Over simplistic, and stretched out,
This review is from: The Wire Continuum (Audio CD)I know there are certain authors who are held in such high esteem that saying anything negative about their work means going out on a limb. Arthur C. Clarke is one of those authors. "The Wire Continuum" is unfortunately one of those works.
The underlying idea behind "The Wire Continuum" is that a particular piece of technology was created in the 20th century. With that technology assumed to be in place, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter then adapt the history of the 20th century (and beyond) to include that piece of technology. It's a very simple idea, which is stretched out to fill an entire book (I listened to it on audio CD). It's not that it's a bad idea, it's just that it's such a simple idea that, as a listener, I had got the point early on, so the rest of the book was largely just stretching out the story.
It's the sort of thing that if it was a single Doctor Who episode, I'd probably think, oh that was ok, but not one of the better episodes. Certainly, for anybody who has watched The Matrix, I would say don't bother with "The Wire Continuum". Even if you're just familiar with the phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" I'd say you might find this too simplistic.
So, I'm afraid to say, I cannot recommend this audio book. At the price it appears on Amazon today (one new from twenty pounds and forty one pence, plus two pounds eighty postage), I really wouldn't recommend it.