Hi Lori,

Well, as I said earlier there are lots of alternatives to the Scansoft
Real Speak voices, and most of them sound pretty good. Here is a few
suggestions to check out.

First, there is the AT&T Natural Voices which happen to be sold
through Nextup.com. I actually use Mike and Cristal a lot, and they
are definitely some of the more human sounding voices out there.

Next, there is the Swift 5 voices produced by Cepstral.com. Some of
their voices like Callie and Diane actually sound pretty decent
reading books from Bookshare etc. Even better yet they have 32-bit and
64-bit versions now, they have versions for Mac, Linux, and Windows
and they seem to be open minded about supporting as many applications,
screen readers, etc as possible. I don't think you can go wrong with
any of their voices.

There is the Ivona TTS voices sold by Ivona.com. These are probably
the best sounding voices I've ever heard. They are a bit on the
expensive side,$45.00 or so each, but they really sound human. I've
been listening to a book read by one of their U.K. voices, Amy, and
she sounds very human.

Finally, there is the Cereproc voices Dark mentioned sold by
Cereproc.com. I personally didn't care for their voices myself, but I
do know some VI computer users/gamers like them. They are worth
checking out as well.


On 5/11/11, Lori Duncan <lori_dunca...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I think that's terrible, they're just out for the money these companies.  I
> wish there was a way of me getting hold of a disk of jaws 8, but I don't
> know of anyone who has one  and Mary isn't working so good, she sounds like
> she's got a sore throat, very crackley.

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