For day two’s discussion topic for Audiobook Week, Jen has asked that we talk about sound effects in audiobooks. I personally hate them. Nothing irritates me more in an audiobook than when there is a sudden burst of sound – it never fails to jolt me right out of the story. Just tell me the story, please – I don’t need bells or whistles (literally).

Another quirk I have about audiobooks – I love multiple narrators. The best example of this I can think of is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it had about a million narrators and all those voices really added to the listening experience for me. When one narrator does multiple voices it can be kind of cool (such as the case with Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter books) but only if done very well.

Do you like sound effects in audiobooks? If so, what types do you enjoy and are there any kinds that annoy you (like they do me)?