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The Locker Room

By: Amy Lane
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA. But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could. Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?

©2011 Amy Lane (P)2012 Amy Lane

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just great!

loved it, started listening last night and woke up earlier to finish it this morning! overall I thought this was a sweet love story. nothing groundbreaking but great for what it is. the narrator was excellent, too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-18

My heart and my eyes remain swollen -Epic romance!

I can't begin to count the tears that have fallen during this one. Sean Crisden makes everything he does come to life but the material Amy Lane provided this go around is beyond words. I was cursing her throughout for putting my heart through all this emotion and I wondered if I was strong enough to finish it. I'm thankful I persevered. I'm sure this story needs to be seen or at least heard by the world and hope someone is working to make that happen.

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  • L. Antoine
  • 26-09-12

great story - bad narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Locker Room to be better than the print version?

NO - and I have both

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love both MCs, but I liked Leo too

What didn’t you like about Michael Anthony’s performance?

the sound effects sounded superficial and fake, should have not been done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

Any additional comments?

I love Amy Lane's books, I wish this one's narration was better because the story is wonderful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-12

Amazing Story...once you get past the narration.

What did you love best about The Locker Room?

Amy Lane never fails to run her characters through the wringer. No matter if it's one of her sweeter, happier tales or an angsty one, all of her guys EARN their happy ending.

What other book might you compare The Locker Room to and why?

I can't compare Amy Lane's work to anything but her others, Keeping Promise Rock, and the Talker series and any other that involve such character torture leading to a happy ending that's so satisfying.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Anthony?

My automatic response is Sean Crisden, but really, Michael Anthony's performance could have been much, much better if he stopped overacting. No really, you don't have to act out every sigh, gasp, laugh, sob, and (cringe) moan. The reader has enough imagination to figure out what a man having a orgasm sounds like (and if we don't, we can watch porn). Some of the part of the dialogue was really hard to hear because he was trying too hard. He's got a great voice, and I would totally get another book if he did it, only if he cut that overacting bit out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Other than "Oh God, really?" during all the lovescenes (see my response to the narrator questions), the actual work makes me tear up at places. These boys love the hell out of each other, and their devotion make me wibble. Seriously.

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  • C. Bowers
  • 15-09-19

I always forget Amy Lane’s style

I really need to stop listening to Amy Lane. I always love the books but they piss me off so much. There’s always way more heart ache than I prefer in books (or anything else) but because she writes them so well I forget until I’ve already been sucked into the book. Please don’t listen to this if you aren’t ready to see two people torture themselves by making horrible decisions to try and make the other happy and only hurting each other. Although this was a little lighter than others I’ve listened to it was still hard. If you don’t mind crying and wanting to punch the main characters then go ahead. Geez, I really hate giving this a 4 stars because I hated it but loved the characters she made and the way she wrote and the narrator so much I can’t give it any less even though I will not be listening to it again.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-08-19

Amazing book!!

I absolutely loved this book! Omg the feels were amazing and Sean is an awesome narrator. My only issue with the audiobook was the music that played at the beginning and between chapters. The music itself was not bad but the volume was set to high and made it hard to hear the chapter names. Ms. Lane please continue to write amazing stories and Mr. Crisden please continue to narrate beautifully!

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  • BrattyOz
  • 05-08-19

I loved this book

Interesting, sad, frustrating, inspiring. This book made me a believer in gay rights and 100% convinced that gay marriage was long overdue.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-19

Amazing

This book was so enlightening. It showed the hardship of having to deny a relationship of true love. I felt for these characters. I was expecting someone to cheat and there relationship would be a strain from that. I didnt think Christian was gonna make it after the accident. My imagination ran wild with this story. it could have went so many different ways.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-19

Excellent book with so much basis in truth

Amy Lane is a lovely writer, I'm no writer - this is the story of things that are all too common - and it tears at my heart to know that there are children out there - fighting for their survival and clinging to the hope of love. Beautiful story Amy - my favorite of yours so far is Bonfires - but you have many that resonate with me and stir my heart - draw me in. I look forward to your next book! PS LOVE SEAN CRISDEN as a narrator - he is one of my go to's! Thank you!

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  • N.HG
  • 18-05-19

It can only be love

Some times, if you're lucky, you get this pure and warm and wonderful feeling of love. When you meet that someone or when your heart knows how it should feel before even you know it. And it's really hard to put that feeling in to word, its too abstract. This book, this wonderfully written book does it. If you ever wondered how true love looks like, feels like, sounds like, just listen /read this book. It's the best way I can describe what I just listened to. Highly recommended!!

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  • Kristen A. Remick
  • 07-09-18

I’m so sad that it is over. Deeply moving story. An inspiration for a fellow author.

I’m experiencing that melancholy feeling. The story was sweet. Sean read it perfectly. And I am deeply sorry that it is over. I have already been purchasing more Amy Lane stories for my Kindle and from Audible and paperbacks too so my melancholy doesn’t turn into sadness. Thank you, Amy, for a touching story.