Yard Work

Narrated by: Kevin Bacon
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,849 ratings)

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"The judge had a lake house upstate."
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"Things were named for practicality."
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"He marveled at how the weeds had taken over the place."
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  • "The judge had a lake house upstate."
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  • "Things were named for practicality."
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  • "He marveled at how the weeds had taken over the place."

About the Creator

Koepp has written or co-written the screenplays for more than thirty 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.

About the Performer

Kevin Bacon is one of the foremost actors of his generation, whose talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters in film, television and on stage has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work. His film credits include Footloose, Tremors, A Few Good Men, The River Wild, Mystic River, Apollo 13, Black Mass*, Patriots Day, Taking Chance, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, and many more. Bacon has also had a successful run on television, including roles in the popular shows, The Following, I Love Dick, which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for, and City on a Hill, which was recently renewed for a second season on Showtime. This year, Bacon ventured into the world of podcasts with Spotify and Funny or Die, releasing The Last Degree of Kevin Bacon, a scripted comedy podcast series in which Kevin satirized himself. In addition to acting, Bacon is the other half of The Bacon Brothers band. He also started SixDegrees.org, a web site that encourages people to connect and become a celebrity for their cause by raising money for local and grassroots charities in the United States. Bacon received the 2010 Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association in recognition of his outstanding film career and his charitable work with SixDegrees.org. In 2000, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Bacon for his extraordinary career in the film industry.

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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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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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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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Entertaining!

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

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Very proud

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

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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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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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Well worth the read

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

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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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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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