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’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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  • Matthew Ballin
    Wow! I’m a long time listener with Audible, and you quickly became my favorite reader. I’m a High School Drama teacher with an MFA in Acting. I also work with my local Shakespeare co in the Summers. and my wife is a speech and Language Pathologist. I love an expressive voice, with elegant crisp diction. And such falicity with dialects! I have had a total addiction to the St. Mary’s books since I started listening. Sadly I’m on the last one. Hopefully they will keep coming. I will look for your other titles. I have tried recording my own voice with my Sister In laws books, and it’s bloody hard!! Thank you so much for your fabulous work!!

  • Elizabeth Kelley
    Zara Ramm, your narration is amazing. I love Jodi’s writing and you bring it to life. I cannot imagine enjoying her books nearly so much if someone else were narrating. Thank you for many hours of enjoyment.

  • Larry Marino
    While I am unfortunately not familiar with your acting roles, your voice talents are superb an d have brought many hours of enjoyment to me and I think many others. You capture Max perfectly (one of my favorites, thank you), but better than that, you magnify her. And when an author has managed to engage you, frankly to me that is a hallmark of quality. Best wishes and many thanks for an extraordinary talent used to excellent effect.

  • Rod

    Zara, I’m buying audio books now just because you narrate them – you bring them to life – thanks so much

  • Eileen Cook
    Beautifully read ,wonderful tempo and pitch.

    Perfect. thank you.

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