I discovered this little tidbit on a blog for writers who have Word 2010. I'm not a computer Guru, but It actually works! I only wish the voice sounded like Morgan Freeman.

"If you have Word 2010 you have, as a writer, a brilliant free tool at your fingertips. How many times have you wished that you could “hear” your own work back so that you can tell immediately whether it sounds right?

It takes a few minutes to install this tool but it is worth every second. Once you have this on your tool bar you simply highlight the paragraph you wish to hear and click on the microphone icon to hear if the words flow."

Just follow these simple instructions.

Open a document in Word 2010.
Right-click anywhere in the Ribbon underneath the HOME tab and click “Customise the Ribbon.”
Right-click HOME in the Right-hand pane.
Click “Add New Tab.”
Right-click New Group then click RENAME.
Give the group a suitable name such as Narration - or similar.
Choose a relevant symbol from the grid (i.e. microphone) then click OK.
Click the Dropdown menu headed “Choose commands from.”
Select “All Commands” then scroll down the left-hand pane and click SPEAK.
Click the name you have used (i.e. Narration) in the right-hand list.
Click the “Add” button in the middle of the screen and then OK.
The SPEAK button will now appear under the HOME tab (if you have too many buttons on the ribbon, it may appear in a New Tab at the top).
Highlight a section of your text. Click the SPEAK icon and sit back and listen to your work!

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  • Very cool, I've used Dragon dictate but often it doesn't recognize the doc (just upgraded to Dragon dictate 12,it claims much better performance). Thx for sharing
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