I'm using both TA2 and TA3 to read shortstories. I've tried the AT&T Rich and Mike voices, but find that the NeoSpeech Paul voice sounds the most natural.
I keep looking for ways to improve the naturalness of the way the stories are read and found that using commas, pauses and lines returns works well to get the pace of a spoken sentence correct. The punctuation editor has made it possible to get the words pronounced correctly in most cases (saying Neal Sedaka is still a challenge).
What continues to be a struggle is controling the emphasised word in a sentence or the emphasised sylable withing a word. I tried the SAPI 5 EMPH command, but can tell little or know difference in how a word is spoken.
Does anyone out there have any tips for controling the emphasis on a word or sylable?