Best Seat in the House

Your Backstage Pass Through My WWE Journey
Narrated by: Justin Roberts
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (397 ratings)

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**Revised and Edited Edition Now Available**

Justin Roberts always dreamed of being a ring announcer at World Wrestling Entertainment. From playing with action figures of the Ultimate Warrior, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, Bret Hitman Hart and Hulk Hogan to actually announcing these larger-than-life characters to the ring, Roberts lived out the dream of countless, passionate wrestling fans worldwide.

Best Seat in the House is the inspirational story of Roberts' ambitious journey to becoming a full-time ring announcer at WWE, performing all over the world and announcing weekly live events, TV shows, and the enormously popular pay-per-view spectaculars for more than a decade.

In addition to announcing the top wrestlers in sports entertainment from Nature Boy Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter, King Kong Bundy, and the Iron Sheik to Dwayne the Rock Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, and the Undertaker, Roberts also relives entertaining and candid moments with his real-life superhero coworkers, workplace politics, grueling travel schedules, harsh requirements of WWE talent, and the overall merciless treatment from the higher-ups whose decisions can affect nearly the entire wrestling industry.

This book is the all-access backstage pass for those who have always wondered what it would be like to work at WWE under the infamous Vince McMahon and travel all over the world in cars, buses, and planes with the biggest stars of professional wrestling.

Justin Roberts pulls no punches and gives you an uncensored, raw look at the journey of a young man chasing, catching, and living his dream.

©2017 Meyer & Meyer Sport, Ltd (P)2017 Meyer & Meyer Sport, Ltd

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Honest book detailing the life of a WWE performer

Been waiting for the audio version of this book since I first heard about it on the Pro Wrestling Torch. Justin offers some great insider insight to the world of WWE. He pulls no punches for those he was mistreated by, and he is very open about those who helped him in his career.

The book is one of my favorite wrestling books, but there is an element of sour grapes that taints story to some degree. I believe what he says has happened but there seems to almost be the element of "I believe you, but want to hear what the other side has to say about this too", but we don't get that here obviously.

The only other minor gripe I had was the lack of editing before the audio book was published. The book is littered with instances where a line is repeated or corrected without editing out the flubbed line. If you can get past that and have a thirst for what WWE is like behind the scenes, you'll probably enjoy this book a great deal.

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insightful inspirational AND TRULY TRUTHFUL

this is honestly the best book I've read! justin roberts really takes you for one hell of a ride! that puts you quite litrally in the best seat in the house! you will cry! you will laugh and sometimes get out right angry! it is a story of a life long fan who wanted nothing more than to live his dream! and actually accomplished it! a must own! for any true fan! That inspires to get into the business that we all love called pro wrestling! because it really is the bestSeatInTheHouse! 🙌

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Good Story but bad audio production

Great WWE insider information from a true lifelong wrestling fan by Justin. I believe every word spoken, those guys at the seem like real jerks and I could tell they chased true talent away. Either way great story, but due to audio repeat, skipping; and at times it appears as if Justin is drinking liquid while reading text.

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decent story, terrible performance

this is the worst audible book I've ever listened to. I got through it because I enjoy the subject matter but he continuously smacks his lips or makes some noise with his tongue before he speaks. additionally, there 15 or 20 or more times when he reads part of a sentence and then it repeats with a second take. hard to believe no one edited that stuff out.

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Decent

Well there were some problems with it and he complains a lot but there were also interesting parts too

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Some re recordings in the recording. Kinda strange

Story was great, narration had some repeat recordings. If audible fixed it up then it would get five stars from me.

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Needs editing

Several outtakes have been left in the book. Good story for fans, slapdash production disclaimer.

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Like being a Fly on the Wall in the WWE

What made the experience of listening to Best Seat in the House the most enjoyable?


I just wanted to hear stories of the modern-day wrestlers I love to watch and an unfiltered version of how the bosses (i.e. Vince, Stephanie, HHH,etc) run the shows. Justin gives you SO MUCH MORE! I couldn't stop listening about what really goes on in the background of the WWE.

What about Justin Roberts’s performance did you like?


Nostalgia takes hold, you can't help it when you hear him perform the same announcements of the wrestlers intros like CM Punk or John Cena performed in the audiobook as he performed on television. Awesome reenactment!

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


The true story behind the "Conner's Cure" Organization. It a profound and revealing story in the book. When you hear the details yourself, the truth really do hurt as a WWE fan. I enjoyed the story, but very Sad. WWE should be ashamed for how they treated Justin in this aspect. They got away with murder.

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Great book

As a 37-year old lifelong wrestling fan, I was reliving things with Justin. I was proud of the honesty in this book.

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Just in case

you felt felt like his journey and words would be worthless. it's actually a pretty damn good view. he brought some light to my eyes, on a few wrestlers, and WWE. it was a pretty damn hard journey to live your dream only to see things differently as things unfolded. You definitely are missing out if you dont listen, or even read the book.

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  • Alexander Buka
  • 08-16-18

It's okay, and this from a wrestling fan.

I wanted to like this book—I did. It's fascinating listening to Justin talk about his unique outlook and story.

But it's a little repetitive when he explains how he has been down-trodden throughout his career and how his perspective (being the passionate fan, knowing what the fans wanted) is the correct one and should have been listened to each and every single time.

Justin's story starts to sound like he couldn't go wrong.

If you've read the Bret Hart autobiography, it's essentially that in reverse. In this book, everyone overlooked him, and the authority hated him for the entirety of the book, and in that last chapter, it turns into "I really enjoyed myself."

This book is also poorly edited at times, and I even made a grimacing face while listening to it.

I found it a bit of a struggle to finish it, to be honest.

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  • Pete M
  • 07-09-18

Great Book but...

Really good book if you're a pro wrestling fan but some poor editing meant lines were repeated often.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

Great story, shame about the mistakes

Excellent insight to the WWE as a whole, with some truly shocking stories of bullying. Only thing that let's it down is the narrative being a little too excited at times (talks very fast on too many occasions). Some sentences are repeated too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-20

Entertaining and unfiltered

Justin Roberts gives a great insight into his life before and during his tenure in WWE. His way of writing is refreshingly direct, giving a view behind the scenes of WWE that, unlike many other WWE talent biographies, doesn't smell of WWE's marketing department. Justin also performs greatly as the narrator, turning on his announcer voice to great effect.

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  • avik dasmahapatra
  • 03-10-20

Amazing

this is a book from a fans perspective, hence is very relatable.
simply amazing !!

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  • Iain Roberts
  • 12-04-19

So mcuh to offer

Not going to lie, I didn't expect much when I used my token. I saw Justin in ring when he was working for the WWE in Glasgow so I thought I would least get the Audiobook for him coming over. When I pressed play it was a amazing story about not only his love for wrestling but who he is as a person. He comes across as a gentle soul who loves who he does but more importantly, his friends. I love his WWE raw betty white story on how he wanted to meet her with his Golden Girl T-shirt on!

Its a great account for anyone who wants to become involved in the world of Sports entertainment as he tells it as it is, difficult and rewarding.

I recommend the audiobook as Justin is very good and makes it easy on the ears.

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  • Alan Blyth
  • 06-23-19

A Man too good for WWE

Who better to narrate his own story of the trials and tribulations of the wrestling business than the best WWE announcer of all time?

An intriguing, shocking but most of all entertaining insight into the life of an enthusiastic and inspiring individual who just wanted the very best for everyone who helped make his dreams a reality.

Despite never being involved in the wrestling business, I found Justin's tale to be very relatable. I too have been in places of employment that have failed to reward or even acknowledge hard work and going beyond the role. I truly know what it is like to put your heart and soul into something only to get bitterness, jealousy and arrogance in return.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and I highly recommend it to anyone inside and outside the ropes of the squared circle.

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  • Graeme
  • 01-02-19

Amazing insight

Great book read by the man himself.

Some of the editing is poor which makes it jump around abit and you hear the same thing twice but because it’s so well written and read you don’t mind this too much.

Hope there’s a new chapter in wrestling for Justin in the future (AEW maybe) 😊👍🏻

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  • Mr. R. Butler
  • 11-12-18

Amazing book, edited strangely

Was an amazing book to tell the story of Wwe and how it isn’t as great as it sounds.
It was let down as it didn’t sound like it was edited properly, maybe it was an issue with my phone but it sounded like he would say a sentence and then repeat it to make it sound better assuming those bits would be edited out. There is a chance my phone was playing up and skipping backwards, not heard this on other books though

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  • Sean O'Connor
  • 09-13-18

great

really good read. few times lines were repeated which was irrating but a fantastic insight all the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

Really Enjoyed

I loved the book and stories inside. Thank you Justin and hope to see you in WWE again and I hope you will enjoy with peace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-19

Great book

I’m not even halfway and I’m really enjoying listening to this book. It’s also gives me a reason to get off my arse and take the dog for a walk.

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  • Team Naddie
  • 07-29-19

Wonderful read!

Thankyou Justin, I haven’t read a WWE book in a decade but after reading about the bullying in the company I wanted to hear your story. I always wondered why you left and think it’s their loss. Good luck! I finished the book in 4 days. Great stuff

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  • John Taylor
  • 05-09-18

Best Seat in the House - the Best Read

This book is great insight into the behind the curtain of Professional Wrestling! It was an honest and unbiased versions of events of WWE Ring Announcers Justin Roberts! Very enjoyable read - highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in wrestling! Definitely 5 star book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-18

Great journey!

Justin gives you an amazing story of someone who made their dream job happen! Inspiring!

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  • DJ
  • 09-29-17

A Different Point Of View

After being a wrestling fan for my entire life, and listening to/reading many different wrestler biographies and autobiographies the view Justin gives on his journey is enthralling, its funny, its sad, and as cliche as it sounds it was one great rollercoaster ride.

Being read by Justin himself gives it that authenticity, hearing him announce names like he used to on the show brought back great memories of hearing him.

This is a must have for any wrestling fan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-17

The Quintessential Wrestling Book

This just in terms of substance is the most interesting wrestling book I've ever read. Justin's perspective is refreshingly honest, entertaining, heartbreaking and more often than not inspirational.

A must read for the wrestling fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-17

Great book 10/10

Would recommend to any wrestling fan. A great book to listen to done by Justin