[access-uk] Re: National Library: Audio books in synthetic speech trial

Hi Ray,

I took part in the trial and found most of the voices dreadful. A couple of them were listenable to if you were waiting desperately for an early copy of a book. I think they definitely need to improve on the voices. Even the one used for the TV Guide I find too jerky to listen to for long. I think it also depends on the type of book. If somebody was looking through a recipe book quickly to find one particular item, then I think the voice used for the TV guide would be OK.

Regards

Mary
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Wondered if anyone on list took part in the NLB trial of books read in synthetic, or rather, concatonated speech? If you have, how have you found it?

Question is prompted by James O'Dell's mentioning just now of the alternative of a DAISY Harry Potter in Synth speech.
Ray


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