Users of the free NVDA screen reader now have another option for obtaining enhanced voices. Acapela Group is now offering two voice packages, which both include a variety of voice styles and languages and work on up to three computers.
The basic package, which costs 59 Euros or about $67 in U.S. Dollars as of this post, includes what Acapela calls the Colibri voices, which are slightly more robotic but better at higher speech rates. Upgrading to the 99 Euro package ($112 USD) adds higher quality voices which may be more suited for reading books and longer passages.
The voices are available for a 15-day free trial and delivered as an NVDA ad-on.Source: Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA
I'd recommend these over Vocalizer, especially if you need international voices. Also, their DRM is nowhere near as invasive as Nuance's.
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