Re: I take it there have been no improvements to the flawed speaking in 2017.4?

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I think it depends on what you are reading and also on the person you are, so to speak. In Bcab for example there is one person who reads books so fast with electronic speech I cannot understand a single word, yet he sees it as perfectly reasonable.
The fact is that just like everything else voices and how a book is read is an extremely personal thing, and as such no consensus can be reached. add in other languages, and you make the problem even harder to solve.
I think what is irking people at least who is the English voices of espeak is that it used to get most things right, but now seems to have had some strange choices made that affect some words in certain contexts but not otherwise, ie messing with the logic of which bits of speech are used when.


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Subject: Re: [nvda] I take it there have been no improvements to the flawed speaking in 2017.4?


Just now picking up on this thread, so if suggestions here have be put
forward, apologies.

Do you have access to an Apple phone or tablet? For a long time, I felt as
you do. Synthesizer reading was always my last choice. For years now, I have
used Voice Dream Reader and my go to voice is James. The quality of his
reading is exceptional. The number and range of recorded books will always
be limited as quality recording takes far more time than the listening
length of a book and therefore is costly. Book share's collection is now up
over half a million books and growing all the time. I am no longer a student
so cannot access Bookshare for free,. However $50 per year gives me access
to the entire library. More and more often I hear a review of a book that
has just been published in print, and when I check at Bookshare, it is
already there. I like the features that let me bookmark passages, highlight
text, and copy it if I want and even add my own annotation.

I pushed myself to learn to read synthesizer read books when I discovered
James. I picked a book that I had longed to read but for which there was no
recorded copy. Half way through that book, it just didn't matter at all that
I was not hearing a human reader. I still read many recorded books, but the
digital option has opened a whole new library.


Dr. Rick Ely

TVI, Vision Consultant

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Florence, MA 01062

&413() 727-3038

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Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2018 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] I take it there have been no improvements to the flawed
espeak ng in 2017.4?

Also, I often prefer hearing an efficient synthesizer such as Eloquence or
Via Voice or Dectalk when listening to a book. When I'm using a computer or
a device like a note taker or tablet, I can check how anything is spelled, I
can very easily copy and paste if I want or need to take notes, andI can
listen more quickly.

It allows you to be closer to the actual text.


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Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:11 PM

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Subject: Re: [nvda] I take it there have been no improvements to the flawed
espeak ng in 2017.4?

Lino Morales <linomorales001@... <mailto:linomorales001@...> >
This is what talking books are for. Regardless of what synth I use. You
realize bla hearing a book ready by a speech synth would be? Boring. It
would put me to sleep.

But not all books are made into audio books. In fact, the vast majority are
not. And if you're into online fiction, synth reading is the only game in

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