I would like that adjustment, too. For me, I’d like a very slight adjustment, like maybe .95 or .90.
Yes, I’ve given my feedback to the Alexa team.
I think many people would slow it down by about that much. Most coders and developers talk super fast and have super fast brains. Amazon is, undoubtedly, full of these 18 to 35 year old vocal speedsters. They set up Alexa so it spoke at speeds like them. A software development hidden bias. But other humans, well, we just talk at about the same speed as newscasters (hence, why newscasters are newscasters—a lot of people understand them) or slower in some states, countries, and people over 40 something. Over 50 something for sure. As Alexa has transitioned from a first adopter product to a mainstream device, it needs to grow up, so to speak, and have adjustable speech so many, many people can understand it better. Not just the Alexa Software Development Engineers. The product is not matching the user needs as a interface by not having fine grain adjustable speech speeds. About 20 percent or 48 million Americans have hearing loss or impairment. Adding this adjustment to Alexa would have a significant impact on the lives of those people.
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Well, almost 10 months after this post and after a big October update and new devices, nothing has changed. Pretty bad since, Alexa's main interface is by voice and it fails the disable and elderly on allowing adjustment of voice speed.
Equally, it is too fast when you are issuing a command. Sometimes, anyone, might not talk so fast (like in the morning!) If you do not complete your command, no pause, no normal human stuttering, only perfect speech and not even a pause for less then a second, “Alexa, play WXYZ… on Tune In”, Alexa is off to the races before the command is finished. A total PITA. Amazon needs to give us control over the time Alexa waits to hear a command completed (allow normal human imperfection) and how fast it reads and talks back.
I agree. We just spent quite a bit of money buying several Echo's for my wife's grandmother. She has hearing issues, and the speed that Alexa speaks is a real issue for her. I would think it would be a simple fix to add a global setting to slow down the speech by 10%.
I agree with all the gripes about being unable to adjust Alexa’s reading speed. She is not suited for either fairy tales or complex science books. The Audible app for Windows has an infinitely variable reading speed. It’s great. But, why on earth can’t Alexa do the same thing!!?? It’s such an obvious feature that any reading app ought to have. Give me some names and email addresses, and I’ll do my best to aggravate them.
absolutely ludacris..... love echo ..for lights etc...but in a household of elderly and hearing impaired absolutely useless when it comes to hearing time etc..was designed for young ears..why no speed control for speach
I agree that Alexa reads way too quickly. Amazon owns Audible and it is possible to adjust the reading speed in Audible. So why can’t Amazon upgrade the Alexa app to allow the adjustment of the reading speed?
Alexa developers should get some programming skills from Audible.
I was glad when I read that Alexa could read my Kindle books to me. It was one reason I bought my Echo. What a disappointment that the speech is so fast that it is useless for most Kindle books. It also would be nice to have the option to have a man’s voice when reading a book that is obviously from a man’s perspective or a man’s autobiography.
The lack of being able to listen to a Kindle book will certainly influence some of my purchases. The technology to control speed is available. I would rather have that than some of the frivolous skills being offered. .