Text-A-Loud is a program that can read to you at high speed any text that you can copy. Using this program can help you with both reading retention and the amount of text you consume. It reads out loud or makes you MP3s which you can listen to later.
This program displays the text it is reading, if you read along with it you will be taking in the information in both visual and auditory form for better information retention. Because Text-A-Loud can speak fairly fast it is possible that you may be able to listen to digital books, blogs, news, email even faster than your personal reading speed enabling you to be able to consume more info than you could by reading the text. Text-A-Loud also increases the amount of text you consume by allowing you to preform a number of other tasks while listening, such as performing manual labor or just working out, growing food, solving logic puzzles or playing video games, practice any non-linguistic skill while listening.
I use this very old version because I feel that newer versions of text-a-loud are bloated. I have been trying to find a better program for speed listening since the 90's and nothing I have ever used has been as good as the first generation of Text-A-Loud. I have tried many voices and for speed listening I recommend the use of MS voice “Mary.”You can download Mary for free from their website. I also recommend that you set Mary's pitch at 130 and speed at 510. If you are new to speed listening you will likely not be able to listen at 510 so you will have to set it much lower at first. As you get used to comprehending Mary's robot accent you will be able to listen to and comprehend Mary at faster speeds till you hit the wall of 510 and wish you could go to 511.
Included is a Orion 2000 key-gen to unlock Text-A-Loud.