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Whipping Star

Frank Herbert

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In the far future, humankind has made contact with numerous other species-Gowachin, Laclac, Wreaves, Pan Spechi, Taprisiots, and Caleban (among others)-and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern between the species. After suffering under a tyrannous pure democracy that had the power to create laws so fast that no thought could be given to the effects, the sentients of the galaxy found a need for the Bureau of Sabotage (BuSab) to slow the wheels of government, thereby preventing it from legislating recklessly. In Whipping Star, Jorj X. McKie, a "Saboteur Extraordinary," is a born troublemaker who has naturally become one of BuSab's best agents. As the novel opens, it is revealed that Calebans, who are beings visible to other sentient species as stars, have been disappearing one by one. Each disappearance is accompanied by millions of sentient deaths and instances of incurable insanity. Ninety years prior to the setting of Whipping Star, the Calebans appeared and offered jump-doors to the collective species, allowing sentients to travel instantly to any point in the universe. Gratefully accepting, the sentiency didn't question the consequences. Now Mliss Abnethe, a psychotic human female with immense power and wealth, has bound a Caleban in a contract that allows the Caleban to be whipped to death; when the Caleban dies, everyone who has ever used a jump-door (which is almost every adult in the sentient world and many of the young) will die as well. The Calebans have attempted to remedy the error, but Mliss Abnethe refuses to cancel the contract, and the Caleban sense of honor makes breaking the contract from their side unthinkable. To save themselves, all the Calebans are handing over the time-like history lines of the sentients who used jump-doors to one Caleban, Fannie Mae, and withdrawing from ConSentiency space. McKie has to find Mliss and stop her before Fannie Mae reaches, in her words, "ultimate discontinuity," but he is constrained by the law protecting private individuals by restricting the mini

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

6h 53m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:04


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

42:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:22