Reviews of Dark Fiction

Yard Work by David Koepp, narrated by Kevin Bacon

Not gonna lie, I downloaded this from Audible due to the fact that Kevin Bacon is the narrator.

This is a dark little tale of a retired, recently widowed judge. He goes to his lake house and to his surprise, finds that certain trees special to him and his family, are getting choked off by invasive vines. That’s all I’m going to say.

I’ve never heard of this author before, but I loved the creativity and originality of the story and will look for more of his works in the future.

Kevin Bacon nailed this performance, and I mean NAILED it! He was funny, he was surprised, he was irritated…all of these feelings of the main character are perfectly delivered to the listener.

This was a fully fleshed out story, it was short and funny and just a pleasure all the way around.

Highly recommended!

Source: Audible Plus, FREE with my membership.

Yard Work Book Cover Yard Work
David Koepp, narrated by Kevin Bacon
Dark Fiction, Humor
Audible Originals
1 hour, 54 minutes

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.

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