The Sandman: Act II audiobook review – Neil Gaiman’s dreamworld

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The 2nd audio instalment of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, the mind-bending DC bid deemed “a comic portion for intellectuals” by Norman Mailer, is arsenic adjacent to an audiobook blockbuster arsenic they come, and wisely arrives up of next year’s Netflix series. Listeners are erstwhile again plunged into the Dreaming to get reacquainted with the goth-tastic Morpheus, AKA the Lord of Dreams (James McAvoy), who is rebuilding his nocturnal kingdom aft a play of incarceration.

He is joined by a stellar formed including Andy Serkis arsenic Matthew the Raven; Brian Cox arsenic Augustus; Kat Dennings arsenic Death; Emma Corrin arsenic Thessaly; and Regé-Jean Page arsenic Orpheus. Gaiman, who has adapted the comics with the assistance of audio supremo Dirk Maggs, takes connected the relation of Narrator, his dependable drifting betwixt menace and glee.

The archetypal section opens with a imaginativeness of the Garden of Destiny, a spot “distinct from clip and abstraction wherever the imaginable becomes the actual”. With large solemnity, Morpheus announces helium indispensable wantonness his motley subjects successful bid to instrumentality to hellhole to rescue a queen, Nada, who helium cruelly consigned to thousands of years of imprisonment. In doing truthful helium volition travel look to look with his arch enemy, Lucifer, voiced with suitable relish by Michael Sheen. As the communicative unfolds, caller realms are revealed and scores of caller characters get played variously by Aidan Turner, Adrian Lester, Paterson Joseph and Siân Phillips. This is simply a spectacular ensemble portion that, aided by astute dependable plan and an atmospheric soundtrack, volition genuinely inhabit your dreams.

The Sandman: Act II is disposable connected Audible, 13hr 47min.

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