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May 12, 2009, 06:57:05 AM
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I found a site called spokentext.net that can convert a pdf, txt, doc or ppt file into an audio book.  You can get it in mp3 or mb4 format.  Then you can listen to your preferred tome in the car, while exercising or at any other time when you could normally be listening to an mp3 player.

They have several voices to select.  It's free to sign up, but you can also pay for a subscription that has some benefits (like getting rid of the advertisement for the site at the beginning and end of each recording).  It might take a moment to get into the flow of the speech since it is computer generated.  Be prepared for some odd pronunciation of obscure words.  However, after you get acclimated to the narration it doesn't sound too peculiar.

Hopefully someone find this helpful. 

(I hope this is the right place to post this.)

May 12, 2009, 10:03:45 AM
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Doesn't something like this sound as weird as Microsoft Sam?

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May 12, 2009, 11:00:02 AM
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It does sound pretty awkward, but the book Natural Magic by John Baptista Porta sounds about the same when you read it. so if the dialect sounds unusual to you anyways, it doesn't really matter.
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May 12, 2009, 01:05:41 PM
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I haven't heard Microsoft Sam in a long time, but if I recall correctly it sounds fairly similar.  You can also change voices and the rate of speech.  I tend to keep it a hair on the slow side to be able to make everything out.

May 12, 2009, 07:06:52 PM
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Fantastic! Thanks Mu. Does sound a bit funny, but hopefully it will be more intelligible once I slow it down.
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May 12, 2009, 07:11:22 PM
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135 is a nice speed I have found.
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May 13, 2009, 08:11:03 AM
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You're welcome, Albatross. 

I keep mine on 140 using Dave.  That works out pretty well.