What are the best text to speech software?

  • #1
    Amazon Polly
    Software

    Windows

    $4 - per 1 million characters for speech requests

    AM
    Written on January 18, 2017
    Andrew Mccoy
    "Amazon Polly is an amazing text to speech software that will allow you to put in voice all your books, articles, and whatever you desire. It's easy and fast and it also includes a lot of free data every month. I really suggest its use to whoever needs to put in words their favorite text."
  • #2
    RD
    Written on March 2, 2017
    Rita Daniels
    "Though the voices can be a little mechanical, NaturalReader's text to speech cadence flows well, no awkward pauses. I like how many choices of voice and accents are available and that you can choose different speeds - I sometimes put dialogue that I've written in to hear if it flows smoothly. It's a simple and easy to use test to speak program that that's free, but I appreciate that I can get more features if I want to pay for them."
  • #3
    SA
    Written on January 11, 2017
    Stephanie Armstrong
    "Zabaware is a free utility which reads text from your screen. It works well and makes computer use much more functional for people with vision issues. Although the included voices work fine there is an option to purchase more natural sounding voices which I would recommend getting."
  • #4
    GW
    Written on January 20, 2017
    Gordie Wang
    "I wear reading glasses and what a pain it is to have to put on my glasses when a text comes in. With this app, I can just listen to the text without having to stop what I am doing to put my glasses on. It is so easy to use and now, when I am busy, I don't have to stop what I am doing to read a text or risk missing an important one."
  • #5
    JA
    Written on February 23, 2017
    Jesse Anderson
    "Studies show that people learn faster when listening to something rather than reading it. I have been on the market to improve my training software by including text to speech. This program is amazing, it works so well and I am well on my way to changing my training and getting better employees because of it!"
  • #6
    MB
    Written on April 22, 2017
    Mary Blair
    "If you have every tried the built in text to speech software on your computer you know how frustrating listening to it can be. There are a few more pleasant sounding text to speech apps out there, but short of speaking everything yourself and uploading it to your own website there was no easy solution to this problem. That is until I can across Acapela Group Virtual Speaker. They offer a wide variety of voice variants with options for extra emotion as well as a whole host of different languages. Now I can give all my clients a text to speech option that makes it much easier for them to stay updated on my post on the go."
  • #7
    Voice Reader
    Software

    Windows

    $52.75 - Per voice

    AS
    Written on April 12, 2017
    Angela Soto
    "My eyesight is not what it used to be. I have to do a lot of reading for my job and squinting at lines of text all day can give me a bad headache. I was so happy to find Voice Reader. Now I can put in my headphones and listen to the text-to-speech easily and not strain my eyes."
  • #8
    MH
    Written on October 9, 2017
    Megan Hopkins
    "I am never home...I travel for work, sometimes by car, sometimes by plane. Love read to me. It lets me load articles that I can listen to while on the go. Need to do some research, need to run two miles. Do them both simultaneously. Load articles, start running and listen away. Love that I can "multi" multitask. Never waste a minute. On the phone with business colleague, they say 'Hey did you read...." Now with Read2Me, you can load the article and read later, no worrying about remembering what you wanted to read. Read2Me has made me so much more efficient with my time. I also love classic rock, use Read2Me to load article about the latest rockers while I sit at the pool and tan. A win-win!"
  • #9
    JR
    Written on March 1, 2017
    Jackie Riley
    "AudioBookMaker is probably one of the best free text to speech software's that you will ever find. I absolutely love that they have a selection of voices that you can choose from and that you can also switch to different languages. The thing that bothers me the most about text to speech software is the monotone voice that you get from it. But AudioBookMaker actually has a built in monotone voice reduction that really works! I will never use another text to speech software again."
  • #10
    BT
    Written on April 13, 2017
    Ben Tyler
    "This product only tells me that it is compatible with windows xp which makes me concerned whether it will work with windows 10. I would prefer a free trial to see how it works before I pay $60 for it. It seems very good but it also seems very outdated. I would just like to try it before I put that much money into it."
  • #11
    WK
    Written on January 16, 2017
    Wesley Kelley
    "I've tried other text to speech software, but TextAloud 3 is one that works with so many of the different formats I use on my Windows machines. The voices can be a little robotic, but I can customize them so easily to your preferences. The software is pretty inexpensive for what I got (the tutorials available on the website showed me all of the capabilities)."
  • #12
    ZG
    Written on January 1, 2017
    Zachary Grant
    "When driving I need an app to help read my emails and text. I could not find anything that worked properly. Text Aloud came along and converted everything I needed read to an MP3 file so that I could reference in later or save it on my computer. This was a great tool I find useful every day."
  • #13
    PB
    Written on May 25, 2017
    Philip Bennett
    "I think Capti Voice is the best text to speech software as I can use content from the Web, GoogleDrive or Dropbox to listen to information. I find that Capti Voice is easy to use as well."
  • #14
    DR
    Written on January 6, 2017
    Douglas Ramos
    "I love Balabolka because it works with anything. The best feature about this Text-To-Speech program is that you can actually save on-screen text to a variety of different audio formats allowing you to listen to them again later."
  • #15
    AN
    Written on November 23, 2017
    Andreas Nagel
    "MWS Reader 5 is in my experience the best one! Why? You can load many many different voices with a high range of characteristics and quality. There are so many special functions and so many possibilities, it is by far the best software out there. You can listen to any text, even to scanned books using the integrated OCR. Unbelievable? Test it yourself! P.S.: It has a great support. He explained me half an hour long how to do that and that. Pros: - many special functions and so many possibilities - many different voices with a high range of characteristics and quality"
  • #16
    SH
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Sharon Hunt
    "This app has amazing potential! It does so well at recognizing all words and has a quick turn around for speaking. There could be more advanced features, but I have hope that they will add them one day."
  • #17
    CC
    Written on January 8, 2018
    Charles Carlson
    "I was looking for text to speech software so I downloaded ICQ. It appears to be a simple instant messaging service. While it has text to speech voice messages, the software itself is not primarily text to speech software."
  • #18
    LH
    Written on September 23, 2017
    Linda Hamilton
    "The best this about Voicepaper is how easy it is to use. I personally to read, but it is nice to be able to mash a few buttons and hear an article, and not worry about running into anyone while I am walking. The interface is intuitive, it can be used for a few minutes before purchase, and the voice is not, well, it doesn't sound like Roz from Monsters, Inc. (But I might enjoy if that was possible sometimes!). For the number of channel options and the overall price (around nine dollars), I like it. I give it two thumbs up for anyone who might walk or run and likes articles over music."
  • #19
    GE
    Written on October 3, 2017
    Gerald Elliott
    "The voice packs are pretty good, and the pronunciation is good too. The only real problem is the voices tend to speak a little too quickly when they come to commas and periods, so if you're using it to read a long passage it can get a little confusing."
  • #20
    CereProc
    Software

    Mac , Windows , Android

    $42.39 - per voice. Varies by plan

    JP
    Written on September 28, 2017
    Jerry Pena
    "CereProc makes very professional text to speech software that's suitable for consumers looking for a high-end product and for businesses alike. They have a number of regional accents available, typically British accents and the like, that are particularly well-done, considering the area the company is based out of. Definitely a company worth checking out if free resources are not sufficient for your needs."
  • #21
    RS
    Written on October 5, 2017
    Rose Santos
    "Voice Dream Reader is the best text to speech software that i've come across. I have the iPhone, so it was the perfect app for that. Makes my life easier. It was easy to setup and install, and the interface is clean."

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Summary

Best text to speech software
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Amazon Polly Software 201 Paid
2 NaturalReader Software 170 Free
3 Zabaware Text To Speech Reader Software 163 Free
4 Read the Words Software 140 Free
5 iSpeech Software 136 Free
6 Acapela Group Virtual Speaker Software 116 Free
7 Voice Reader Software 101 Paid
8 Read2Me Websites 99 Paid
9 AudioBookMaker Software 75 Free
10 TextSpeechPro Software 75 Free
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