Review: The Sandman Act III by Dirk Maggs and Neil Gaiman

Cover for The Sandman Act III by Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs

Title: The Sandman Act III

Author: Dirk Maggs and Neil Gaiman

Narrators: Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, K.J. Apa, Kat Dennings, Shruti Haasan, David Harewood, Regé-Jean Page, Kristen Schaal, Wil Wheaton

Series: The Sandman Audio  #3 

Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

This adaptation contains the stories from volumes 6-8 of The Sandman comics. 

This was another great adaptation of this series. I enjoyed the graphic novels of these three volumes but the audiobook really brings the character to life, especially with this great cast of people to voice the characters. 

This volume contains The Story of Orpheus, Brief Lives, and World’s End. Orpheus, who is Morpheus’ son, had a heartbreaking story of love and loss. He found love and lost her on his wedding day, in response he goes to see Hades to save her and fails in the task. He also ends up finding out the consequences of his actions when he is attacked and should have died. He then spends hundreds of years trapped on an island until Morpheus releases him. These two do not have a great relationship but I liked seeing Morpheus finally feel in this one. He grieves and starts to see how his actions affect others. 

Brief Lives is Morpheus and his sister Delirium searching for their lost brother Destruction. It was great seeing Morpheus actually spend time with someone other than Death. I really liked Delirium and Kristen Schaal did a great job voicing her character. Destruction is an interesting character and I wish we had got to learn more about him. 

The World’s End story was basically a bunch of people being stuck in a Inn and telling stories about their lives. Some were interesting, others not so much. It was ok. Compared to the previous stories in this volume, this one was just ok for me. Overall, this was another great audio adaptation with a great cast of narrators. I can’t wait to listen to the next one! 

Trigger and Content Warnings: death of spouse on wedding day; attempted rape; grief; dismemberment; puking noises; death of son (ep. 12); miscarriage briefly mentioned (ep. 13)


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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. The Sandman Act I
  2. The Sandman Act II

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