[Athen] other alternatives to Kurzweil?

Mon Sep 10 16:28:44 PDT 2018

Did you try the online version of Kurzweil? They’re voices are better IMO. The standalone/web licensing version uses the more robotic voices.

- Shawn

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin Andrews
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Subject: [Athen] other alternatives to Kurzweil?

Hi all,

I met with a student who I've seen before. They are finding the voices very difficult with Kurzweil and from our discussion, they have tried a variety of voices, different rates of speech, etc, and reported disliking the robotic-sounding voices, not maintaining inflection appropriately, etc. We talked about Learning Ally, but just given a couple of the titles, I don't know this will be feasible since LA does not always carry the titles--as is the case for the one title they were able to give me already thus far.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? It seems computerized voices are problematic for the student. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated here.


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