Voice Aloud vs eSpeak

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Voice Aloud

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Students, Writers, Educators, Teachers, Content Creators

Pricing

Free

eSpeak

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Online Audio and Video Media

Pricing

Free

20M+ Downloads
5/5

#1 in Magazines & Newspapers

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world. Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything

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Sir Richard Branson

Speechify is absolutely brilliant. Growing up with dyslexia this would have made a big difference. I’m so glad to have it today.

Sir Richard Branson

Voice Aloud reviews

This is a really good app that reads words allowed. I’m using the application to read PDF books. It is working very well. It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs. It does a good job of reading the left column of words first and then the right column of words. It will read the charts and graphs also, so if you don’t want that read, all you have to do is press on the next section you want read. Its a life saver. Also, it works in multi task mode, so you can have PDF reader pulled up, highlighting within your PDF file and making notes while the app is reading to you (e.g. left side of screen has the voice app reading and the right side has the actual PDF book open) One other application I tried would not allow this, which was odd. For only about $8, I say this application is a bargain. I’ve already used the application to read hours of text to me. It is definitely saving me some eye strain. Word pronunciation is pretty decent, but I would follow along as the text reads to you, just Incase the reader pronounces some words awkwardly. Overall, a really good application.

- DesfluraneGas

Needs some attention, but good Love the one time purchase, absolutely worth it as a college student. The only problem I have with it is when it adds extra characters to the start of each page. Most of the time, whenever the page is turned, the program will add and read aloud “a” and/or “-“ two to four times before starting on what the page actually says. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a way to edit this out of the page, though you are able to view the extra “a”s and “-“s in the contents menu of your book. If you’re anything like the average reader, this makes it kinda hard to follow the meaning of the sentence across the page turn when there’s a four to five second break with the voice repeating “a a hyphen hyphen a hyphen.” If you don’t mind it though, it’s a great app and much closer to five stars.

- MoonieMeep

Overall decent. Couple of basic quality of life changes. The rate needs to increase in increments of .1 not.5. I don’t know who could ever understand something at a rate of 5. Second the Web reader needs two basic features. Zoom and search text. Zoom for the oddly small font and search text for long documents so that you don’t have to search manually when telling it to play from here. Otherwise I’m quite pleased it loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine.

- crossfire92

eSpeak reviews

This is an awesome platform to work with and I found it helps with the speech and voice recognition. It is available with the GPL license. It is compatible with the OS X, windows, Linux and android. It helps with speech synthesizing. It is available for free. It is an open source platform. eSpeak is an OSS speech synthesizer designed for various languages which are accessible as a variety command-line program uses a formant integration method. It is Available as shared library for Linux and SAPI5 version for Windows. I am surprised at the amount of great features it has for a free platform!

- Nathan Gordon - Israel Full Stack developer

This is a great app I don't know why all the negative feedback but this is a great app I really enjoy it it works rather well great job.

- Hector Hernandez III

It sounds like a robot, not a human: http://espeak.sourceforge.net/samples.html ... It isn't compact (over 1 megabyte)

- ab1 -Contributor

Pros & cons

Voice Aloud

Pros
It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs
It loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine
Word pronunciation is pretty decent

Cons
Layout and navigation need to be simpler and more descriptive, with lesser icons and more font
The Kindle app cannot open a lot of files, so what the @voice app does is convert documents and websites into a format that the Kindle can read aloud
Has a mechanical "accent," mispronounces or misreads the occasional word, tends to add extra pauses, and occasionally reads punctuation marks instead of obeying them (e.g, "ehyphenmail")

eSpeak

Pros
Several voice characteristics to choose from
Speech output can be saved as .WAV file
Can translate text into phoneme codes, so it could be adapted as a front end for another speech synthesis engine

Cons
Need to know command line installation in linux

What is Speechify?

Speechify is one of the most popular audio tools in the world. Our Google Chrome extension, web app, iOS app, and Android app help anyone listen to content at any speed they want. You can also listen to content in over 30 different voices or languages.

How can Speechify turn anything into an audiobook?

Speechify provides anyone with an audio play button that they can add on top of their content to turn it into an audiobook. With the Speechify app on iOS and Android, anyone can take this information on the go.

Learn more about text to speech online, for iOS, Mac, Android, and Chrome Extension.

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world

Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything you read – faster.

4.6/5

20M+ downloads

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