This week is Audiobook week and our host Jen from Devourer Of Books has been posting themes each day as well as audio giveaways. Todays topic was on sound effects in audio books. originally I wasn’t planning on writing this post as I fall somewhere in between. As the day went on and I thought about it… I decided maybe I did have something to say to this after all.
If you read my “No Excuses” audio book post yesterday, you may recall I mentioned that my first audio was a James Patterson, Worst Case. (Which – shameless plug here… this particular series with Michael Bennett are clean and excellent audio… you can not say that about all of Patterson’s work). Now no matter where you fall on the whole Patterson issue (love him, hate him….) this is not so much about him as it is about the narrators and the sound effects. The narrators of these books are so fantastic, and as this was my “debut into audio”, the sound effects were icing on the audio case. An occasional gun shot, a door slamming, the sounds of footsteps…. not cheesy, not consistent throughout the reading, but occasional and like they belonged. I remember I was so into that first book when that gun shot sounded I jumped. Now that my friend…. is good audio.
Now on the other side of this…. it can also not work. Be considered cheesy, over the top, and just basically too much and I want to say STOP IT. Just STOP IT. 😛 I am currently listening to an audio (it shall not be named…) where I am experiencing this over the top dramatic sound effects. It is a classic so I am thinking they meant it to be this way, but I am finding it takes away from the experience and I am finding in this case that it distracts me from the story line.
This particular discussion – is really the listeners preference. For more thought son this topic stop by the discussion going on at Devourer Of Books and see the other audio listeners links to their thoughts on sound effects in audio.