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This wasn’t the plan. Judge Herman Calvert, 88, never thought he’d outlive his beloved wife, Marie.

Yet now he finds himself alone, a grieving widower, desperate for escape from the home they built together, where every turn brings a painful reminder of his late wife.

So the judge retreats to his lake cabin in rural Wisconsin, a place where an old man can find peace and solitude. A place where nature can take its course.

But something new has moved in.

The judge’s property is crawling with Persicaria perfoliata, an invasive vine that has no earthly business in Wisconsin lake country. And this plant has teeth. Its barbs and tendrils have snaked deep into the ground, choking the life out of everything they touch, including the old oak tree he and Marie planted on their honeymoon.

If the judge doesn’t do something fast, the vine will take everything he has left. And it won’t stop there. He believes it’s after him.

Yard Work is a new original story by acclaimed screenwriter, director, and novelist David Koepp. Koepp has written or cowritten the screenplays for more than 30 films, including Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Ghost Town, and Angels and Demons. His latest film, the Universal Pictures/Blumhouse thriller You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, is streaming now. His debut novel, Cold Storage, which The New York Times hailed as “pure, unadulterated entertainment”, was published by Ecco in 2019 and is out in paperback this month.

©2020 David Koepp (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Amazing
  • 03-09-20

Depicting Grief's Worst Entaglements

After being amazed at several seeming coincidences the story grabbed me also. These coincidences included: I lived in Wisconsin for 20 years;A huge maple on my neighbors property was a menace to my house and finally strong fall winds brought it crashing on and through my roof. The trees owner refused responsibility and required my having the city hall to condemn and order removal. It was my nightmare. I too was a compulsive yard worker and fixer-upper--although hiring out for house's major remodel. So the story lets me identify. In addition I am in my 80s and in COVID times dread the virus getting inside of me like the story's vine. The story's vine reminds me of vampires or aliens from space seeking to live parasitically. The watery cure is like the "silver bullet" used in Vampire movies. Also like the vaccines sought for COVID pandemic. As a retired psychiatrist I am familiar with pathological grief and stages of grief. The book illustrates the extremes grief-loss can "penetrate". Delusions can cripple healthy grief resolution, the story illustrates. The story hints at legal steps often required. The daughters legal connections illustrate what is often required to get necessary help, as a wall of denial engulfs the delusional--who often falls short of overt suicidal or intent to harm others. The story's conclusion offers a gentle release from the tense story. We all hope to exit back to nature via the gentle night. Thank the authors for the vicarious depiction of how caring love can mitigate the extremes that grief can take.

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  • Susan 🎧Audible-a-holic🎧 Crowe
  • 31-08-20

Kevin Bacon!!!

Yep, I listened to this because Kevin Bacon narrates. But, you know what? I enjoyed it. It got a bit chilling at times! This was the second book I listened to via the Audible Plus feature. Thanks again, Audible!!

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  • marty reinhardt
  • 01-09-20

Doesn’t get any better than this.

Smart Mouth writer David Koepp partnered with the spot-on narration of Kevin Bacon and you get a fast-paced tale about an 88-year old man that will make you wish you are 88. I loved this Original.

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  • BeachBumming
  • 03-09-20

Entertaining!

This was a very humorous book that was also cleverly written and the narrator was perfect!

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  • D. Easter
  • 04-09-20

Short but sweet!

Should get Kevin Bacon to narrate more, he was excellent. This is a good compelling story that held my attention, couldn't stop listening.

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  • Tsnake
  • 04-09-20

Very proud

I am very proud of all the team at Audible for this short listen. Keep’em coming.

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  • Raymond Bing
  • 31-08-20

All old men have a story.

Great performance by one of my favorite actors who portrays these characters with ease. Terrible relatable.

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  • james rogers
  • 14-09-20

someone needs to apologize

Kevin Bacon did a wonderful job performing a waste of our time. I wanted to give him 5 stars but took off 2 stars for picking such a ridiculous piece. The story starts off reminding you of Ove, but turns into a bad attempt at pulp science fiction and no discernible theme. Removing from library.

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  • Debra Andrus
  • 04-09-20

Well worth the read

The story was, mostly, original and Kevin's reading was inspired. I hope he does more.

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  • George G
  • 04-09-20

Good for a short story

Do not like nor do I often read/listen to short stories as they normally fail to develop a character (as must happen in a short story). This book however balanced the need to be short with an effective background of the judge The story was fanciful and humorous enough to hold your interest and keep you entertained

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-20

Riveting story

A gripping story, narrated in style by the lovely gravelly tones of Kevin Bacon. This had me hooked from start to finish, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a short, sweet and stylish story. Not for the faint hearted though!

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  • sonictrek
  • 27-11-20

A Vinetage short story

A terrific short story that will grab you tighter than the vines described within it.