If you are like me, you not only like to write about books, but to talk about them as well. It can be quite awkward, however, when you don’t know how to pronounce either the author’s name of a book, or the names of characters you would like to discuss!
Here is an updated list of some web sites to help with your discussions (sites for author names as well as for character names). TV show character name guides are also included, as well as guides to pronouncing names in general. There are also guides to pronouncing names of drinks, in case you are having your discussions in a pub or over dinner!
SwissEduc (click on the author’s name and you will be redirected to a sound byte of that name)
How to Pronounce the Names in Shakespeare (This entire book, copyrighted 1919, is free on Google Books and fully searchable online.)
The Name Engine – Specializing in audio name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and even companies and brand names.
Pronouncing Wine Names (includes audio)
Hearnames.com (Type the name in the search box at the home page and press Enter.)
Ingolo.com (Results of your search show provide both phonetic and audio options, and also shows the origin of the name.)