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The Locker Room

By: Amy Lane
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-2018

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
  • 26-09-2012

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
  • 29-09-2012

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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  • L.D.
  • 18-09-2020

Love that Endures

The Locker Room is a standalone, sports romance focused on the intense love between two professional athletes. Xander and Chris have the type of love that love-ballads are written about—it’s so strong and pure and there were many moments where my breath caught in my throat. This book is heavy on the angst, but the promise of happy ending kept me going. There were so many sweet and cute moments interspaced with the heavy angst, and although the ending was kind of open-ended, it was definitely happy. The ending was not my favorite and it felt like Amy Lane was using a lot of artistic license but it left me feeling unsatisfied and wishing for something more complete. The rest of the book is still worth reading, though. Sean Crisden does a good job with the narration and I have no problem with his performance. However, whoever helped to produce this audiobook should re-think the use of the stupid sound effects between chapters. They felt cheap and really ruined the flow of the story. I wish there was a version of this audiobook that didn’t have that silly music in it, because everything else was well done.

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  • Amocca
  • 30-05-2020

A favorite re-read

A classic and a favorite of mine. Tear jerker and an epic love story. Re-listen often.

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  • C. Bowers
  • 15-09-2019

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
  • 11-08-2019

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
  • 05-08-2019

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
  • 11-07-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-2019

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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  • Miguel Monteiro
  • 06-08-2015

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!