And of course I would want to hear the amazing Wavenet voices used in this role.
Also, it only works on MacOS because it uses the Alex voice which comes bundled with the system.
I saw a site that highlighted the official audiobook/ebook of "The Lean Startup" on one page. I love this as a generic solution.
Also check out LearningAlly.org- a non-profit that produces audio books with synced text highlights. They are specifically oriented toward students with reading challenges but I believe anyone with some certification of learning difference can join. (They require certification to avoid conflict with copyright protections)
Have not quite gotten the whole video thing working yet
I use fromtexttospeech to convert to audio. Judging by the voices, it seems like the author is also using the same speech engine.
If I'm not mistaken, these are from Nextup's TextAloud software.
Edit: Though this beats the 50k character limit
I wonder if a better model of word emphasis considering whole sentences could move an automated reader out of the uncanny valley.
It runs inside a Docker container so fairly easy to try it out.
I'm not sure what the book's letter-count is, but the price was $2.82. It's only been about 10 minutes, so I'm not displeased, just curious what to expect.
(P.S. Kudos for the "Accelerando")
Narrator, though, uses Mac OS text to speech, which is nowhere near the level of Polly or Google Cloud Speech.
The most fleshed out service of this type that I've found is narro.co, which offers web/pdf/epub/video/rss/email/text to audio conversions.
Just turn on Speak Screen in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Speech and then swipe down with two fingers while reading your book. It'll even turn the page for you.
The one generated by auditus is too smooth, slightly unnatural
Is this in any way based on Amazon Polly?