Tuesday: Sound Effects in Audiobooks
Q… Love them? Hate them? Take them or leave them? How do you feel about sound effects in audiobooks?
Alternate suggestions: Single narrator vs. multiple narrators vs. full cast, audio dramatizations, etc.
A… When I started listening to audio books in earnest, one of the main things that I had to get use to was sound effects – listening to eerily chilling sounds or bombastic abrupt noised had me jumping a time or two when I started out and now makes me giggle remembering some of the odd looks I got on the bus or just on my journey out and about.
All in all sound effect in audio books works for me depending on the book, the genre and the narrator to some extent.
Some books definitely worked better with a little bit of sound effect in the background – fantasy as in visual outputs really soar with those epic operatic type sounds.
That said as in everything a fine balance has to be reached as that same sound effect that I praised in one book total had me thinking of something else in another book… A good example for me is "The Flower Duet" from Lakme, I have heard this used as backdrop a few times in audio, however I always think British Airways every time I hear it .
Suspense under any genre does better with sound effect. It builds the mood, it intensify the experience and can only make a good thing better.
Give me a Michael Connelly anytime – love the sound effects on those books.
Two books I would love on audio just for the sound effect are The 39 Steps or The Maltese Falcon – classics…
This is the make or break area for me, for readers of my blog you may remember my love fest with narrator Jack Garrett last year when I listened to Linda Lael Miller books – that man could sell me wax.
His pitch was perfect and the thing I loved with him was his natural speech pattern moved with the sound effects and that made a hell of difference to my listening pleasure.
Multiply narrator works as well- when I challenged myself a couple of years ago to listen to the Twilight books – I think I enjoyed the books because they had a brilliant narrator that seemed to “feel” the book and changed her voice as according and worked with the minor effects presented rather than talk over them. When other narrators where brought in, in the second book I think – they gelled.
On the whole I don't like to discount any area of audio – as it really depend on the book and the other factors that I mentioned above to ensure my ultimate audio pleasure.
What might niggle me in one book, might just work in another book.
This post is apart of the Audio book love week hosted by Jen – Devourer of Book