Audiobooks with Sound Effects

If you’re new to the scene of audiobooks and your interest has been piqued at the idea of listening to an audiobook with sound effects, stick around. In this article, we’re going to clue you in on the rising trend of audiobooks with sound effects and how we create immersive and unforgettable listening experiences for our authors and their listeners. 

Understanding stories with sound effects

To individuals who have never listened to an audiobook with sound effects, or even just a regular audiobook with no sound effects, understanding the complexities of how it all comes together can be challenging at first. 

Audiobooks with no sound effects

An audiobook with no added sound effects is simply a direct translation from the written text to an auditory form. This may be read aloud and recorded by a professional narrator, a voice actor, or in some cases, the author themselves. There is no added pizazz, simply the magic of the story that already exists within the story itself. 

Audiobooks with sound effects

Now, an audiobook with sound effects is an entirely different experience (especially the way we do it). Our sound effects go far beyond the “pow” and “kaboom” of Sunday morning cartoons. The entire story is planned out from start to finish, including an auditory introduction before and after the story starts. In most cases, the final product of this will be heard as personalized music to introduce the tone of the story and where the story begins. And at the end, support the emotional impact of finishing hearing the story’s conclusion, and listening to the credits, much like you would in a movie theatre. 

Our production works alongside the author and their publishing team to create a work of art in auditory form. Made up of sound effects to make you believe you are walking in the characters’ footsteps. 

How do you create an immersive listening experience?

At Canarit Audiobooks, we take great care and attention to building a sound script to complement and highlight your already fantastic story. Our team will guide you through three core steps; casting, pre-production, and recording. 


In this phase, we will determine if the story would be received best with a single narrator or a multi-character narrated story. Much like a play, or movie, we can have one voice per character. Either way, your voice actors are the listeners’ guide throughout the story. Their voice needs to be able to excite them, scare them, make them wonder, and so much more. We have a roster of accomplished voice actors; if the perfect voice isn’t in there, we will host auditions and find them. 

Audiobooks with Sound Effects – Pre-Production

We will work alongside you and your publishing team to carve out the story’s overall tone and auditory presence of the story. We outline the plot’s pace, the characters’ development, and the emotional depths of the written narrative to ensure we do the book justice. 


This is one of the most exciting phases, where everything starts coming together. We work closely with our selected narrators, voice actors, musicians, and foley artists to craft a cohesive sound that brings the listener right to the heart of the story. We spend many sessions in the recording studio to ensure we have the perfect combination of sounds. 

Some people ask us why we think stories with sound effects are trending. And our thoughts on this are that it’s a step above the usual listening experience consumers expect to hear. Audiobooks are no longer cutting-edge technology. So, we’ve found a way to make them more enticing and memorable than ever before. The audiobooks we produce rival the experience someone would receive in a movie theatre; we’ve brought the edge back. 

Hearts and Crosses

In this sample, you can hear that the narrator’s accent and tone complement the southern theme of the book. The music draws you into the story even further, and the hum of chatter allows you to feel s if you’re sitting in that same bar alongside the characters. 

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In this sample, the deliberate and mesmerizing strokes of the piano captivate the listener’s ears immediately. In addition, the sounds of the rushing water, the whooshing wind, and the rustle of the rope all allow the listener to put themselves in the protagonist’s shoes and fully immerse themselves in the story. 

If you’re currently looking to get your book transformed into a memorable and engaging auditory experience, reach out to us at Canarit Audiobooks.

Canarit is so much more than an audiobook company; we are about creating listening experiences that rival live-action theatre or the cinematic experience. 

From casting to pre-production to recording, let’s create an immersive listening experience together!