Just out of idle curiosity, how many of us include sound effects when we're reading? I myself tend to play the novels as "films" in my head, to help me immerse in them; this involves noise as well as visuals, especially for the more distinctive sounds (transporter, warp core, doors, etc.). I've also gotten good at reading dialogue from familiar characters in the actors' voices. I bring this up, because in the last Trek book I read, Cold Equations: The Body Electric, I found myself amused when Spoiler: The Body Electric every time the Machine appeared, I automatically gave it the dramatic scare chords that accompanied V'Ger in The Motion Picture. So, what sounds accompany the novels for you? When the Breen talk, do you hear the garbled static? Do the Tholians chirp and click shrilly as the translator gives us the English? Do nice big noisy explosions go off in your head when things go boom, as things tend to do in sci-fi adventures?