Last month, the New York Times Book Review ran a review of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series to the audiobook format. The review beings:
“This is what dreaming sounds like.
“In the 1980s and ’90s Neil Gaiman first showed us what dreaming looks like, with his mythical, world-bending comic book series ‘The Sandman.’ Now Audible and DC Comics give voice to Gaiman’s dreams — and nightmares. The vibrant audio adaptation adds a thrilling new dimension to the original work; but it also misses out on some of its fundamental elements.
“Gaiman’s story follows Morpheus, the king of dreams, a.k.a. the Sandman. But far from the ‘candy-colored clown’ Roy Orbison sang of, Morpheus is a dark, brooding figure with the power to give life to nightmares and to consign those who’ve crossed him to the tortures of hell. “The Sandman” begins with his imprisonment by a magic cult, and follows its ripple effects, introducing us to Morpheus’ siblings (the so-called Endless) along the way: Death, Destiny, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction.
“Audible refuses to call this production an “audiobook.” Fair enough: The term certainly feels too narrow for it. There’s more than just the words; it’s theater, with James Hannigan’s electric, textured soundscapes and the animated voice acting of a talented cast of notables, directed by Dirk Maggs.”