Whipping Star Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 52 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 10, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #141,555 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#911 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,361 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,569 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction
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McKie is a Saboteur Extraordinary of the Bureau of Sabotage, a strange governmental body which has grown like a cross between a vital hormonal gland in the galactic government, throwing sand in the works of a machinery of government that is too perfect. His vital mission this time is to sabotage the whipping to death of a Caleban at the hands of an evil and supremely rich woman. The Calebans gave everyone else the portals vital to interstellar civilization, and if this one dies, everyone who used a portal will die.
The Whipping Star focuses around communication with the Caleban, who clearly does not perceive space-time in the same way we do, with all the grace of a sophomore physics major in the depths of a DMT trip (trust me on this one). It's not a great premise, and someone with a more absurdist touch, like Harry Harrison, might have been able to pull it off. Frank Herbert misses any joy and wonder in the premise entirely, replacing it with a stale space opera zoo of aliens and a weirdly misogynistic antagonist.
Most of the story is taken up with jumbled conversations between Mckie and the calaban named Fannie Mae. It is at times confusing and for some is enough to put the book down forever, but the diligent reader will be rewarded with a downright heartwarming tale.
between two alien races with very different realities.