I listen to large numbers of audio books, and I usually speed them up between 2-3 times. Previously I've done this with Adobe Audition - which does a really crisp job of this. However purchasing a license of Audition is a bit expensive. I've tried Audacity, but the quality is nowhere near as good. VLC does this pretty good but I'm not able to save the output.
Is anyone aware of an inexpensive tool that does a good job of speeding up audio (while preserving the pitch)? And be able to save to an mp3.