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. May 13, 2017 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, 2017 at 9:36
  • You might be able to record to Audacity (free) through some sort of streaming. May 21, 2017 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).


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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