Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben audiobook

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

By Bill McKibben
Read by Danny Campbell

Penguin Audio
5.89 Hours 1
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 “We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.” –Bernie Sanders A book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic.   As the host of Radio Free Vermont--"underground, underpowered, and underfoot"--seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an "undisclosed and double-secret location." With the help of a young computer prodigy named Perry Alterson, Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law.   In Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben entertains and expands upon an idea that's become more popular than ever--seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of 'Ethan Allen Day' and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is Bill McKibben's fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.

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Summary

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A BookRiot Pick of Reader's Choices for Best Activism Fiction

Finalist for the 2018 New England Book Award for Fiction

 “We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.” –Bernie Sanders A book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic.   As the host of Radio Free Vermont--"underground, underpowered, and underfoot"--seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an "undisclosed and double-secret location." With the help of a young computer prodigy named Perry Alterson, Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law.   In Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben entertains and expands upon an idea that's become more popular than ever--seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of 'Ethan Allen Day' and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is Bill McKibben's fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Danny Campbell perfectly captures this audiobook’s protagonist, Vern Barclay…Campbell’s friendly, raspy voice is ideal for Vern, who is world-weary but ultimately optimistic.” AudioFile
“I hope no one secedes, but I also hope that Americans figure out creative ways to resist injustice and create communities where everybody counts. We’ve got a long history of resistance in Vermont, and this book is testimony to that fact.” Bernie Sanders
“A charming bit of artisanal resistance lit…What’s surprising is how well-crafted the book is overall; how unhokey its folksiness feels, and how true it’s observations ring.” New York Times
“A little comic story with a big political message.” Washington Post
“A lean, fantastical, swift-kick-in-the-pants of a read…succeeds wildly in making the formidable prospect of resistance feel a bit more fun.” NPR
“A stirring reminder of the importance of loving our home, working with the people around us to figure out what we want that home to look like in the future, and then fighting for that vision.” Christian Science Monitor
“Makes for fun reading.” Outside magazine
“McKibben’s shrewdly uproarious and provocative fable of resistance is exhilarating.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Bill McKibben

Author Bio: Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of more than fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Falter, and The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 5.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English