I've recently had a hiking accident in which one eye got damaged. Hopefully I can fully recover, but until then reading longer texts is very exhausting to me. So I'm looking for a text-to-speech (TTS) solution which I can use for e-mails / some other texts.
I'm looking for something like Tacotron 2, but ready-to-use (if possible without a GPU; it does NOT have to be real-time). I've also seen a lot more models in A Survey on Neural Speech Synthesis that might lead to similar good results.
What I tried
eSpeak(code) gives this mp3. Absolutely horrible.
- gTTs (code) gives this mp3. A lot better, but not executed locally. The Google service might shut down at any time + not usable if privacy is a concern.
- Lyrebird is amazing, but not gratis
I used The Awful German Language by Mark Twain as an example:
I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle, and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely in that language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while he said my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to his museum. If he had known what it had cost me to acquire my art, he would also have known that it would break any collector to buy it. Harris and I had been hard at work on our German during several weeks at that time, and although we had made good progress, it had been accomplished under great difficulty and annoyance, for three of our teachers had died in the mean time.