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I have some french text, would like convert them to MP3 files to listen. Any text-to-speech software to recommend? I hope it's free and for Windows. Note: not necessarily to MP3, as long as it could convert to audio files, e.g. .wav, it's ok.

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    (1) Natural reader – free trial, various voices, limited to ½ hour for free version. Unlimited for paid version. (2) Dragon. Note, both have lots of voices in various languages including French. (3) Foxit is a free pdf reader and can do also text-to-speech (in the View menu). However, you will need to find a French voice. RealSpeak Sophie (French) used to be free, but now I can’t find it. You might also want to consider a browser plugin. – aparente001 May 13 '17 at 5:42
  • @aparente001 seems none is free on converting to mp3? e.g. natural reader trial version could read, but to convert to mp3 need upgrade... – athos May 21 '17 at 9:36
  • You might be able to record to Audacity (free) through some sort of streaming. – aparente001 May 21 '17 at 20:36
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I am the author of Intelligent Speaker - extension for browser, we use the best available speech engine - Polly from Amazon. Intelligent Speaker

You can get your podcast feed and grab m4a files (better than mp3 - better quality for smaller filesize).

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You can e.g. use the free Balabolka which can save as MP3. It's free and runs on Windows. It will detect the installed voices.

Screenshot with English voice

You'll need a French voice so that the text sounds proper. Using e.g. Microsoft Anna will not give good results. Nuance has French voices for ~ 40 €.

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