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Each voice has been recorded reading the following text at different speeds. -5 being the slowest and +5 being the fastest. If you would like to try speeds that are even faster or slower, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the voice you like and if you want it faster or slower.
The following is the text being read;
"The Wind and the Sun
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the
stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the
road, and the Sun said: ‘I see a way to decide our dispute.
Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his
cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin.’ So the
Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow
as hard as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he
blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak
round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair.
Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon
the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his
Kindness effects more than severity."
[This is a story from Asop's Fables]