The Sandman: Act III

01 Mar 2024 | ~2 minute read

✍️ Written by: Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs
🏷️ Genre: Sci-fi / fantasy
🗓️ Published: 28 September 2022
📄 Pages: 0
🧐 My rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

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.

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When I read Act II, I ended my post by saying:

I think I'm done with The Sandman at this point; I can't see myself wasting Audible credits on the rest of the series.

But I didn't. I ended up wasting another credit on Act III and I regret it. The stories felt even more disjointed than in book 2, very little made sense to me, and (⚠️ SPOILERS AHEAD ⚠️) the last chapter ends with a weird funeral for one of the 6 siblings.

At least, I think it's one of the six. They're carrying a casket, but it doesn't say who's in it. Is it Dream? Destruction? I have no fucking clue. I've never been one for comic books. I've always struggled with the effort involved in tracking the often convoluted, intertwined storylines, that seem to require background knowledge of other comic book series.

I don't know if that was the case here, but I didn't understand what happened at the of (or during for that matter) this book. I 100% will not be wasting any more Audible credits on this series, should they release more.

Only reason I've given this book 2 stars, instead of 1, is that some of the short stories within were pretty good, but I still don't get how they related to The Sandman. 🤷‍♂️

I entered "0" for the pages field above. Because it's an audiobook, it doesn't have pages. It's 11 hours and 31 minutes long though.

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