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Hey Everyone!

As I mentioned the other day in my Audiofreeding ebooks post, I often use a few free apps to listen to my ebooks. I was chatting in Goodreads, and mentioned the apps I use and now another couple of my friends are trying out the same setup.

Text-to-Speech has come a long way. I had put off trying it for ages as I didn't want to listen to a robotic "Stephen Hawking" voice read me books. It's so much better than that now. The voice I use is an Australian accent. It's not monotonous, there are inflections and it usually sounds pretty normal. I've even found it better than some poor narrators I've listened to, but it's not as good as a top notch narrator. There are the odd words that are pronounced wrong but there is the option to edit the way particular letter combinations are pronounced. Sometimes the punctuation or page numbers are read out too if I have converted a pdf to epub, so I usually read those ones on my ereader. It doesn't build suspense, but overall, a good experience.

Here's a review of the latest book my friend "Nicole" read to me.


Pretty Shore (Astonvale #2)Pretty Shore by Carla Caruso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Astonvale series. The setting has moved to the seaside town of Robe in South Australia. Another cosy mystery with some romance thrown in. The same relatable and likable characters we met in book one.

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


  • Where: Netgalley
  • Format: ebook
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