"These sounds can be incredibly subtle, even unnoticeable, but have a profound psychological effect. It can be extremely reassuring to have a more attentive-sounding voice."But that same expert, when asked by C|Net, said that if you compare Read-to-Me to an audiobook, there's no real choice between the two.
"I'm a big believer in (text-to-speech) and a booster of it. But I don't think at this point, or for the foreseeable future, it's going to compete meaningfully with a professional book reader...Am I going to sit down and put my feet up and listen to text-to-speech read 'War And Peace' or Harry Potter for six to eight hours? For someone who has the choice, I think they would rather get an audio book."Now, perhaps sometime in the future, a text-to-speech feature like this might pose a real threat. But for now, any such "reading" is monotonic and robotic, and sure is heck doesn't pose a threat.
Listen to the demo below posted by a YouTube user named KindleJunkie. As he rightly says, "it's not bad for what it is, but it's not going to take the place of audiobooks."