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Archie Johnson thought he was prepared to meet his death in the electric chair. The sentence had been read; he had had his last meal and the prison chaplain had asked God to have mercy on his immortal soul.

Then, just as they were strapping him into the chair and about to pull the switch, he suddenly realized there were a few things he wanted to do before he left this earth. This is Archie's story.

©2016 John I. Jones (P)2017 John I. Jones

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Second chance

I thought this was a well written story. Something that I'm sure people have thought about, if not this is a great way to plant the seed. Have to say that I didn't think the end was a twist. My assumption was that the story being told was exactly as it was. Narrator was great.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Loved it!

I even loved/hated the twist at the end. how can such a short story be so detailed and so good?

great job again John Jones!
the narrator did a fine job telling this story to me!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Short Story

I think it's incredibly difficult to write a piece as short as "Going Home" that is both fully fleshed out and interesting to listen to. Not only does this short accomplish this, but it's also touching and enlightening as well. It's hard to say more without spoiling the plot but I would recommend this short to anyone who enjoys short stories - it's worth the listen.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 10-10-17

A very pleasant ride packed into a very short trip

This story is pretty short, but much is said (and left unsaid) in less than 30 minutes.

We follow a man on death row who was sentenced to the chair after several appeals fell through. His lawyer had one more trick up his sleeve however, and though he's ready to die, we get to see what our inmate does when given one more chance at life.

I won't say much more than that for fear of ruining things, but it's a touching story of what a changed man can truly be like.

I received this audio book from the author for free in exchange for my unbiased review. My review is necessarily short, but the words are my own, and my thumbs up on the read has nothing to do with it being gifted.

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A wishlist of last things to be done

Set in 1961 Alabama, it’s time for Archie to finish out his sentence: death by electrocution. As he’s walked into the room and then strapped down, he really narrows down the things he wishes he still had time for.

Back in Peach Tree, Georgia, he’s got family, friends, favorite places, and Big Betty (a prostitute who he favors). Considering the book’s description, I wasn’t expecting this tale to be, well, so gentle. Archie was once a very questionable person with some anger issues but he doesn’t come off that way now. I do appreciate the author giving us little nuggets of info as to why Archie was on death row and some of the tussles he had been in over the years.

That description of the peach pie was mouth-watering. I really want pie now, but not just any pie. I need pie that someone’s granny made, not store bought pie. Jones has a way with words that elicits these more subtle emotions from the reader.

The ending was a little surprising but fitting. Archie had to pay his dues before he could get to any reward. This is a tale fit for all company and gave me a little chill. So if you like a lunch-time story with a little bite to it, this would be a good fit.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Tom Zainea was a really good fit for this book. He had the southern dialects down as well as keeping each of the characters distinct. His female voices were believable too. I think he also liked the description of the peach pie because I swear he was also pining for a slice by the end of that little scene. There’s some subtle emotions going on in this story and Zainea did a good job capturing those as well.

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Good read

Going Home by John Isaac Jones was a good quick read. Archie is preparing for his death in the electric chair. They were about to pull the switch when he remembered that there were some things he wanted to take care of.

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Most of it's meaning will already be within you.

Tackling the question of corporal punishment, this story portrays the long walk of one convicted criminal on death row who's time is up. It follows him as he obtains a gubernatorial pardon based on a legal issue. He travels home and exhibits some new values he's adopted as he interacts with the characters of his old life. Is it too little too late? Or, is it too late even though it's not too little?

It's a good story worth your time to listen too.

I was given this audio book at my request in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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A well written and pretty good short short

Going Home is a well written (and narrated) short story of a man facing his mortality as he is strapped into the electric chair. The story itself was well done, but I kept awaiting a big revelation or redemptive event, but it never occurred…and then it was over. Could have used a little longer format and a little more oomph.

May sound like I didn’t like it, but I did. Just needed it a wee more “juice” to make the work pop. It is obvious the author knows how to write and I would definitely read and/or listen to more of his work.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Very Deeply Moving Surprising Short Story

Going Home is a surprising deeply moving short story by John Isaac Jones. At only 24 minutes long it is hard to explain too much of the story without giving it away. It is about a man on death row waiting for his final appeal with a witness who can help overturn his whole case. For a short story, I truly loved this one and plan on listening to this again. I highly recommend this story.

This is the first time that I have heard a performance from Mr. Tom Zainea but I greatly enjoyed his performance. He did a great job with all the characters in this short story.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.

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Thought Provoking

This is a short sad well worth thought provoking listen, what would you change if given a 2nd chance? This about what Archie convicted of murder would do. Narration was good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful