I recently listened to a Draft2Digital interview with Google Play Product Manager, Ryan Dingler about their auto narration through AI (artificial intelligence).
If you want to learn more about it, check out this YouTube link
I found Google Play easy to set up and use. I still want to have the books professionally narrated by an actor but until I can afford that, this will suffice.
Joanna Penn of Creative Penn Podcast suggests having your books available in different markets and at different prices for our variety of readers. She has her books auto narrated through AI, she has also narrated her own books and hired a professional narrator.
While the artificial intelligence isn’t capable of doing the inflections and the dramatic changes in the story, neither are they monotone. Some of the narrator choices are very realistic. You can adjust their reading speed.
Being able to offer my stories to the sight-impaired was a big part of the reason I wanted to do this. A friend of mine used to record herself reading on cassette tape for her sister.
Only in My Dreams https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details?id=AQAAAECCVXIV4M
Christmas Inn at Teach’s Island https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details?id=AQAAAECCFQhVmM
Willow’s Retreat https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details?id=AQAAAECCFSpVuM
Evergreen Crystals https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details?id=AQAAAECCZVwlzM