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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Audio Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Title: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece (Links to Goodreads)
Publisher:  Hachette Audio (Audio);  Little, Brown (Print)

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 14 Aug 12 (Audio & Print)
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1611132436 (Audio), 0316176907 (Hardcover)
Format: Audio
Audio Length:  ~6 hrs
Narrator: David Tennant


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: My sister Rose lives on the Mantelpiece. Well, some of her does.

I’m not gonna lie the main reason why I picked up the audio of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher is because it was narrated by David Tennant. Who is David Tennant some of you might ask? Well, he is a Scottish actor who is best known in my heart as being the Tenth incarnation of the Doctor on the beloved British Sci-Fi show, Doctor Who. So for this one it was the narrator that drew me in first but the premise and title were also intriguing. No matter how good the narrator the story still needs to hook my interest for me to pick it up. And this one did that in spades.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is told from the POV of a ten year old boy named Jamie whose older sister Rose was killed five years before in a terrorist bombing attack on London. Rose leaves behind a twin sister, Jasmine, and two parents who find it extremely difficult to move on and this story finds all the characters in pretty broken states. Jamie barely remember Rose or the happy family that he used to have. But he is this strong, unflinching character who always seems to make the best out of a bad situation.

And this book is filled with bad situations. 

When you look at the title you don’t know if this story might be a bit humorous or serious. And while there were humorous moments in the book the overall nature of the book was pretty serious. And just a tad bit depressing. Jamie goes through some really tough times and yet through it all he is always pretty optimistic. He is such a strong character and I admire him greatly. I’m not sure I’d be able to survive half of what he goes through. 

I became lost in My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and its an audio that I never wanted to end. I kept cheering Jamie on through all of his trials and I just loved how David Tennant narrated the story. He brought so much emotion to the character of Jamie that you could almost believe that he was real and sitting across from you telling his story. At first it was a little hard to get used to Tennant’s native Scottish accent as I’m so used to the voice that he used as the Doctor but I quickly overcame that. Tennant’s narration really makes this story flow and I’m not sure that I would have the same feelings for it if I didn’t listen to it. The range of emotion, the sorrow and the joy, that Tennant infused into the narration really made this one a power piece to listen to. 

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a powerful story and Jamie is a character that most people, young and old, can relate to. There are lots of potential discussions that can be obtained from this novel as well as it deals with loss, grief, terrorism, love, forgiveness, bullying, family, friendship, learning to move forward, and probably things that I’ve forgotten. This book made me laugh and it also brought tears to my eyes as it made my heart ache. There were so many moments when I wanted to reach inside this story and give Jamie a tight hug and tell him that it was all going to be ok. For me this is a must listen because as I said above David Tennant is a brilliant narrator. I am definitely going to have to look into other books he’s narrated. I’m also going to look out for Annabel Pitcher’s next book because her debut was just all kinds of awesome. 

3 Responses to “Audio Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher”

  1. The Well Read Fish

    I think it sounds good and I probably would have picked it up because I like the cover. Regarding audio books though, I find I can only listen to funny books. Anything that requires attention, and I’m gone. For me, I think I’d need to read this one. Also. . . yay, a Doctor Who fan!

  2. MissSusie

    Wasn’t Tennant wonderful, although it was a bit hard at first when he would say Rose because even with his actual accent it made my heart leap a little being a fellow Whovian you will understand that! Very powerful book. My review is also linked over at audiobookjukebox.