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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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  • Washington DC
  • 06-23-17

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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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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the untold stories of one of the best announcers

A great in depth look into Justin's career, through the good, bad, and ugly. A man that deserved everything, got everything, then had to watch it be unfairly stripped away.

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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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Honest Look Into How the WWE Is Run

Overall a great book that I found really interesting. Loved that he narrated it as well. It was a good look into starting from the bottom of a WWE announcer. It does portray WWE in a negative light, but I wasn't shocked by that. It was refreshing to hear (what I think was) and honest story about his experience and the company.

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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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The following review is scheduled for one full listen

I started following Justin’s career when I saw him announced wwe raw when he was in St Louis and I remember liking him that night and when I heard he had a book I was interested in what he had to say.

I never knew how much of a wrestling fan he was and he brings that excitement and energy while reading this book. It is more entertaining to listen to his story that way. You’re left satisfied with his story on him making his dream a reality and at the same time felt disappointed for him when the environment he was placed in took part of his passion away. But he leaves you optimistic in the end and hopeful for him and his future.

Check it out.

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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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Loved it!

Justin Roberts did an amazing job at explaining how much he loved the art of professional wrestling. He also explained well how his love for the business was not appreciated by those in WWE management. It is unfortunate for WWE does not appreciate the men and women who sacrifice so much to get so little in return. This is an amazing read for anyone interested being a part of pro wrestling either as a fan, employee or performer.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CEason84
  • 05-15-18

Grapple your interest in professional wrestling

I enjoyed the book overall but I felt it was a little rushed, I would have loved for the author to go into more detail about his experience with the WWE. I understand there was a lot of information to get out of his story but it felt at times like more could have been said.

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  • A. Macgregor
  • 02-12-18

always good to hear how wwe works

What about Justin Roberts’s performance did you like?

Justin Roberts is a great story teller could listen to him tell stories all day.

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  • Tony
  • 01-17-18

In the inside

Its a enjoyable read and interesting to know what happens behind the scenes of WWE - any WWE fan should give this a listen

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  • Jonathan A. Harper
  • 12-13-17

brilliant

I absolutely loved this book, incredible story of a fan who gets to where he wanted to be

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  • Mark William Dale
  • 12-13-17

Outstanding & Honest

So many times we just hear the wrestlers versions of what happens on the road or backstage. This is a really interesting & honest story from one of the best ring announcers of his generation. Brilliant story and it was an absolute pleasure meeting Justin when he was in Belfast with WWE

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  • G. Best
  • 11-17-17

Eye opener

Got the audio version of Justin’s book and loved hearing a different and real perspective of life in the WWE and on the road. Justin goes in depth from being a childhood fan to finally realising his dream and perhaps nightmare. Great read!

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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