You can enable reading a book - your computer will start reading the text of the book.
To install the Text-to-speech engine on your computer, you have to download and install two free installation packages from the Microsoft site.
You may want to check out other third-party speech engines. They may have the language or voice that you're looking for.
SAPI 4.0 runtime support
Download the Microsoft SAPI 4.0a runtime binaries (824 KB exe)
Speech control panel
The Speech Control Panel enables you to list the compatible speech recognition and text-to-speech engines installed on your system and to view and customize their settings for your use. When you install the file, it adds a speech icon to your Control Panel that you can open. Note that this application will only install on Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows NT® 4.0, and Windows 2000 systems.
To start reading, click the button or press F4. The button will change to . Click it to pause reading. Clicking the button will stop reading.