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Adam's Cross

Witchfinder, Book 1
Narrated by: Alexander Misiti
Series: Witchfinder, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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
  • Savannah, Georgia, US
  • 06-15-19

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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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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Not going to be a series I would go back to

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This isn't going to be a series for me. It's not a bad story, there's some interesting stuff done here, and I (having gone through all (3) of the books at this point) can tell the author has a well put together universe for the books. The problem is either a lack of an editor or a lack of a good editor. The story feels jumbled and it feels like a lot of needed information or character information is missing. It's a tough spot to be in, because I'm intrigued by the story and what's going on, but it's almost hard to listen to at some points.

For the narrator, they do a decent job, I'm not going to go hunting for his stuff, but I wouldn't avoid things he narrates.

Overall, this feels like it got a second pass by the author but really could use an editor to come along and point out hard to follow areas.

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a chilling but thrilling tale

I was captivated by the characters in this book! The only issue I had was that when the story jumps ahead in time you don't know ot right away, you kind of have to figure it out on your own. Pretty easy to figure it out though. I loved how creepy and dark the story was as well as the twists Wixley used! The narration was good and helped bring the story to life! Definately reccomended by me!

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Creepy and thrilling

I received this book without purchase for a honest review.

Holy moly! I first stated listening to this story and thought I am not going to make it through the story, the build up and the history were so much. Then it all started to come together and you are thinking oh yea, he is a killer, then something changes and you are rethinking everything about the history. This book had so many twists and turns, it kept me guessing all the way through. It was a remarkable story with a surprise ending.

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Great listen.

Not sure i would rate it as a horror book, at least what I view as horror kind of books.

I started to listen to Adam's Cross audio-book is a listen which takes 4 hours and 58 minutes (of course I knew that I wouldn't need that much time to finish cleaning). As I listened to the book and voice narrator I was drawn into the book. With the writers wordings, and the narrator doing some different voices for each character in the book, like an Irish accent for one of the characters, it helps you with the visualization.

The book follows Adam as a child and the things he sees and hears. At certain points you have to ask yourself, is this really what is happening to him?, or just the imagination of a child? Things that he sees, does and thinks is very interesting to hear (or even to read). The book progresses to Adam being an adult.

His parents fight alot, but usually stop when he is in the room. His mom runs hot and cold with him, and all he wants is his mom's approval. His dad is a very weak man and Adam knows it but wishes it was different. Adam himself has his issues as well that shows up.

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Dysfunctional

I did enjoy listening to this dark, suspenseful book. Really enjoyed the main character of Adam how he overcomes his dysfunctional upbringing, His mother is mental ill almost split personality sweet one day and evil the next while his father is weak and is bullied by others (no real friends growing up) seek solace with his violin. He does eventually find love and marries Mark and they get their daughter Candy and tries to rekindle with his mother then devastation occurs (Matthew). The ending was disturbing. . Recommend if you enjoy dark paranormal thrillers. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Adams Cross

Loved it!Alexander Misli was a great narrator!I was given this book free by the narrator,author or the publisher.

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Intriguing & Compelling!!

I enjoyed this book very much. The author did an excellent job with the plot and characters. Both the plot and characters are well developed and interesting. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I was disappointed when and how the book ended but was pleased to see that this is only book 1 of the series. I am excited and eager to start book two.

Alexander Misitis' performance was perfect for this book. He provides a unique voice for each character gives them life. There is nothing negative I have to say about the author or narrator. Kudos to both for an excellent book and narration!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-19

Pros and Cons...

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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  • Mary Grace Shelton
  • 07-02-19

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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  • Jonathan
  • 06-23-19

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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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

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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  • deafmick
  • 06-08-19

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

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  • Simona
  • 10-12-16

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.