The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged third installment of the #1 New York Times best-selling series.
In the third book of the electrifying Michael Vey series, Michael and his friends must continue to fight the Elgen and try to disrupt their plans to rule the world.
©2013 Richard Paul Evans (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
This is the third Michael Vey book. I enjoyed the other two and could not wait to find out what heppened to the electro clan.
This book started ok, and stayed ok and i got bored. No other way to put it bored and it did not excite me. I could not care what happeded to anyone in the book. There was no real pace to the story and it did not have the same feel as the first two which were great.
Kirby's proformanec was not great.
I would hand the book back and say this is a good start and needs life and drama. It have no life and no drama
I am very disappointed in the book. I wanted to like it. I could not.
"Excellent book, awful narration"
Great Vey book
The morals within the story
Why was a new narrator used for this book? The new narrator was such a disappointment - while he used nice foreign accents, there was little distinction among the main characters.
Yes, several times.
The series builds upon each other with just the right amount of suspense & adventure for a family to enjoy together. This (series) should be made into a movie.
The ending- the electro-clan is back together and going off to a new adventure!
This narrator did not have the range as the previous narrator for the other 2 books- made it really hard to adjust to especially at first when you are "used to" other voices.
"Disappointed in the Narrator"
When a series has a good narrator, it is just not wise to change. The narrator for the first two books was just GREAT. I felt he was Michael Vey, his voice was just perfect, he struck the right note—youth coming of age. Very, very, very disappointed in the new narrator. While he has good alternate voices, his main delivery is flat and uninteresting. The book is worth reading, but the narration rather spoiled it for me.
Michael Vey, because he is has a good character.
The first narrator who read books one and two.
Richard Paul Evans is on a roll! I have read and listened to Michael Vey Prisoner of Cell 25 and Rise of the Elgen. The whole family loves this series and Battle of the Ampere does not disappoint. Action packed and full of life lessons this is a great series for young people or the young at heart. I am proud to be called a Veyniac.
Michael Vey is my favorite person in the books because he has respect for his elders, Yes sir, no sir and calling all adults by Mr. or Mrs. shows that he was brought up by a loving and respectful parent. With all he has been through and is going through it would be easy to become bitter and angry but with the love of his friends he just keeps going.
While the narration was good, I didn't think he had the full grasp of the characters and range of voice that Fred Berman had on the previous books.
Yes. I tried too. ultimately it took me 4 tries to listen to it all.
"Changing the narrator ..."
When a good narrator brings a character to life don't kill it by changing narrators. Thats no disreapect to Heybourne. He does not tell the same story as Fred Berman...
"Not my Favorite of the Series"
Yes to both but not in this series if I can help it.
Hmm...I had a hard time following along due to the narrator change. I felt like this book fell flat for me.
The original narrator, Fred Berman. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Kirby Heyborne as an actor & narrator for Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder series, but in this situation it was almost setting him up for failure. How could he possibly make it work? He does honorably with the accents & what not but I have fallen in love with the way Fred Berman portrayed all of the characters. I miss them all...especially Austin! Bones!
It will have one. I felt like there were a lot of unanswered story lines that just sort of popped up and faded out without resolution. Like the Zeus/Tessa story...why did he stop talking to her?...or where the other Electric children went during the end, etc. I'm not sure if it was story or narration or an amalgamation of both that just kept me feeling lackluster about it.
Bring back Fred!!!
"Fun but still struggling as a series"
I’ll start off by saying I will continue to read the Michael Vey books no matter what. I’m very loyal to a book series and even though I’m not totally satisfied which these, I’ll see it out until the end.
I will continue, however, to be honest in my reviews in fairness to any readers wanting to make a decision on merit alone.
The bottom line is that the Michael Very series continues to be deeply flawed and I think older, savvier readers will continue to struggle.
Previous books have been weighed down by genre clichés used to carry the plot or caricatures of characters that grate. “Battle of the Ampere” is dragged down by heavy handed schmultz and sentimentality.
I do appreciate the series beginning to take the life and death stakes it has set up seriously which is a step towards maturing the series. But Evans has been as subtle as a sledgehammer and I found myself cringing as he overplayed the emotions again and again.
The big moments are so awkward I could never get lost or even enjoy a guilty-pleasure type catharsis with the characters.
All of this makes me more certain than ever that Michael Vey is skewed to young pre-teen audience. But since readers from book one will have grown up with the series, this is no longer a reasonable excuse but a warning to older readers. If you’re reluctant to continue with the series, persevering with “Battle of the Ampere” won’t bring you around.
Still, I don’t continue solely out of obligation. The plot continued to be action-packed and fun so I was never bored reading. If you do decide to dive into this entry, you should be pulled quite happily through with continuous momentum. The South American setting is also well-painted and enjoyable as a ‘travelogue’.
Basically, my advice is this: If you’re at the end of your rope with Michael Vey and have something competing for your credits you’re not going to get anything in “Battle of the Ampere” that will win you over to the series.
If you’re like me and understand what you’re getting into, there are much worse ways to spend a few hours.
And if you’re a younger reader or buying this for children, I think it could continue to be a good series for light, adventurous reads.
"Wonderful! But...change in narrator is unsettling."
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I liked the narrator overall, but I didn't like the different voice of Hatch. I probably would have enjoyed the voice except it was so different from the voice I was used to. Although this narrator is good that doesn't change the fact that one should NEVER change the lead actor/narrator mid-story. My problem wasn't with the narrator but with the people who decided to change narrators in the first place. Urgh...
"great book, avg narration"
I loved the book, but the narration just turned me off. I had to listen to the book at 2x speed to get through it. I hear they changed narrators for the next book.
loved how you could change the speed, options that were available made the story enjoyable.
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