Act II, the dark fantasy resumes and the Sandman expands into the French Revolution, ancient Rome, 19th-century San Francisco, eighth-century Baghdad, and beyond. New and familiar characters abound, voiced by a bright mix of performers, including Kat Dennings, Regé-Jean Page, Emma Corrin, Michael Sheen, Kristen Schaal, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Wright, and so many more, including fan-favorite narrators Simon Vance and Ray Porter.

Just close your eyes and listen again as the greatest epic continues.

Act II of the audio series The Sandman adapts collected volumes four (Season of Mists) and five (A Game of You) of the comics in their entirety, and most of volume six (Fables & Reflections).[5]

Act III[]

The groundbreaking audio production of what Los Angeles Times Magazine called “the greatest epic in the history of comic books” continues. Leading perhaps the best cast ever assembled in audio, James McAvoy returns to voice Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, in The Sandman: Act III, the third installment of the New York Times best-selling audio saga. Award-winning audio trailblazer Dirk Maggs adapts the blockbuster DC graphic novel series written by Neil Gaiman (Good Omens) into another fully immersive listening experience, presented for the first time in breathtaking 3D audio.

In Act III, we follow Morpheus on a grand journey to take care of family business. He visits with his son Orpheus (Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page), an act that brings with it profound consequences. Accompanied by Delirium (Kristen Schaal, Bob’s Burgers), he tracks down their estranged brother, Destruction (David Harewood, Supergirl), the only member of the Endless ever to abandon their post. And at an inn at the intersection of all worlds, a group of travelers are forced together by a storm that threatens to destroy reality itself, with grave repercussions for Morpheus and the rest of the Endless.

All the original cast returns, including Kat Dennings as Death, Aidan Turner as Cluracan, and Neil Gaiman himself as The Narrator, joined by Harewood and other new cast members Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), KJ Apa (Riverdale), Shruti Hasaan (Race Gurram), and more.

It’s time to close your eyes and listen. Once again.[6]

Episodes[]

Act I[]

Episode Title
1 Sleep of the Just
2 Imperfect Hosts
3 Dream a Little Dream of Me
4 A Hope in Hell
5 Passengers
6 24 Hours
7 Sound and Fury
8 The Sound of Her Wings
9 Tales in the Sand
10 Men of Good Fortune
11 The Doll's House
12 Moving In
13 Playing House
14 Collectors
15 Into the Night
16 Lost Hearts
17 Calliope
18 A Dream of a Thousand Cats
19 Façade
20 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Act II[]

Episode Title
1 Season of Mist - Prologue
2 Season of Mist - Chapter 1
3 Season of Mist - Chapter 2
4 Season of Mist - Chapter 3
5 Season of Mist - Chapter 4
6 Season of Mist - Chapter 5
7 Season of Mist - Chapter 6
8 Season of Mist - Epilogue
9 Fables & Reflections, Distant Mirrors - Thermidor
10 Fables & Reflections, Distant Mirrors - August
11 Fables & Reflections, Distant Mirrors - Three Septembers and a January
12 A Game of You - Chapter 1: Slaughter on Fifth Avenue
13 A Game of You - Chapter 2: Lullabies of Broadway
14 A Game of You - Chapter 3: Bad Moon Rising
15 A Game of You - Chapter 4: Beginning to See The Light
16 A Game of You - Chapter 5: Over the Sea to Sky
17 A Game of You - Chapter 6: I Woke up and One of us was Crying
18 Convergence - The Hunt
19 Convergence - Soft Places
20 Convergence - The Parliament of Rooks
21 Distant Mirrors - Ramadan

Act III[]

Episode Title
1 The Song of Orpheus
2 Fear of Falling
3 Flowers of Romance
4 Brief Lives - Part 1
5 Brief Lives - Part 2
6 Brief Lives - Part 3
7 Brief Lives - Part 4
8 Brief Lives - Part 5
9 Brief Lives - Part 6
10 Brief Lives - Part 7
11 Brief Lives - Part 8
12 Brief Lives - Part 9
13 How They Met Themselves
14 Worlds' End - A Tale of Two Cities
15 Worlds' End - Cluracan's Tale
16 Worlds' End - Hob's Leviathan
17 Worlds' End - The Golden Boy
18 Worlds' End - Cerements
19 Worlds' End - Worlds' Ends

Cast[]

Starring[]

Act I
Act II
Act III
  • Ed Byrne as Todd
  • Tracy Wiles as Janet
  • KJ Apa as Prez
  • Billy Boyd as Petrefax
  • Shrutiy Haasan as Landlady
  • David Harewood as Destruction
  • Colin McFarlane as Pharamond
  • Wil Wheaton as Brant Tucker

Also starring[]

Act II
Act III
  • Ed Byrne as Todd Faber
  • Jon Culshaw as Boss Smiley
  • Simon Jones as Hermas
  • Harry Myers as Barnabas
  • Jenny Runacre as Mary Canby
  • Abubakar Salim as Aristaeus
  • Samuel West as Dante Gabriel Rosetti
  • Jill Thompson as Etain

Featuring[]

Act II
Act III
  • Clare Corbett as Eurydice and Bacchante
  • Jason Forbes as Kris
  • Andreas Karras a Andros
  • Toby Longworth as Hades
  • Jane Milligan as Persephone
  • Abubakar Salim as Aristaeus
  • Edward harrison as Phil
  • David Holt as the Satyr
  • Charlotte Moore as Sue

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