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Audiobook Week ~ Day 2 ~ Do You Like Sound Effects?

The first thing that came to mind when I read about this topic for today was the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. I decided to run with that. In homage* to Dr. Suess and with a twist, here is my opinion about sound effects in audiobooks:

Green Eggs and Sound Effects

Do you like
sound effects in your audiobooks?

I do not like them,
They are added hooks.
I do not like
sound effects in my audiobooks.

Would you like them
in a house?
Would you like them
with a mouse?

I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like sound effects in my audiobooks.
I do not like them, those added hooks.

You do not like them.
SO you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may.
Try them and you may I say.

I have tried those added hooks.
I have tried sound effects in my audiobooks.
I do not like to think I hear rain.
I do not like getting startled by a train.
I do not like the sound of a mouse
while listening to audiobooks in my house.
Adding music puts me in a mood.
Ominous or pretty, those sounds intrude.

The narrator’s voice is all I need.
I like the voice alone, in deed!
For me, sound effects don’t add a lick.
Stories and narrators don’t need that trick.

I do not like
sound effects in my audiobooks!
Be gone with those added hooks!

* The author has a long history of basturdizing paying homage to famous verse. She previously wrote a version of “Casey at the Bat” entitled “Sweet Lou at the Bat.” Unlike in the original, Sweet Lou Whitaker hits a home run to win the game. A Tiger would never strike out, silly!

15 Comments

  • At 2011.06.07 00:17, Jen @ A Book and a Latte said:

    Love this post, it made me smile. Genius! My day 2 post will be up by mid-day tomorrow. ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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    • At 2011.06.07 04:03, stargazerpuj said:

      Great post. This was such fun to read. 🙂
      I don’t know yet if I like sound effects since I haven’t come across them. Will find out soon enough I’m sure.

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      • At 2011.06.07 07:27, Sheila (Bookjourney) said:

        This is so awesome! You crack me up (get it- crack? Like eggs?) Ok… it is early here 🙂

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        • At 2011.06.07 07:49, Chrisbookarama said:

          I’ve only had one book with sound effects so far: The Prince of the Mist. It was weird at first but I got used to it.

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          • At 2011.06.07 07:58, Erotic Horizon said:

            Excellent…

            Makes me want to drag out my copy of Dr Suess…

            🙂

            • At 2011.06.07 08:06, Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) said:

              Ha – fantastic! I thought I was ambivalent, but after reading your work, I think you’ve persuaded me otherwise. Nice way to respond to the question.

              • At 2011.06.07 09:35, Jaime said:

                I’m not a fan of sound effects, but they mostly just crack me up in a “this is ridiculous” sort of way.

                I once listened to a book that added music whenever there was any sort of love scene. It gave it a real weird “porn” vibe.

                • At 2011.06.07 10:23, Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said:

                  I love your post and couldn’t agree more. I do find sound effects distracting at times. I don’t mind the music at the end of the disc because it lets me know that I am going to have to change the disc in a moment and gives me the opportunity to get the next disc ready–besides there have been a couple of times that I have listened to the first few minutes of the beginning of the disc over because I didn’t realize it had ended. 🙂 I do not like music or sound effects in the middle though–they are distracting.

                  • At 2011.06.07 10:24, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                    You Crack. Me. Up.

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                    • At 2011.06.07 10:31, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

                      I love your post! I don’t like sound effects either – they take me out of the book.

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                      • At 2011.06.07 11:00, Teresa said:

                        Oh my gosh! I love this! I think you might have just made my day.

                        • At 2011.06.07 11:13, Megan Fitz said:

                          Even though I usually like sound effect, I LOVED the poem! Getting startled by a train IS unpleasant, but I enjoy the incongruity when I’m transported someplace completely different from my physical surroundings by the audiobook experience.

                          • At 2011.06.07 11:19, Nise' said:

                            I am going to be reciting Green Eggs and Ham all day long. I love that book, but not on the nook. I prefer the hardback so I can share it with my nephew, Mack! He likes the pictures (he’s only 1).

                            Not a fan of sound effects.

                            • At 2011.06.07 11:43, Cassandra @ Indie Reader Houston said:

                              Hilarious! I have very limited experience, but, so far, I’m right there with you. I don’t appreciate the sound effects. I don’t really like them in the theater either – not the pre-recorded cheesy ones. Too distracting.

                              • At 2011.06.07 13:10, Kristin T. said:

                                I love your poem – very well said!!!

                                I’m still relatively new to audio books and haven’t had much experience with sound effects.

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