[bksvol-discuss] Re: about braille

  • From: "Kellie Hartmann" <kellhart@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 12:45:46 -0500

I don't like to have different narrators for the books in a series either. I
don't mind human narrators if they read well, and for some things I prefer
them. For instance, I have a DecTalk synthesizer which butchers foreign
words beyond recognition most of the time. I think viaVoice or Eloquence or
whatever you call it does better with foreign words, but I happen not to
like it very much. My true favorite, I know, this will cause a howl of
protest from almost everyone who's ever heard it, is the Keynote
synthesizer. It's admittedly robotic, but its prosodic pausing and emphasis,
as well as it's pronunciation, are very good. Also, it can read fast without
slurring or stuttering.

My main problem with reading books on the computer is that I tend to go
through them horribly fast. So I like to read in braille a lot, the book
lasts longer without making me feel like I'm reading it too slowly.

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