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Adam's Cross

Witchfinder, Book 1
Narrated by: Alexander Misiti
Series: Witchfinder, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Look into the darkness of the human psyche, which lies behind Adam's eyes. Adam as a child believes he is the perpetrator behind a number of mysterious deaths. Is Adam a child serial killer?

Surviving a chaotic childhood, he enters adulthood as a successful musician with a sublime talent, which mesmerizes his audiences. Fearing the axe of his past is about to drop, he begins to confront the traumatic shadows of his childhood, only to discover a far more sinister secret.

©2014 E. M. G. Wixley (P)2016 Elizabeth Wixley

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Adam's cross

I really enjoyed this audio book. The depth of character, childhood bullying, surviving a rough upbringing and then wow - adulthood revelations. I will keep on following this series

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Short and bitter sweet

A dark and disturbing mystery which will leave you guessing until the end. It's well written with good narration, whilst the length is perfect for the story being told. I'm looking forward to seeing where it's take it in the next book.

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Great storyline

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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I like this audio book i give it 10 out of 10 it in my top ten this year

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I could see this book as a supernatural horror mov

My Review Of Adam’s Cross by E.M.G Wixley

This is a great first read in the series. Adam’s Cross made me shudder I think the use of Mathew the doll in this book was amazing and very creepy. I also liked that this book has a different narrator from other books in the series because I think his narration made me imagine Adam differently and he brought out Adam’s dark and distressing childhood very well. I also loved getting to know Adam as a child because you see what darkness invaded his life and how this had a knock-on-effect as an adult.

The story itself follows Adam as he watches his parents become hateful and lives in a world of fear. Until Mathew, the doll shows up and tells him about the witches and guides him throughout his childhood. But when Adam grows up he is convinced he caused dark things to happen and fears for his child who has lost a lot in her life too. Did Adam’s soul turn dark and cause deaths of those around him? Does Adam ever discover Mathew’s true intentions before the doll finds his way into his daughter’s life? You must listen to this book to find out.

I liked Adam’s character because although at times he was dark and believed dark things, he also has a kind soul and wants love and a life without pain, fear, and people dying around or because of him. I think the author did a great job of growing Adam throughout the story so by the end you really feel for him. I also thought the relationship between Adam and his daughter was beautiful to imagine, even if in places she creeps me out. I could see this book as a supernatural horror movie in my mind.

I also thought the author did a great job of showing Adam’s mum as rather possessive and unhinged towards his father. I thought this added to Adam’s growth as when he wrote to her he wanted her to know he was better, was having a life unaffected by her and this showed that he never wanted to be a bad soul, but it also made me as a reader want Adam to fight his demons. I found the end didn’t disappoint and was emotional and creepy all at the same time.

I think readers that love supernatural horror or movies centred around witches, ghosts, and possession will love this book. The characters drive the story and the spooky energy will have you wanting to listen with the lights on.

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That ending!

I absolutely love the idea of this book. But I was so confused several times, about little things, events and some people. It just seemed to jump from one thing to another without a flow between them. Though the confusion I still comprehended the moral of the story. All I have to say is I feel so bad for Adam! The poor guy! Can't wait to see what happens next!

The narration was good. Sometimes he seemed to run his words together. And I couldn't figure out Adams mom's name for the longest of time. Amy? Emmie? Meme? I don't know. But still wasn't bad over all!

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A supernatural suspenseful thriller!

I enjoyed this book and it surprised me in many places. It contains elements of all kinds in the thriller/horror/supernatural genre.

Adam's Cross is well-written with interesting characters. We follow Adam from his childhood to his adulthood and get a vivid backstory about Adam growing up in a dysfunctional family with a horrible mother and a dull father. Adam gets certain abilities with time and we'll meet a creepy doll that will influence his life.

The narrator Alexander Misiti did fine throughout the book, but I had to get used to him in the beginning. I didn't really think he was the best suit for this book and I got distracted sometimes because he didn't speak out clearly all the time. I'd also prefer a British narrator for this book, because this is primarily a British story.

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Great drama, haunting depictions of madness

I enjoyed this short listen, there's a lot of story in there and the pace is good. The character development is great but the fantasy elements in the foundation of the mystery where rather thin.

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An interesting read, but the narrator was not well-chosen, although that may be because I find the American accent difficult to follow.

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  • Erika
  • 28-08-16

Right up my alley!

I love a good spooky book so when I read the blurb for this book I was immediately interested and not disappointed. In the story the reader watches Adam grow up. His younger years spent with his dysfunctional parents; a mom who’s abusive and a father who won’t step up to stop the abuse. Adam is also a remarkable young boy and violinist prodigy. His life takes many twists and turns after an encounter with a strange doll. He see’s visions and dead people. His grandmother’s house is located in witch country where a creepy legend still lives and breathes.

Adam’s plight is made real through the author’s words and the many twists kept me guessing. I actually had the opportunity to listen to the entire story in one sitting. That’s a pleasure I usually don’t have. I also couldn’t put it down. The ending was a little abrupt and that’s when I checked and noticed it was book one in a series. Whew! I almost freaked out.

The narrator Alexander Misiti is great, great pacing with the story and overall performance. I received this book free from Audiobook Boom for honest review and so glad I did. Loved it!

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  • Janalyn
  • 22-09-19

Best book ever!

This is The most legitimate book about witches, that has power normal situations and yet it is based in real settings with real life happenings. I am blown away by how great it was. I wanted to keep breathing but alas it was over. It starts out when Adam fog is a little boy and extends to his adulthoodAnd him being a little boy gives a lot to the legitimacy of this story, because at first I thought it was just a little boy’s imagination and that his mom was just a no good narcissistic mother. There is so much I want to say about this but don’t want to spoil it. They have twist on top of twist tragedies and try amps and through it all I was glued to the story. I can’t think of any paranormal but being better than this one. I spent my whole Sunday reading it and don’t regret it. I only regret that it is over, but yay they have a book to!

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  • M. J. C. K.
  • 09-09-19

Wow!

In this story we follow young Adam through a rough childhood, filled with an emotionally abusive home, horrible bullies, but also some strange things that begin to happen. We see the development of his guilt issues, his sexuality, and oh so much more!

This is an exceptionally thrilling tale that really should be movie someday, and the author very skillfully sets the tone for more! I can't wait! If you like scary reads, thrillers, or psychological thrillers, you will love this!

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  • Zeantichrist
  • 12-08-19

Wow. What an amazing story. loved it

This book caught me by surprise. As soon as I started it I was hooked. listend all the way through from start to finish in the span of half a day. Each element of the story drug me deeper and deeper into the lore of the characters including adam. felt a sadness and longing for him. Really brough out so many emotions. That's when you know you have a great story written by someone who pours skill and creates a world that seems so real. Really enjoyed the narrator. He brough the characters to life. Starting the next book asap.

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  • Kim
  • 31-07-19

Wow!

A bit of a convoluted storyline that keeps you guessing. Well written and performed. Characters are fully developed and can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Legend117
  • 19-06-19

Story of a gay warlock?

Overall it’s like a campfire story but then slowly starts adding more random information.

I’m definitely going to continue this series but some of the stories just seemed to be filler with no real substance. But I haven’t listened to many witch books so this is a good change.

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  • Maeson
  • 15-06-19

Complex and Twisted Tale, but it works!

While odd to hear European vernacular from an American narrator, the narrator did quite well to keep a decent pace and distinguish character voices.

as for the story, HOLY MOLY. Many authors try to have a deep and webbed storyline in their series, beginning in their first book, and fail or lose the plot, ending in a convolutedmess. Wixley succeeds in making an intriguing and complex story while still maintaining a balance.

I also appreciate that the tone and language of the story seems to mature alongside Adam. A boyish account in the early pages grows into an adult view in the later. Well done!

Speaking of Adam, he is a deeply flawed and somewhat selfish and egotistical character. This is a WONDERFUL thing, he is human. He is a realistic portrayal of a human being. He isn't perfect, but there are far too many books starring perfect characters! He is a character that, for myself, was quite relatable, and for that I applaud you Wixley! Many authors skim over the emotional disturbances of a neglected or abused child, you didn't and I appreciate it.

This was also a very refreshing take on a gay character. Too often a gay character is either deeply evil or more so, an absolute angel. The moral grey area of Adam's thoughts and actions are a great read and definitely a pleasant surprise. It was also nice to read a character that was not only gay, not only flawed, not only the MAIN character, but also, his sexuality is a small portion of his identity. Too many authors write any LGBTQ+ characters as caricatures of "gay culture" and it was quite nice to see a well rounded human being here instead of the "token gay"

All in all, an interesting, intriguing, and well paced ride, perfect to pass an afternoon with.

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  • April H.
  • 27-08-16

Adam's Cross: Witchfinder, Book 1

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”


I found the storyline hard to follow, It seemed to jump around. Most of all the narration was distracting. The story was set mostly in UK, with British terms so the very American narrator got on my nerves. The narrator had a nice voice, just not for this book.


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  • Winston Domingue Jr.
  • 05-02-20

Interesting

I've not read much of this genre of books, so I'm not the best to critique. It had an interesting premise and idea behind the evil doll. Didn't really love the main character and the story felt like it was just leading up to the main event. There is a second book, so I can't say if the build up was worth it, but the decisions ended up developing the main character, but not the story.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 05-01-20

Wonderfully Complex MC

Adam’s life is plagued with difficulties. Whether that be his abusive parents or the creepy house that his grandmother lives in. He’s a target for bullies, but he tries to forget all of that. He’s a violin prodigy. After encountering a strange doll, things take a bizarre turn for him, plunging him into dark hallucinations and visions.

As the story explains each cycle of Adam’s life, it adds another layer to who he is. Even he has questions about who he is deep down, and the more he remembers, the less sure he is that he wants to know.

This is a book with plenty of plot twists and phenomenal character development. Happy to see this is part of a series.

Narration was smooth, working easily with Adam’s character to truly put the icing on the cake that is this audiobook.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.