Where can one find the pronunciation of special names in Dune?

I found the following site but none of the sound files on it seem to work:


EDIT: The link above seems the most authoritative, since it is described thusly:

The following page is to clear up how to pronounce certain terms of the Dune universe and are excerpts taken from a reading of Dune by Frank Herbert himself.

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    If only there existed SFF work written by a linguist who cared about precise pronunciations... May 5 '12 at 19:15

The site works fine for me; try right clicking on the items, and save them locally - They are wave (.wav) files, and your browser may not understand them, if you don't have the right plug-ins.

Incidentally, the first version of the movie is not a bad guide; Herbert was involved with it (despite having misgivings about some of the results) and the pronunciations should be consistent with what he wanted.


You could alternatively purchase (or find a library which holds) the Audio CD of Frank Herbert reading parts of Dune. That's probably the source for the above; either way it certainly would be authoritative.

  • I don't think Herbert himself ever recorded an audiobook, but I'm gonna go make that a question. From wikipedia I found "In 1993, Recorded Books Inc. released a 20-disc audio book narrated by George Guidall. In 2007, Audio Renaissance released an audio book narrated by Simon Vance with some parts acted out by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton and other performers."
    – Justin C
    May 6 '12 at 22:58
  • @JustinC Yeah, I looked for an audiobook actually read by Herbert but could find nothing. The CD I linked to appears to be 'selections', not the entire book. May 6 '12 at 23:12
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    looks like he did read some of the others though. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/16291/…
    – Justin C
    May 7 '12 at 0:38

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