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To anyone having playback issues: this is NOT in CD format; it is a collection of MP3 files that you will need to UPLOAD/SAVE to your computer before proceeding. In other words, while with CDs you can just pop it into your computer's disc drive and "burn" it into iTunes, with this you will need to open the CD drive file window, copy+paste (or drag) the individual files onto your desktop or into a folder, and THEN add them to iTunes from there. Keep in mind that iTunes needs a source file to access and play, so if you don't save the files off the disc, iTunes won't be able to find those files once you eject the disc. I completely understand the frustration, but it's just a couple of steps, and is ultimately quicker and easier than sitting there while iTunes burns the CDs into MP3 format anyway. For those of you hoping to play these discs in a regular compact disc player - for instance your car - you will have to save these files into your computer and THEN burn your own CDRs as playlists through iTunes or some equivalent program. I don't know how many discs that would end up being, but it will certainly be more than just one. Enjoy!!!
Brilliant cast of top-notch voice talent, flawless and immersive production, everything I was led to expect and so much more. Minor quibbles - the enclosed sticker art is exactly the same as what came with the first act, and the "beautifully crafted booklet" DOES NOT outline any of the episodes, as did the booklet with the first act. It's as if a number of pages are missing. Luckily, I'm retired and looking for a new hobby - I'll just write my own episode guide. A great excuse to give it repeat listenings (as if I needed an excuse).
I had purchased the compact disc first Sandman audible release last year, was extremely pleased with it, and was a shoo-in to follow up when all additional volumes were released. As release date for Sandman Act II approached, I received the expected e-mail that suggested that I buy based on my previous purchase, and I promptly placed an order thinking I was getting the exact same format as the first volume. When it arrived, I learned that though it was recorded on 'Audio CD' as per the description, the CDs contained MP3 audio of the story on two discs, not the more conventional CD's that spread the first volume over a twelve disc set. When I ordered the first one, I very specifically wanted it to be playable on my existing devices that I used to still enjoy my extensive compact disc music collection. I didn't want to download it, I didn't want to stream it from a subscription service- I wanted to be able to enjoy it on my stereo, my blu-ray player, and most importantly, my portable disc-device, so I could enjoy Neil Gaiman's fantasy opus at my leisure while doing other things. None of my devices except my desktop computer has the capacity to play MP3 audio directly off the discs. I don't recall that an MP3 audio option was even available for the first volume, and find it very misleading that the MP3 version of Act II is the default 'physical' option offered on the main page via a button that identifies it as an 'Audio CD', while the multi-disc physical media version is only visible via the 'see all formats and editions' link. I appreciate the 'because you bought this, you should buy...' attentiveness that Amazon puts so much effort into, but I guess I was wrong to assume that they would solicit the sequel to one of the products I purchased in the same format that I got the first time.
The Audible adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” covers the events of Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg’s series from “Season of Mists” through “Distant Mirrors,” which appeared in issues 21-40 & 50 (the fourth through sixth collected volumes of the comic). It’s lovely to hear Gaiman himself provide his dulcet tones as the narrator while James McAvoy brings a brilliantly brooding presence to Morpheus. Kat Dennings perfectly captures Death’s optimism. Emma Corrin is worldly as Thessaly, Brian Cox brings the perfect amount of gravitas to Augustus, John Lithgow is dignified as Emperor Joshua Norton, Joanna Lumley returns as Lady Johanna Constantine, as does Miriam Margolyes as Despair, Kristin Schaal as Delirium, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Michael Sheen as Lucifer, and Jeffrey Wright as Destiny. Joining them are Regé Jean-Page as Orpheus, Bill Nighy as Odin, Kevin Smith as Merv Pumpkinhead, and David Tennant as Loki.
It helps if readers are familiar with the work. While Gaiman narrates each chapter and provides descriptions as necessary, the stories began in the comic book medium with its blend of text and visual storytelling so some details are lost in translation. The theme also overwhelms at times, with chapters structured like a television series featuring a “teaser” prior to the main titles. That being said, the adaptation gets the story beats right and captures the tone of the original comics perfectly. It’s a great adaptation for fans looking to rediscover the series.
I love the production. Sandman part 1 was available as either MP3CD or regular audio CD. Part 2 was available only as an MP3 CD. (I didn't wan't a download from Audible. I wanted a disk.) Apparently, it is a known problem that Apple's music app (formerly iTunes) will not download MP3 CDs. My MacBook Pro and the peripheral disk player will not accept the MP3 CD that I received and deems the disks unreadable. I'm very disappointed that I spent this money and have a very limited way of listening to it in 5-10 minutes sessions in my car.