Now in the “Reader” section of the Yandex mobile application you can not only read, but also listen to books. To do this, just say: “Alice, open the Reader”, select the work and click on the headphone icon.
If you want to stop reading the book, then, when you restart it, “Alice” will begin to voice it from the place where it left off. The user can choose a suitable reading speed and even a voice acting option – in addition to the standard voice of “Alice”, there is a version with a male voice.
The developers teach speech synthesis technology using examples of professional speakers’ speech, so that reading “Alice” sounds more natural, including the correct placement of stress, pauses in the right places and the choice of correct intonations.