What's the best tool for listening to articles?

Medium just launched audio stories, which seems like a cool feature! But it's a members-only feature. There are alternatives out there... what's your favorite?
Niv DrorWriter/Social Editor @ProductHunt · Asked

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Play (for Medium)

Listen to Medium articles with a Chrome Extension

Niv Dror3Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt · Written
This seems like a very popular Chrome extension for listening to articles. Did well in the Product Hunt launch 😊
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Kunal Bhatia22Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
I use Play.ht for providing audio for my Medium readers. They are robotic voices, but it gets the job done and it's very easy to get started. You can even embed the player inside your own articles.
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keyulMaker of Bot Stash, Product Huntian · Written
I was going to recommend this when I saw the question. But you already did. This is definitely the best extension to listen to Medium articles.
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Medium Audio Stories

Listen to your favorite Medium stories

Niv Dror3Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt · Written
The product looks super well done, and seems like the first real value feature in the Medium Members upgrade. Wondering what @rrhoover things as he is a member :-)
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Pocket Listen

Reading is hard. Listen to articles instead.

Ben Tossell18Community Lead, Product Hunt · Written
I use Pocket A LOT so I tend to get a lot of backed up content to get through. Sometimes its easier to use Pocket listen. Although the voice is fairly robot-y
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Tattle

Listen to your news stories, narrated by humans

Kate42Community @ Product Hunt · Written
Instead of reading the news, enjoy it being read to you! Plus, it's read to you in a friendly human voice (instead of a robot voice, because as much as I like Alexa and Siri, they don't have the same finesse).
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Audm

The world's best longform journalism, read aloud.

ryanCofounder, Audm · Written
ryan made this product
Audm is an iOS app that lets you listen to audio versions of longform feature articles from publishers like The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, ProPublica, Outside Magazine, Foreign Policy, and London Review of Books. The stories are read by audiobook narrators.
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Nathan BashawCo-founder and CEO of Hardbound · Written
I love Audm! It's the only way I can get through long David Frum pieces in The Atlantic :)
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Volume

Listen to startup and tech focused Medium stories

Nick Abouzeid 🕴6Social & Growth Intern at Product Hunt · Written
These are just tech articles sourced from Medium and run through IBM's Watson text to speech generator. Not as natural as a normal audiobook/podcast, but they do the trick.
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FromTexTtoSpeech

Oleg I. GalkinFounder of VideoWorkLink.com · Written
Good voices. Just copy text of an article and paste it there.
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Narro

The simplest way to listen to the web

JoshVP Eng @ThreadMeUp, Founder @NarroApp · Written
Josh made this product
Narro has been doing this longer than the others and is continuing to release new features and voices!
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DuoBook

Switch between reading and listening to the same story

Nick Abouzeid 🕴6Social & Growth Intern at Product Hunt · Written
DuoBook works wonderfully - you can switch back and forth between reading & listening, which makes it perfect for someone who has a hard time dedicating time to just listening to a book 😅
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Ayush Mittal12bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
Been using Play for Medium and sometimes Audiofy while driving. Ability to connect with Pocket/Instapaper, save from Safari/Chrome or Discover the latest feed. Voice is not as great as Play.
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Rightspeed

Listen to audiobooks at ridiculously fast speeds

Jake Crump4Community Team with Product Hunt · Written
This is super helpful for anyone who doesn't have a ton of time, but still wants to enjoy audiobooks.
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Voice Dream

Best Text to Speech App

LekanBFounder @ SpaceHQ.co · Written
I use this everyday. Look past the old school design, this is the BEST TTS app. Integrates with Pocket, Google Drive and reads PDF's too.
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@Voice Aloud Reader

Voice Aloud Reader is still the only app I've ever paid for, just because I received so much value from the free, ad supported version. It plays almost any file type, syncs with Pocket, Dropbox, Google Drive and it's really easy to skip or go back a sentence or paragraph.
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ReadByHumans

Top HackerNews articles in human-read podcast format

Raman ShalupauReadByHumans.com · Written
Raman Shalupau made this product
Real people narrate your content. REAL. PEOPLE. Synthesized voice is nowhere near. We are starting out with top HN articles and cryptocurrency whitepapers, but will soon start narrating any article or document on demand. Subscribe to keep tabs on our progress!
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curio.io

Writing worth listening to from top publications

Robert SampsonDesigner, for lack of a better word · Written
Articles read professionally by flesh and blood humans from publications like the Guardian, AEON, Idler, Nautilus, etc...
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Instapaper

Save articles to Read Later

Howard HuangVP Marketing, Howard Electronics Co. · Written
This is what I gravitate towards. Just save an article, click the share button --> speak and it reads the article to you.
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Speechify

Read faster, stay focused & absorb more - Create Audiobooks

Great text to speech app. Has brilliant keyboard shortcuts :)
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