Radio Free Vermont

A Fable of Resistance
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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" - 72-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. 

©2017 Bill McKibben (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Small is Best without the BIG ego...

Vermont proves it with their Town Meetings and mutually respectful dialogues for making decisions. A parable for modern times - that means, as with all fables, any time.

Peaceful, fun ways to RESIST! whatever you choose to resist.

Couldn't 'put it down'. It was read in two days - unusual for me, and well worth it.

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A story without a purpose

Rambling folksy nonsense that did not deserve its literary accolades. Do yourself a favor a pick another story.

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Worth a listen

well performed by voice actors. story felt uninspired. more concerned with sharing views than being a good story.

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Enjoyable book

This was a short but fun listen. Definitely enjoyed. I would recommend this one to others looking for something pretty light.

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Playful Fable

A very enjoyable fable by noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, Radio Free Vermont describe a grassroots effort to promote Vermont values in response to encroaching “bigness”. At times it shows that this is Bill’s first effort at writing a novel, but it still works and the narration by Danny Campbell does a great job conveying the required folksiness. Strongly recommended for Green Mountain or Blue State readers/listeners.

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Excellent listen.

Well done Bill... Enjoyed it thoroughly. I feel as though I need to visit Vermont very soon.

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