Hah! It depends! I do lightning images and when it is real close the thunder sounds like a shotgun (no echo). It felt like it was right behind me. I was already holding my dog wrapped in a jacket because he was shaking and when I saw the bright flash I knew it was going to be close and held him tight and trying to cover his ears. My ears hurt.
So I LOVE lightning, the sound of air rushing in to the void of empty space that has just been vaporized is scarier. I got some pics but the one here was about 3 miles away so not so loud.
About 3 PM, 3 cells merging into one @ .3 sec, 100ISO F38 July 18, 2017
Got my Pink Sunset Fat Rainbow Lightning strike @
Easier to take images darker at night so can elongate the exposure time. Since I have a rolling shutter sensor on my Sony A58, getting frame shots from a video only gets partial piece of the bolt. So like to have it at 3 secs or more. But then it's has to 'think' for 3 seconds and probably miss a good shot. It's point and pray for me and have it on remote trigger continuous on.