You can hear all the sounds from the starting Village area while the Romulan Intro Cinematic is playing - birds chirping, disruptor fire, bottles breaking etc. Tested it twice to be sure - in both cases I could hear all the surroundings.
Tovan, to me, just seems to come off as a little too whiney at times. I get that he's part of the plot and all, but frankly I was ready to drop him by the time (spoiler alert) that we found his sister. Unfortunately, dropping him isn't even an option.