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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Lynn Harris Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739381878
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E. Lynn Harris has wowed and seduced more than three million readers with the wicked drama and undeniable heart in his novels. Now he’s back with another winner sure to top the bestseller lists—a rip-roaring tale of sex, secrets, betrayal…and blackmail.

Aldridge James “AJ” Richardson is living the good life. He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles from jet-setting around the country on a whim, and an MBA—but he’s never had to work a regular job. He owes it all to his longtime lover, Dray Jones. Dray Jones the rich and famous NBA star. They fell in love in college when AJ was hired to tutor Dray, a freshman on the basketball team. But Dray knew if he wanted to make it to the big time, he must juggle his public image and his private desires. Built on a deep, abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both, but when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions about AJ, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray’s “other life.” Or does she?

In Basketball Jones, E. Lynn Harris explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow. Filled with nonstop twists and turns, it will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

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Quotes & Awards

  • There’s nothing like a little love triangle. . . . Steamy. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Harris’s books are hot, in more ways than one. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity. USA Today
  • Keeps the sex, scandal and drama churning. People
     
  • [Harris’s] prose is clean and engaging, the characters compelling, and the plot fast and twisted. Seattle Weekly 
  • Slam-dunk entertainment. . . . A big score for novel lovers. Insight News 
  •  “A story of intrigue. . . . We come to understand why, even in our enlightened time, a pro athlete cannot feel that being openly gay is an option. The Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
  • Scandalously entertaining. . . . A look into the glitz and glamour of the NBA. Urban Reviews
     
  • In true E. Lynn fashion, there’s betrayal, deceit, secrets and of course, sex; all leading to a high-impact denouement. Bleu magazine 
     
  • Harris . . . create[s] characters that remind us of someone we know. . . . Titillating. GBM News 
  • Since his first novel . . . Harris has challenged and delighted his readers with juicy stories of love, betrayal and the lives of beautiful people. . . . Fast-paced, funny [and] hip. Bookreporter

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chineka Williams | 2/11/2014

    " From the first word of this book I wanted to know more about the main character and read as many pages as possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 2/10/2014

    " ...trashy in my favorite way... Not for kids... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malika | 2/9/2014

    " BJ is a quick read and fairly entertaining. The storyline is not deep and s pretty predictable, but its a good book for rainy afternoon, some beach time, or to read at the spa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Ann | 2/8/2014

    " A good storyline. It made me question how many profesional athletes can identify...? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/7/2014

    " A story of a basketball player and his struggle to keep his gay partner a secret so he can stay in the NBA. Told from the viewpoint of his partner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David poindexter | 2/4/2014

    " They say dont judge the book by its cover. That is true because when u first look at the cover it looks like its gonna be about a basketball star and him and all the women. I started to read this book and it started to get a little weird. This basketball star Drayton Jones was an undercover gay person. Him and his boyfriend AJ had a sercet relationship that they did not want anybody to know about. While AJ would do everything for dray whilehe was in college and also when he got to the nba. When Drayton had found a female that he had liked then thats when AJ got mad but he couldnt say anthing because there relationship was a sercet. Thats when AJ had to choice if he wantes to still stay with the one he love or did he want to leave. This book was ok but i wish that they would have put more people in the book. The the plot was that good in order to build up on something bigger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shantal | 1/24/2014

    " Good. Quick read. Reminded me of the strawberry letters on the Steve Harvey morning show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Johnson-lane | 1/18/2014

    " I love E. Lynn Harris! Enough said! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilli | 1/17/2014

    " Was able to read this book in about 3 days. The main character in the book lived a depressing life. I always wonder when I read Harris' books how closely the characters are based on people he knows. The issues and experiences seem too real to be fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thinkthendoit69 | 1/13/2014

    " hmmmm...really appreciated the candor and honesty of the main character and peeping the whole "down low" game...but could do without some of the details... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/24/2013

    " This is one of those stories that makes me wish I could grab the lead character by the shirt collar, shake and say "what the hell are you thinking?!" Ah well, what is good fiction if it doesn't make you want to shout at the characters or cringe at the conflict? Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 :..Renee'..: | 12/13/2013

    " i love this book...i read it in one day cuz i didnt wanna put it down...It had me on my toes trying not to skipp chapters.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/11/2013

    " havent had time to read this week but wl be done tomorrow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davey Kirk | 10/31/2013

    " Sorry but this book made me questions everymans sexuality! Great book though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asia Gibson | 5/9/2013

    " I love E. Lynn Harris novels! This was a very good read. Not as juicy as all the others but still good! I found myself in tears when Basil appeared at the end! I love me some Basil! RIP E. Lynn. Your style of writing is definitely missed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Electra T | 1/3/2013

    " I loved this book! ELH is one of my fav authors!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frynsg | 12/2/2012

    " Totally wanted to slap the SH** out of AJ. I don't care how much money your man makes, there is no reason why you should be this deep in the closet. Society is completely unfair, thank you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/4/2012

    " I picked this up at the library and read it in an evening. Harris' novels are always fun to read, and this is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Hinton | 1/12/2012

    " Couldn't put it down from the opening page... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 11/7/2011

    " Twist and turns! Thats whats makes E. Lynn Harris' books hot! Okay... the guys seem kinda cute too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/8/2011

    " This was one of Mr. Harris best books I loved how the story flowed and how real it was "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 8/10/2011

    " An okay read. Basically everyone wants to beloved and be able to show that love - whether straight or gay. Plot was rather predictable. Insightful on some levels same ole E Lynn Harris on other levels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shone | 6/6/2011

    " This was my local bookclubs BOM, the discussion was long, and loud. We came to the conclusion Same sex same problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Electra | 4/16/2011

    " I loved this book! ELH is one of my fav authors!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 2/11/2011

    " It was a page turner, but not as good as most of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chivon | 2/7/2011

    " I wasn't sure what to think of this book, it wasn't quite what I expected, but I kept reading and became intrigued. It ended up being an okay book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mutima | 10/2/2010

    " This novel was a fast read. The characters were well defined. The story became predictable however, I enjoyed Basketball Jones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shante | 5/18/2010

    " Didn't hate it but didn't love it *shrugs* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 :..Renee'..: | 5/10/2010

    " i love this book...i read it in one day cuz i didnt wanna put it down...It had me on my toes trying not to skipp chapters.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2010

    " A story of a basketball player and his struggle to keep his gay partner a secret so he can stay in the NBA. Told from the viewpoint of his partner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 12/20/2009

    " Couldn't put it down from the opening page... "

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About the Author
Author E. Lynn HarrisE. LYNN HARRIS is the author of ten previous novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. His recent novels Just Too Good to be True, I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, and Any Way the Wind Blows hit the bestseller lists in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.