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  • How do I convert PDF to mp3 other than the ways mentioned here?

  • Is there any free software that will do this for me?

  • This is because I think the read out loud feature sounds too artificial and downloading from zamzar takes long as they limit the download speed. (It's not quick)

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There is may be some insight in Good Text-to-Speech solution for Windows. –  dangowans Aug 30 '12 at 18:17
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How do I convert PDF to mp3 other than the ways mentioned here?

You can use a program like Dragon Dictation.

Is there any free software that will do this for me?

Adobe Reader is the free solution. It seems all Zamzar is doing is creating a mp3 similar to the mp3 file created from the audio recording from Adobe Reader.

This is because I think the read out loud feature sounds too artificial and downloading from zamzar takes long as they limit the download speed. (It's not quick)

Most of the "Text to Audio" voices sound artificial. Even the voice within Nuance's $300 program sounds fake, and they are one of the leaders in that market, so you are going to have to accept artificial.

In other words...your expectations are too high.

You could also just record your own voice while you read the document.

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Artificial- Not so much of a problem. But the lack of pauses make it virtually incoherent! –  Sab Aug 30 '12 at 14:58
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@Sab - It sounds like you need to record the audio yourself. –  Ramhound Aug 30 '12 at 15:16
    
Yep . Thats is the only way I thik I can achieve it. –  Sab Aug 31 '12 at 2:10
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It may be a pile of work depending on the size of your PDFs, but if you are producing the audio for "non-commercial use", the AT&T Natural Voices Text to Speech Demo site may help.

Copy blocks of the text from the PDF into the website, and click "SPEAK" or "DOWNLOAD". The speaker is obviously still artificial, but some of the best artificial I've heard.

Once you download all the chunks, use something like Audacity to assemble it.

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The AT&T demo has a paid for software available if you like the results and want to shell out a couple hundred bucks. –  dangowans Aug 30 '12 at 15:54
    
Looks like the online demo has a 300 character limit as well. Working through a large PDF using the demo may not be feasible with that limitation. –  dangowans Aug 30 '12 at 17:31
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