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Welcome to the Garden of Destiny
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Destiny calls Death to a family meeting
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The demon Azazel makes his case
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Emperor Augustus on the power of ‘true dreams’
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Thessaly tells the neighbors where George is
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King Haroun al Raschid summons Morpheus
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  • The Sandman: Act II
  • Welcome to the Garden of Destiny
  • The Sandman: Act II
  • Destiny calls Death to a family meeting
  • The Sandman: Act II
  • The demon Azazel makes his case
  • The Sandman: Act II
  • Emperor Augustus on the power of ‘true dreams’
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  • Thessaly tells the neighbors where George is
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  • King Haroun al Raschid summons Morpheus
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A real review after having fully read this book

This book started with a bang. Unfortunately, it didn't last. The main story ended less than a 1/3 of the way in, leaving me dissatisfied, confused, and asking a lot of questions. What follows is a collection of unconnected short stories which may or may not feature Morpheus. The short stories are very entertaining for the most part but they never again pick up the thread of the main story. By the end of this book, I was wishing it would hurry up and end.
The first book was 100 times better. I wouldn't recommend this Act 2, but I wouldn't discourage reading it either. I'm disappointed.
The performances were very good and it was a treat to hear some of my favorite voice actors.

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Bazinga

The Sandman: Act II is a phenomenal production. Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs have created another masterpiece. The first thing I noticed was the transition music was not as obnoxious as the first Act. The overall story was not as good as Act 1 but still worth a listen based on solid performances by all involved. The narration performances were all excellent. Put on some headphones and get immersed in the story. This is worth the price of admission.

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to or will listen to multiple times. I'll update my review if I listen again.

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As Above, So Below…. Another Masterpiece.

I tore through act one in a few days in preparation for this release. I’ve been listening since it was available and I am not disappointed. The acting remains superb and Neil’s narration is a work of beauty and true artistry. His voice weaves a spell that the listener never wants to be free of.

I think next time I listen I will follow along in the comics, which necessitates that I pull them out of storage. A worthwhile endeavor to be sure.

It is awesome to have an aural track to put to the visuals and I can listen to this with or without the accompaniment of a real world visual. The pictures painted in my mind by this cast are vibrant and unmistakably Gaiman-esque in their depraved gorgeousness.

I can’t wait for act three.

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Half full of short stories that drag on.

The first part focusing on The Dream Lord was fantastic, once again. Dealings with demons, and the Endless have such potential. However, there are several short stories that are just plain boring, and drag on. It was a real struggle to listen to the last 2-3 hours.

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Another epic audio production

Yesterday morning found me eagerly awaiting the release of act two of the Sandman saga. Exquisitely written and adapted for Audible by award-winning creatives Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs, this is the highly anticipated continuation of last year’s Audible original.
Another epic adventure witch will appeal to those fascinated by comics, superheroes, fantastic creatures and exotic stories. I can confirm that I love it as much as I did Act 1.

Intense action, captivating characters, the authors' rich imagination and superb audio production. Add to that the talented cast of actors returning for part two and you will realize that this is definitely a must buy four fans of the series.

Just grab your headphones, close your eyes and discover a completely immersive narrative experience brought to life beautifully by award-winning voiceover artists. Enjoy the elevated and enriched authenticity thanks to high quality music and sound effects. It’s a treat from the first second to the last. I can’t wait for act 3 to be available, hopefully next year.

I hope you found this short review helpful, take care, stay safe and don’t forget, always listen with your heart!

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Great Production with Tepid Stories

The cast and production of the Sandman books are top-notch and probably the best I've ever heard. The actors, sound effects, and the quality of the editing make the book. Unfortunately the main Sandman storyline was a bit weak at best. There just wasn't much suspension, action, or drama. And it ended quite anti-climatically. The chapter "A Game of You" following Barbie was dull to the point that I struggled to get through it without quitting the book altogether. The other short stories were mixed with one or two being slightly entertaining and one or two had me questioning why the were included at all.

The possible potential for all of the mischief and machinations of the gods, demons, and the Endless was there, but the author didn't make much use of it, if any at all. Morpheus (the Sandman) was mostly insipid and bland with only a bit of interest or emotion. Lucifer, the main antagonist, was equally uninteresting and mostly absent. John Lithgow's Emperor Joshua was a bit more interesting and Cain was able to add a very small bit of unpredictability, but overall, the stories were basically disjointed and boring, without the substance and suspense that drives you to want more.

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As good as act 1, and better.

A worthy follow-up to the first one. I hope to hear more comics adapted to this format in future. All cast members return, I believe, some I recognize, while others I don't. Excellent score, sound design, and more.

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Great! as was the first act

Great as was the first act but be warned those who can’t stand the sound of eating in audio plays you will be fast forwarding parts.

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Great performances, dull stories

Let me start by saying the first book is one of my all time favorite stories. I'm also a Neil Gaiman fan generally. The performances and production of this book were stunning - it was aurally beautiful.

The stories were, however, incredibly disjointed. That is not necessarily a bad thing. A series of short stories can still be plenty entertaining. But these individual stories weren't all that entertaining. I mean, we got about 3 or 4 hours just of Barbie exploring her own dreams... if they cut her story in half it could've still been entertaining without getting boring. It honestly felt like they were trying to fill for time.

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This book in the series or acts, drags.

It drags on or drones, the first one was far better, this book doesn’t have the same feel. It’s a bunch of nonsense stories just jumbled all together.. hopefully if there’s a next book it’s better.

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  • Jakki B.
  • 09-30-21

Enjoyable but not sandman 1

I still enjoyed listening as the performances of the characters are great but the stories are nowhere near as good as part 1. I would have stopped listening if it wasn’t for the fact that it is really well made and I was just waiting for it to pick up again but it never seemed to really get going for me. I won’t listen again but I will listen to part one again and I will buy part 3 when it comes out.

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  • Naqvi
  • 09-27-21

Obsessed!

I’m seriously obsessed with the Sandman, and act was even better than I expected. Season of Mists was so good, I love Michael sheen as Lucifer and really want to know what he’s doing now.
I really enjoyed the muslim viewpoint of Morpheus, it felt really great to see how different faiths view the dream lord.
And I cannot write a review without mentioning the chapter with Orpheus and his amazing singing and I actually felt like crying. It was so beautiful. I really hope we get a father-son reunion!

Seriously I am obsessed with the Sandman now and the whole cast!

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  • Georgia
  • 10-06-21

Unnecessarily gruesome, not a patch on Act 1!

Seriously, this second act is nothing but over-indulgent gore. The story and plot line are thin, heavily veiled with gruesome and explicit portrayals of torture and mutilation. I absolutely loved the first Act and was so excited when I pre-ordered the second Act. I managed the first hour then had to give up. It is just not enjoyable, the graphic images it puts in your head - it made me feel quite sick. I love a good horror story but this is a poor excuse at anything other than shock tactics. I kept waiting for the story to pick up, hoping it was going somewhere more interesting than just gratuitous gore, sadly it didn’t seem to be going anywhere other than from one gross scene to the next sickening scene. Such a waste of opportunity. If this is what the original novels are like then count me out. Disappointing and disgusting tbh.

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  • Rachel
  • 09-25-21

Absolutely enchanting

Absolutely loved this audio book. The performance matches the amazing wit and orginality of Neil Gaimen's work.

The stories that intertwined around the Dream Lord are sad, joyful and everything inbetween. The song of Orpheus, left me contemplative and I listened to it numerous times.

I throughly recommend this audio book

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  • Paul
  • 10-08-21

Act 1 superb….ACT 2….WTF!

ACT 2 - Couldn’t be more confusing if they tried…. Took effort to listen to all the way through.

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  • MKxSTARx
  • 10-07-21

It's ok

Not as good as the first one, infact the first half is good but then it just depends into something I could barely listen too. I would wait until its free (included) the listen to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-21

Excellent

A breath of fresh air, humerus, well worth the credit. A must listen to, can't wait to act 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-21

amazing, enthralling, exciting!!

listened to this in 2 days! great production, totally bereft now that I've finished!

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  • David Townend
  • 09-24-21

OUTSTANDING!!

One of the best audiobooks I've ever enjoyed. Masterful acting from the cast and amazing story. Just as good as the first book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-21

😍 very wonderful!

I have already left a review, halfway through this. It says something that I couldn't wait for the end to say how much I love this. Can't wait for the next part, heartbreak and all!

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  • Dave
  • 09-27-21

shorty storys not a full book

I hoped for a complete book but instead this is a collection of short stories. I enjoyed the first part but it ended and then the short stories began. Personally I prefer a book, a complete book with a story arc. Not being introduced to characters and where they live just for it to end a few minutes later.

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  • Phoebe
  • 10-07-21

Overall very gruesome and enjoyable.

The only criticism I can make is in some of the accents. U.K actors voice the swedish, japanese & egyptian gods to poor effect. Thor is Scottish. It makes no sense that a production of this size & budget couldn't choose actors actually of those nationalities who would bring more credibility and context.

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  • Kara Montgomery
  • 10-01-21

Love love love

Great stories, excellent readers please can there be another act 🙏 it made the hours at work much more exciting 💖

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  • Kiyanna
  • 11-09-21

The best

This is one of the best audio performances I've listened to. Interesting and riveting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

What the F did I just listen to?

Good personal performances but the storyline was just horrendous. I had a lot more expectations for this book after the first one cos let's face it, the first one wasn't great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Good follow up but more central story preferred

This is a good follow up to the first Sandman audio book which is definitely one on the best ones I've listened to yet, Act 2 has an excellent cast, orchestration etc, but after finishing it and throughout the 2nd half, I just kept thinking that I wanted to hear more Morpheus centered stories rather than ones where he pops for a few minutes throughout. That being said, the stories themselves are fantastic, but I just wish there was more time given to the central plot of morpheus and whatever he is up to. In short, I would recommend this definitely, but this feels closer to an anthology of stories than a novel with a clear through line.

(Note the 1st sandman also used separate stories, but they always felt as if they connected to the overall plot whereas Act 2's stories feel more that Gaiman wanted to write specific unrelated stories then wove them into the lore, not the other way round).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

Brilliant

Got a little weird in the middle with all the squelch and blood noises TW, but over all was great !

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  • BrodieWhitburnAuthor
  • 06-26-22

Another fantastical ride through dreams

From the start if act 1 I had been dragged and immersed into the fantastical world of Neil Gaiman. This story is perfectly brought to life by amazing artists such as Dirk Maggs, James Hannigan, Neil Gaiman, Ray Porter, Kat Dennings and The King of Dreams himself James McCavoy.

Instantly immersed by the sound design and the music by James Hannigan. Once the characters start it is a non-stop thrill ride of emotions. Happy, scared, sad and loved. All this just enveloped me. I was dragging finishing this so I wouldn't have to wait long for act 3. But being torn by wanting to finish and wanting to drag out was the hardest decision about this.

I Highly recommend on all accounts of directing, story, performance. Altogether just a perfect escape from reality.

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  • Steve Belcher
  • 05-18-22

Just great...its like having a movie going.

Whilst not exactly a die hard fan of the "fantasy" genre. I nevertheless enjoyed the role playing and voice acting. This has to be one of Audible's best "movie's for your ears"....I was immersed in the story with the sound effects music top notch acting. Well worth it. Try Act 1 first to find out who the sandman is and what he does.

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  • Luke
  • 05-14-22

Good but..

Like the first one it is only really the first one 3rd of the book that's any good, as it is an actual story. Then goes into these short arcs that make little to no sense.. I actually struggled to finish this, having to come back to it for short periods until it was done.

The performance and production values are awesome - really enjoy the immersive experience. Just a shame the short stories after the main arc are not really that entertaining..

Next one I hope for less of the boring short stories and more of an overarching story.