Originally Posted by Adaptation
How good is text to speech? Is it clear? How fast is it? Can you speed it up if you want?
How good depends on taste I guess. Most words are accurately pronounced and once i got use to the electronic voice I don't miss professional narration because so many books are now available to interact with TTS on Amazon.
The voice quality is like Siri on an iphone.
I can read for while like normal with the Kindle. Pop the kindle in an vest pocket to walk the dog, click on TTS, return home feed the dog still listening to TTS. Read like normal before I go to sleep, turn of the light and set the sleep timer on the kindle to listen some more with TTS. Get up the next day an listen to the book on my commute to work, and read like a traditional book at lunch and so on. Try to do that with a regular book.
This works well with history because a good history book usually tells a story in a narrative form, perfect for TTS on the kindle. I have an Ipad but it only can read one page at a time so the kindle is the clear leader in this area.
This may not work well for a poker book for example, but for history, I love it.