can you use a text to speech program to make an audio book or is that too cheap.?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    You can do what you wish, as there are no laws about this. But audio book fans will hate it. They have favorite audio book actors. It's acting, not just reading. To self-publish an audio book that anyone wants to read will cost $3K or more. Sorry.

    • Quentin
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Text to speech comes with every Mac, so it is free for robot sounding reading. 
      p.s. "To self-publish an audio book that anyone wants to LISTEN TO ..."

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  • Cogito
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    4 weeks ago

    You can - technically - but the result would be dreadful and no-one would want to listen to it.

    Have you ever heard any of those Youtube videos which have used automatic speech?  The emphasis is on the wrong words, there is no emotion or feeling, the pauses and hesitations necessary for natural speech is missing and it sounds terrible.

    My daughter is a voice actor and she's done a couple of books.  She's trained for many years and had tons of stage and film experience to enable her to do this.  That's the sort of talent, skill and training required to voice anything and produce a good, enjoyable result.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    If you can't afford to hire a well-versed professional then I would recommend finding a voice actor on a smaller site like Patreon or Fiver. The price would probably depend on word count but it would definitely be cheaper than someone with an agency or something and sound a million times better than a text-to-speech program.

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