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Death's Daughter | [Amber Benson]

Death's Daughter

Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss. But when her father - who happens to be Death himself - is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle - only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.
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Publisher's Summary

Buffy fans will go wild! She was Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer..... Now she’s the author of Ace’s hottest new series - killer novels featuring Calliope Reaper-Jones, who doesn’t want to be daddy’s little girl anymore....

Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss. But when her father - who happens to be Death himself - is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle - only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.

©2009 Amber Benson (P)2011 Penguin

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    Steve Brea, CA, United States 04-06-11
    Steve Brea, CA, United States 04-06-11

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    "Hard to listen to..."

    There's not much to like about this main character. She is immature and, at many points, dumb beyond belief. The continuous internal monologues are very repetitious and formulaic. I found myself rolling my eyes every five minutes. The author's voice is great for the female characters, but terrible for everyone else, fawn included. There were some funny and thoughtful moments, but not enough to warrant even a middle rating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 09-27-14
    Mia 09-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Undergrad with a 35 minute commute one way...

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    "Urban fantasy delight!"
    What does Amber Benson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure that just any narrator could have gotten Callie's voice right. Amber is an actress (let's many of admit that we came to Amber's book because we're fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and she makes Callie likable.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of mythologies, delightful descriptions, and even a decent plot twist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 03-29-14
    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2010

    I was always a sci-fi fan and nerd as a young person. Currently I read more urban fiction, now plentiful and popular, than I do true sci-fi.

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    "Don't Stop After Chapter 1"

    Let me warn that you must either resolve to listen to the whole book or not bother to start it. You will hate the main character in chapter one...and two...and probably a little longer. That's ok. Do you really like Luke Skywalker when he complains to his aunt and uncle? No. He's whiny and cocky at the same time. Of course, this isn't Star Wars or anything close, but it is a coming of age/father quest story. You must wait for the character to come of age before you decide whether or not you like the character.

    The storyline is strong. It builds the way a story should, and the characters are consistent. Plenty of action is had as Calli sets out to help her family and find her dad. Why did I give it three stars? Because it is missing something. It is possible that I was just not in the right mood for it, but I failed to fall in love with the characters and plot the way that a reader/listener should. I cannot put my finger on why I was not madly in love with the story. The end was worth the read, I enjoyed the character's journey from chic lit to real woman, and the adventure was certainly well played. I will probably read another book in this series. I don't feel the burning desire to get the next one right away, though.

    In addition to my not feeling terribly attached to it, Amber Benson's performance of it was not what I was expecting. Knowing that she is both the author and an experienced actress, I thought that it would be magical. I held my expectations too high for even an average narrator, I think. She seems rushed from the beginning. As a teacher, I have heard plenty of middle schoolers who are embarrassed to be reading their own writing. This is almost how the narrator sounds. She does distinguish between voices, but they are often very similar and distracted me a bit from the story. I did get used to it so that I could finish the story, but at no point was I convinced that the narration improved the book, like some narrators, do.

    All in all, I am not sorry that I read it. It will be a while before I continue the series, though. I do recommend, however, that if it sounds appealing to you, vow to listen to the whole thing. Don't declare it a lost cause after chapter one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Merinstein NYC 09-28-11
    G. Merinstein NYC 09-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    Amber Benson is a great actress: she's a delight to see and watch perform on screen (big and small). She should stick to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Malea Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-06-11
    Malea Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-06-11
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    "Surprisingly good."

    I have to start out by saying that Calliope Reaper Jones is a massively prejudiced, whiny wench. She frequently talks about how disgusted she is by fat people, judges people by what they wear (both good and bad), and generally acts like she's too good for most other people. (There was not any racism or sexism that I remember, so that was a very good thing.) There were a few times that she was acting so much like a petulant, spoiled child that I literally rolled my eyes and thought to myself that she clearly needed a good spanking and to be sent to her room without supper.

    That being said, however, the book is actually sort of addictive. Despite her faults, or perhaps because of them, I found myself hoping she succeeded in everything she encountered and she encountered a lot.

    The way Amber Benson structured the story was both slightly predictable and yet surprising. While this seems like an oxymoron, it made for a really great listen. Of course, Ms. Benson's acting and voice talent added a lot to the tale. It's always better to hear the story from the creator and her delivery of the story was phenomenal.

    One thing that I was very impressed with was the descriptiveness of the tale. It was descriptive enough that it gave very clear images and feelings, including textures and scents, without being overly wordy. This is a very fine line that many authors never master, leaving too many questions or making readers want to skip ahead to escape it. Another thing that made the story so great was Ms. Benson's ability to weave together a believable yet almost completely supernatural world, incorporating many different mythologies and belief systems, including some that may very well be original.

    I am looking forward to listening to the next two books, Cat's Claw (2010) and Serpent's Storm (2011), and am eager to discover whether the apparent changes, growth, and character development in Calliope Reaper Jones "stick."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Lowe 03-04-11
    Adam Lowe 03-04-11
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    "disappointing"

    Only got part way through, it was very immature, and vapid. It seems like the main character has no actual substance. I went back and tried to go farther about three times and each time it was more painful then the last. Would not recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becky San Antonio, TX, United States 06-21-13
    Becky San Antonio, TX, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things

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    "Freaking awesome"
    If you could sum up Death's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Totally freaking awesome I love they were able to get amber to read it made it ten times better AMAZING


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Cleo she's a great supporting role and humanizes calliope in a subtle way


    Have you listened to any of Amber Benson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I love anything done by amber benson and I think stories always sound better when read by those who conceived them


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 01-25-13
    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun fantasy listen"
    What did you love best about Death's Daughter?

    All the characters were created with such imagination.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death's Daughter?

    When she finally realized who she was.


    Which character – as performed by Amber Benson – was your favorite?

    All fun and distinctive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have listened to it in one sitting but found that it was just as good coming back to it when I had a free moment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melissa TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-08-13
    melissa TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Acupuncture student with a long commute to school who loves quirky horror and sci-fi/fantasy

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    "I love this Series! Quirky and entertaining!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Amber Benson is the writer and narrator, you get the characters exactly as she wanted them, and she is an actress as well and does a great job of keeping you entertained


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jena Madera, CA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Good Listening"
    What did you love best about Death's Daughter?

    Overall a good listen & entertaining. I find Cleo too selfish and self obsorbed, but the other characters make up for her character defects.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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