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is there a kindle available which is audible?

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Initial post: 3 Jun 2012, 12:15:51 BST
i have a friend who is recovering from a stroke, and has been told that his reading may improve if he can hear the story being told to him whilst trying to look at the words.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 12:20:15 BST
My KK 3g allows you to listen to music and the books that have been selected as audio books. Check out specification of his Kindle on the home page

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 12:21:37 BST
Hippocratia says:
The basic (£89) kindle wouldn't be any good, because it doesn't have Text-to-speech, but the Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard do have that facility. Others can comment more on how it works.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 12:23:06 BST
chrissie says:
Yes, there is. My Kindle (£145) reads the stories to you. I downloaded a few and a blind friend of mine listens to them - you can choose a man or a woman's voice which, though American, is not too broad. You can also turn the voice to slow or faster according to your taste. Brilliant for someone who has had a stroke or has poor eyesight, as well as little ones who like to listen to stories.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 12:27:43 BST
thank you all so much, chrissie your kindle sounds ideal.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012, 12:37:22 BST
Willber G says:
The cheapest Kindle with audio is this one for £109:
Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Touch Screen Display

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 16:03:14 BST
SueN says:
Or a used keyboard Kindle (the one which was originally £111) - audio books or text to speech, though you can't alter the speed of the speech.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012, 16:06:44 BST
Damaskcat says:
You can actually alter the speed of the speech - well you can on my KK anyway.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012, 16:07:27 BST
Text to speech is an option but remember it's a cheap and not always satisfactory option. It won't be the same as a professionally produced audio book.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012, 19:25:31 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2012, 19:31:57 BST
@Sand: Just to highlight - the Talk To Me function works on about 99.9% of the books you buy through amazon - even the free ones. More importantly it works on any document you send to your kindle (apart from .pdf files.)

When my dad was recovering from a stroke and stuggling through speech therapy classes for aphasia and aphasic recognition we would be given simple A4 pages of words to read aloud. Being able to have sent them as (say) word documents to a Kindle would have been a great assistance.

One side effect of the stroke was a problem "getting started". To start a book "reading" you have to hit the Aa button, click and select speed, voice and then off you go. This may be a struggle since it's not that intuitive and may need bit of help (or a lot).
However, once it's started simply press the big SPACE key to pause and the SPACE key again to restart (within the same document/book of course). Total control.

I am biased. I think the TTM feature is fantastic. The nearest entry level pc software to perform even modestly approaching the TTM standards cost about £480 and meant having to sit at a boring pc desk locked away and isolated and took hours to apply to documents.
Yes TTM it is American. Yes it takes some getting used to. Yes it gets confused at times and says "m" "r" instead of "Mister". To me that's rather like complaining the ash trays are too small in a Rolls Royce. Enjoy the feature and revel in its liberation :) Regards, CW.

p.s. it also reads most newspapers downloaded. Again, not 100% perfect - but maybe 95% is a heck of a lot better than 0% :)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012, 19:30:35 BST
@Ali: I am not aware of many audio books that come with the associated text. Nor am I aware of any audio books that can change speed of delivery. I don't know of any audio books that say the word "cat" 40 times to help a stroke recovery patient try to lock the word and sound back into new pathways as they struggle to rebuild the links destroyed by the stroke.

What was your point again in reply to the original posters specific question regarding simultaneous audio/visual delivery? CW.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012, 19:34:57 BST
Willber G says:
Good post, CW.
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