Audibook – Free Audio Book(“Text to speech” app for free books)
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Have you ever wanted to turn your favorite books into audio books, on your iOS device? With AudiBook, you can, at least for public domain books! With multiple narrators from different countries, tons of books, and adjustable speech speeds, how does AudiBook rate? Stick with us for our full review of AudiBook for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!
AudiBook turns public domain books into audiobooks on your iOS device. From the app, you can choose from around 100 different public domain classics, like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe. These each come with a nice summary and then are downloaded to your device. Load up your favorite public domain book from the library, then select the audio source you would like.
The free version comes with access to several free audio narrators, all which require an active network connection to use. However, once you purchase the other, paid, narrators, you can access them without an active network connection anytime. Tap the narrator you want and then tap to play on the app. You can adjust AudiBook narration speed, from 0.5x to 3x, with many selections in between.
To skip ahead to another page, instead of having the narrator read from the start, make sure to ‘tap’ and select the text on the page you want to start from. Other than that, the app does a very good job of offering audio narrations of popular public domain books. The audio quality is excellent, the narrations fairly smooth, and the different voices done well.
The free version has 5 voices, and the premium purchases include around 25+ voices. Occasionally, I had to re-download my already-purchased voices. This was a little annoying and I’m not sure why this kept happening. Hopefully a future update will address this problem.
AudiBook sports a fairly simple, but functional layout. The cartoon representing each narrator are humorous and help add a little visual flare to the voices. The app’s layout is quite easy to browse, allowing for me as a first-time user to grasp how to use it with ease. Section include Narrators, Select Books, Search, My Book, Favorites, About and more.
AudiBook is a neat little app. Being able to listen, audio eBook style, to a huge selection of public domain classics is great. However, those without a data plan will definitely need to purchase the narrations that are premium to use the app. This too may be a little frustrating, if users encounter the same bug I did (having to constantly redownload each premium voice pack I had purchased). Hopefully, if this little glitch gets ironed out, AudiBook will be a strong contender for top audio eBook app spot on iTunes!
Audibook – Free Audio Book(“Text to speech” app for free books) is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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