Meet Zara Ramm, narrator of Jodi Taylor's books on Audible

Hello all you lovely Jodi Taylor fans out there.. My name is Zara Ramm and I am the reader of all those wonderful tales from St. Mary’s.

Jodi has asked me to say a little about how I bring her brilliant words to your eyes and ears.

So where to start?

Well…..I have been an actor for twenty seven years doing mainly theatre and television. In the last ten years I have also been recording audio books as well which I sort of fell into and found I really enjoy. Which is lucky as I do quite a lot of them.

It’s a funny old job as you sit and prep the book (i.e make tons of notes and decisions about what voices and accents you are going to give all the different characters) and then spend two or three days sitting in a tiny studio with a producer in the next room making sure you don’t talk total rubbish and letting you out for a cup of tea every few hours.

You could of course risk not reading it before you record it and just wing it in the studio. Not a great idea though as you might get to the end of the recording and find out that all the characters were French!

I love a dialect so am very happy to give characters all manner of them but sometimes a change of pitch or pace is all that is needed to distinguish one character from another.

Unless specifically requested by the author I will always narrate in my own accent and then add different voices for lesser parts as I get to them, as sustaining a voice that isn’t your natural voice for a whole book is pretty demanding. I did do that with a Geordie accent once and also Glaswegian but it was quite hard work!

Reading and recording The Chronicles of St. Mary’s is always a treat...here’s to many more! Thanks Jodie for giving me the opportunity to record them and thank you readers and lovers of audio books for continuing to read and listen to them.

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35 comments


  • April Harper
    Love these books and the narration is fabulous – not to be that person, but please, please look up historical names…it’s like auditory whiplash to hear things like Zerk-eeez instead of Xerxes, Auhkinuhhtin instead of Ahhken-ahhten, Caernarfon pronounced with an ‘f’, etc. It snaps the reader right out of the story.

  • Stuart Hutchings

    I’ve started with The Time Police series where your narration is excellent. St Marys to follow


  • Bob Daniels

    Your voice and St Mary’s are forever intertwined , I thought I’d give the first book a go as I was curious and now I can’t stop!!

    Thanks for everything!
    Bx


  • Richard Crossman
    Zara, I ran across the Jodi Taylor, St. Mary’s series of books in November of last year. I cannot get enough. Between her amazing writing and your spectacular interpretations in the audiobooks, I am hooked forever. I am also a Voice Talent (although I work on other genres than audiobooks)and you inspire me to be better every time I put my airpods in my ears! Thank you so much!

  • RW
    Zara I recently discovered the St. Mary’s series and love your work.

    If only the new Doctor Who could have been humorous.
    I much prefer your voice.


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