According to SoundGecko you can "listen to any article, on the go, anywhere." For early days that is pretty much true. After you have signed up for an account this tool allows you to convert almost any website into speech. You copy the url and send that address in an email to email@example.com. They convert it using some sort of wizardry that gets rids if ads and others unneeded etcetera into an mp3 which you can listen to on their site or in their iphone/ipod app.
Yes, it does work. In the app you can speed up or slow down the 'robot' voice. (I liked it slowed down myself). You can replay the last ten seconds or go forward 30. Your recordings go into a personal playlist or you can check out their popular ones. One especially nice perquisite is the automatically generated iTunes feed. Of course I can see many uses for that feed especially for visually impaired students, but I can imagine many uses for students who want to be heard as well as seen. The iTunes playlist becomes a handy table of contents for audio anthologies of student written work. Just having this tool available and almost frictionless will inspire many more uses.
I am planning on using it on my hour long, twice daily commute. I like the computer voice just fine and most blog posts I am gathering are less than ten minutes long. What I find interesting is that any blogger can now authomatically become a podcaster. Any student can publish his or her paper on a blog and have the immediate benefit of having a digital classmate read it aloud. I advise my students to read their papers aloud to catch problems they might not otherwise find if they read it silently.
Android and Windows apps are on the way. It has a Chrome extension that I have not tried yet, but I will report back.
Extra: here is the soundgecko mp3 for the text above: http://soundgecko.com/play/ftkIyjl6r0iy-rtFcjADCA63ou2AoH/soundgecko-text-to-all.mp3