To put it bluntly, this app is good, but the kinks need to be worked out. To give some backstory about my experience with books, I have a hard time keeping my attention with them to the point where I would have to rely on an audiobook to have someone read the book for me. Problem is, I started listening to full-cast audiobooks, and as a result, I have trouble listening to single-narrated audiobooks. But being a user of the Kindle and using their ebooks, with some audiobooks, they not only offer books in ebook form, but can also offer the audiobook at a reduced price, and when you own both of them, if you just want to read the book but need help following along, the Kindle will highlight the word of the audiobook is saying to you, and it's helped me follow along the story of my choice. But the problem with that method, is that not every book has an audiobook, and for those that do, it can hurt your wallet after awhile. I will not mention another app that I have been using before I found this one, but I was looking for an alternative to this certain app I've been using before this one, and while it did what it was supposed to do, my trial run was about to run out and they were asking for a very high subscription price that I couldn't afford. So doing some window shopping, I found this app, and after taking a test run, it did everything I wanted it to do, to the point where I automatically made the jump and bought the full version of this app and have been using it ever since. Now here's where the kinks come in, when I first started using the app, there were times where the word that was supposed to be narrated by the app would not be highlighted and I didn't know why it wouldn't, but I eventually found a workaround to that problem. I figured out that the words would only be highlighted if a female voice did it and not a male one, but I picked out en-US-language English out of the dropbox, as opposed to Random (Prefer High Quality), and it works without any problems. Now here's another problem I'm having with this app, sometimes when I open a book I want to read, the app will not open the book no matter how many times I click on the book title. I have to restart the app multiple times until I can get it to open the book. This is obviously gonna have to be something that you guys are gonna need to fix down the road. Other than not opening the book until I restart it a few times, this will become my new app for reading books down the road. Thank you.
4 people found this review helpful
UPDATE: the issue should have been fixed, please check it. \\ For the highlighter it depends on the voices capabilities and app doesn't provide any voices. For Google provided voices those that have 'local' in the name have the capability to provide the proper highlight feedback and those titled as 'network' don't.
I originally found Speech Central on Windows Phone and it was so incredibly useful that I hunted for and found it on Android. So many great features. It reads text from many sources to you. You can adjust the speed of the reading. Speech Central, Thank you for supporting Windows Phone.
9 people found this review helpful
Great start on this speech app. I like that I can move my articles onto an audio format. I can now do chores while getting caught up on the news. Some cons, It is the 1990s, not one thousand nine hundred and ninety S. It doesn't do acronyms very well. For example, FBI becomes FuhBuy. It seems to have difficulty with telling the main article from the picture description/explanation. I feel that this is a good start, and I will improve my score as they get some of those issues addressed.
18 people found this review helpful
Text to speech technology is not provided by this application but rather by your device. One thing that will be done is that there will be a dictionary for custom pronunciations in the future. You may buy voices from CereProc on Google Play if you are not satisfied how your device reads text.