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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 5:13:18 PM PDT
Sonya says:
The main reason I purchased the kindle HD - I love the whispersync and the Professional Narration. Maybe I'm getting lazy reading, but its kinda nice to listen to someone else read for a change.

Also, my son who is 10 years old has a reading issue. I would love to see the Proffesional Narration be added to even to more kids and teens books. I'm happy to see Rick Riordan, Majic Tree House, Andrew Clements, Judy Blume just to named a few authors who have this feature. I hope in the near future Diary of Wimpy Kid will eventually offer this Professional Narration and many more....

Thanks Kindle!

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 5:26:53 PM PDT
Artist says:
Publishers decide whether or not text to speech is enabled. You should probably pass your thoughts on to them directly.

BTW, I thought you were talking about audio books when you called it professional narration, since TTS is just a computer program that reads the book, without even understanding what it's reading.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 6:04:28 PM PDT
Sonya says:
I realized some books are text enabled. However, I tried the Professional Narration on a few books that offer this feature and it's really a cool feature...


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 6:04:35 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Maybe she means the immersion reading? I can't imagine 'loving' the robo-voice.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 6:58:41 PM PDT
Artist says:
My apologies for misunderstanding your question.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:04:46 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
They're generally referred to as audiobooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:10:43 PM PDT
 Ann says:
Since Whispersync for Voice was introduced, Amazon is referring to the Audible books that go along with WSV-enabled titles as "professional narration", I guess to distinguish them from text-to-speech.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:40:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 7:42:59 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Still an audiobook. That very page calls them audiobooks twice. "Professional narration" may describe the content, but it doesn't label the product.

When an author reads her own book, is that "professional narration?" I don't think people who make their livings doing voiceover work would agree.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 3:30:27 PM PST
Sonya says:
It's not the author who reads the book. Someone else does, which is really neat (its better than the enabled text to speech). Immersion reading is the same as Professional Narration. If the book offers this feature, you pay a few dollars more adding Professional Narration. I haven't tried whispersync yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 3:51:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 3:55:31 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Sometimes it's an actor. Sometimes it's the author, especially if it's a memoir or an autobiography (Tina Fey read her own book, for example.) Sometimes it's someone who does voiceover work for a living.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 4:10:39 PM PST
Be nice to have a James Earl Jones narration for every book :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 5:51:30 PM PST
Snoozy says:
ooh yeah!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 5:56:45 PM PST
Darth Vader reading to you... hmmm....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 11:04:33 AM PDT
what do i do to use the professional narration on my Kindle Tablet. I bought it for a book and the book shows up but no where does it show what to click use to professional narration or where it is located on my Kindle app. on the Samsung tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 11:14:18 AM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
When you purchase a book that offer whisper sync voice, you get the option to purchase the audiobook at a discount. After purchasing the audiobook, if you have a kindle fire 2nd gen or above just open the book if your wifi is turned on it will automatically download the audiobook and sync it with the book.

Oh both your audible and Amazon accounts have to be synced for this to work.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 11:52:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2013 12:33:56 AM PDT
If your Kindle has audio capability, check out, which is-I believe-a subsidiary of Amazon. It offers audible e-books with professional narrators. Most of their e-books are for older audiences, but I believe they have some children's e-books, too. It couldn't hurt to check and see.

I was right. I just checked, and DOES have children's books...ranging from: The Cat In The Hat, to The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, and The Wind In The Willows, to The Hardy Boys Mysteries, among many others.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 7:19:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2013 7:21:53 AM PDT
liuhuisheng says:
I purchased the kindle HD simply because of the Professional Narration.
But after two days playing with it, I believe this new feature doesn't really play as advertized.
For new book (kindle book and audiobook), it may plays OK. But old books you own, it is very frustrating. It may play today, and stops play tomorrow. And then it play again, and stops again. It seems Kindle book keeps loosing connection with the audiobook you own on the device, so it only play the sample profession narration, and and then stop. Sometime it won't even plays sample.
Amazon need to fix the bug.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 7:44:26 AM PDT
liuhuisheng - On your older books, did you actually purchase the companion Audible books? You can do that at Make sure you buy the Whispersync for Voice version. Some books have several of them available.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 7:47:26 AM PDT
i would recommend people check out YA Sync - every year for about 8 weeks they offer 2 free audiobook downloads a week - they pair a popular new release with a similar classic - there have been some good ones this year

also, don't discount the library - they have audiobooks and its relatively easy to save the tracks and listen on kindles/ipods etc

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 7:59:25 AM PDT
If you continue to have problems, call Audible customer support.
They are great!

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 1:36:28 PM PST
Professional narration only partial?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2014 1:39:04 PM PST

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 11:26:05 AM PST
Arthur says:
I have lost the professional narration in at least one book ("Babe") for which I had bought that narration, though it still works for at least one other. Also, I can't find how to buy it for others, such as The Burglary, which does have a version on

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2014 10:58:19 AM PDT
R.D. Clark, I think you're missing the point. An audiobook is audio without text. A Kindle book with "professional narration" is the integration and synchronization of both text and audio.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 12:09:06 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
They're synchronized, but not integrated. They are still two separate products, purchased separately, each available without the other.

I think you missed that you're responding to an old, moribund thread.
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