Speaky (free for a limited time) is an interesting iOS app with a simple goal: paste in some text or give it a URL, and it will read it to you. Speaky works in the background, so you can be doing something else while a news article, story, or anything you can feed it gets read to you. You can enter multiple website URLs, and then have Speaky read them to you from the list. Speaky is smart enough to not read ads and what it deems text that is not part of the body of the page. Swiping deletes any entry made in the app.
Speaky can auto-sense the language, and you can set the reading rate and the type of Siri voice the app reads in. On my iPhone, set to the usual English language, I had an option of South African, Australian, Irish or British accents, along with standard U.S.
I found the reading pace was a bit fast, so I slowed it down in settings. I gave Speaky some TUAW articles to read, as well as something longer from Google News: all worked fine, with no incidents or problems. Once the article is given to Speaky an Internet connection is not required.