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It is very clear from the tonality, and many sound elements, that the book is being narrated by a text-to-speech engine, and not a very good one at that (I have validated my impressions with software developers involved in the field, in addition to my own experience). I can't listen to 16.5 hours of this.
Audible: do not allow text-to-speech in your catalogue please. When we buy an Audible title it is to have the satisfaction of having it read by a human with the sensibilities of a human. If we want text-to-speech we can just buy the Kindle version and have it narrated using the operating system's text-to-speech narration service for the visually impaired. I understand that having automated narration is much cheaper to produce, but also understand that the value of the end product is also much, much, much lower.
I hope this is not an indication of things to come.
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Where does Troublemakers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Most annoying book I've ever listened to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Troublemakers?
Realizing the book was being read by a robot. A pretty good one, but a robot none the less.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Have you ever wanted to have Julie from Amtrak read you a book? If so, buy this book! If not, and if you'll be distracted by the odd inflections, weird little pauses and always slightly out of sync feeling of text to speech conversion, avoid this title.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Well, I listened to as much of it as I'm ever going to listen to in one setting. All of about 15 minutes worth of it to be exact. I kept hoping maybe it was a joke. "Hey, did you realize that the intro was read by a computer? Ain't science wonderful? Now here's a real person to read the book!" Sadly, that's not what happened.
Any additional comments?
Hire a human and record the book again.
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