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The Locker Room | [Amy Lane]

The Locker Room

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.
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Publisher's 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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    Amazon Customer Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-29-12
    Amazon Customer Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-29-12
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Antoine Canada 09-26-12
    L. Antoine Canada 09-26-12 Member Since 2010

    book-worm

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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 06-18-13
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 06-18-13 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "I love Amy's books!"
    What did you love best about The Locker Room?

    I loved the friendship and loyalty! Some people did not like this story because the basketball jargon was off, but I loved it. Love Sean Crisden in any book.


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

    Any of Amy's books. She builds great friendships with love, Maybe her Talker series


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great, He is one of my favorite narrators


    Who was the most memorable character of The Locker Room and why?

    I am a Christian fan, but love Xander as well. I do love their gay manager!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-31-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amy Lane does it again"
    What did you love best about The Locker Room?

    I loved the relationship btwn the two MCs. Amy Lane does a great job in writing "love" I usually get swept away by her writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    See above.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of Mr. Crisden's performances, with Bear, Otter and the Kid being my favorite. He delivers another great performance here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving anything away, one of the MCs get hurt and the depth of the reaction from the other is moving. The ending is also great. I hope there is a sequel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-24-13
    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wish there were a Squeal"
    Would you listen to The Locker Room again? Why?

    I have listen to it about 3 times already it was a wonderful and sad story but it was great......


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the true love in the story it was beautiful!


    What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job with the voices.... nothing special


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.... I mean when they had to do the every third game (read the book and you will understand the sadness) my heart broke for them. Not anyone should have to deal with something like that.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read it again but I recommend the book it was a lovely story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Brandsted USA 10-04-12
    M. Brandsted USA 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, but irritating reader"
    What did you love best about The Locker Room?

    I have this book in ebook form, and I loved it. But the audio version irritated me to no end. Firstly, misprounced words abound. I'm always annoyed when I come across this, but really, this is the worst I've ever found. "Sequined" pronounced in suck a fasion to rhyme with dined. And that's just one of many. And any time there's a line that says a character laughed or sighed or whatever...the reader does so. In somce cases, I felt this was more annoying and not even fitting to the context it was meant. And don't even get me started on his over the top performance on the more "steamy" scenes. I very seldom come across such horribly annoying narration, so I've gotten lazy about giving it a sample listen before buying, and because I enjoyed this book in its ebook format, I was so excited that I just bought instead of listen. My oversight. Don't do what I did. Sample first, then make your choice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is wonderfully written and very touching


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator really is over the top and needs to learn how to procounce a great many words before he does this type of work again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael Western Australia 10-04-12
    michael Western Australia 10-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.

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    I really enjoyed this story narrator was good and story kept going at a good pass.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-06-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Amazing... the end?"

    I really like this story... Great from beginning until the very last sentence, then the end... what? I just don't get it...I was so upset about the end..and that is why no five stars...

    Crisden is one amazing narrator... I love anything he reads...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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