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Best Seat in the House Audiobook

Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass Through My WWE Journey

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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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    Jersey Washington DC 06-23-17
    Jersey Washington DC 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-06-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Anonymous 10-08-17
    10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Awesome Book"

    I really enjoyed the book. It really a perspective on what goes on behind the scenes while still showing respect for everyone. It last good to hear that a fan lived his dream and got to be on top. Awesome read

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    Anonymous 10-06-17
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    "Honestly Moving"

    From his school days as a real life Ferris Bueller, through his journey of creating his own openings and opportunities to his non-stop globe-trotting with the WWE, Best Seat in the House pulls back the curtain not only on what it's really like to be in WWE but the painstaking road that took him there. Roberts shares intimate details of his professional and personal life in a raw and vulnerable telling of passion, persistence and reflection.

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    Jarmon 09-30-17
    Jarmon 09-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book I've ever heard! Narrate more plz lol"

    Had me tear up around the dad part. Frustrated for Justin going through all that by himself. Very happy he lived his dream and left with his head high. It's sad that when you're good you get hated. 10/10 can't wait to hear what Justin gets into in the future. 2nd fav announcer after Fink.

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    Anonymous 09-21-17
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    "great book. love the peek behind the curtain."

    Could have been edited better but great book! I couldn't stop listening. Heartbreaking at times, but you couldn't help but feel everything Justin felt. Recommend highly to any WWE or wrestling fan.

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    Justin Jones 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very interesting journey "

    Justin did a great job of keeping my attention the whole time. Everyone can relate to not getting along with their supervisors, and he did a great job contrasting the joy of working their dream job with the dead one feels when dealing with an untenable situation with supervisors. I wish it was longer! I would love to hear more stories from his travels.

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    Adrian 08-31-17
    Adrian 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very fun read and look on the inside of wwe"

    a good read to hear about someone's journey to following their dreams. must read for wrestling fans

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    Maci Hutson 07-27-17
    Maci Hutson 07-27-17
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    "Great book"

    Amazing story! Done very well! Very honest of the company he worked for. Its not a burial of the company just an honest opinion

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    D. White New York 07-23-17
    D. White New York 07-23-17
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    "Awesome Book!"
    Where does Best Seat in the House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is so far the best audiobook I have listened to by far. Of course I am biased because I am a big wrestling fan and this definitely gave the fans an inside look into the business.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was an autobiography so Justin of Course.


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

    With Justin narrating the book himself, I was able to hear and feel the ups and downs of what he was going through trying to make it in the wrestling business from his perspective. Listening to him read his story from front to back is just as good as if it were presented in tv format.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You think you know but you have no idea.. The Justin Roberts story


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend any wrestling fan check this out. This audiobook gives an inside look into the early life and wrestling announcing career of Justin Roberts. I didnt know much about him before this but can appreciate the struggle and the come up after reading this. WWE did him wrong and its good to hear his side of the story. It was a fair and candid look into the inner workings of the business and the people behind the crap that goes on behind the scenes. By the way, why isnt JBL fired yet after so many complaints of bullying by multiple people?

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  • Greg Clark
    10/16/17
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    "Fantastic book. A fun Journey! Highly recommended"

    I really loved this book. Justin's story is a fantastic one which kept me hooked.

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  • Anonymous
    9/30/17
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    "Mundane moaning"

    Probably the worst wrestling book I've ever read, Justin moans moans moans constantly about what he would of done, moans more about nobody believing that the ring announcer should be booking the biggest wrestling company in the world, just when you think the moaning is over he moans that the wrestlers were mean to him, nothing ever seems to be his fault but rather every other person in the industry stopped him from changing the wrestling world! The only interesting stories in this moan tome is when he's talking about the guys who went out their way to give him autographs or phone calls to his father, justin comes across as a fanboy on a wrestling forum and seems to think his job entitled him to a more privileged position which is why he comes across as bitter and ungrateful for the position that he did hold. All this is justified by Justin telling us that he was just trying to make wrestling better for the fans or that he spoke for the fans or the fans deserve better, well the fans do deserve better, they deserve much better than this struggle of a book, at one point he talks about burning his mouth on pizza and that was probably a high point of his story, listening to this book was like being in jail, I just kept waiting for it all to be over. I realise this is one long ranting paragraph but that's all this book deserves. If you really want a wrestling book with some decent and frank story's the get bob hollys book instead. You have been warned!

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  • Calum McMinn
    9/6/17
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    "An eye opening account of life in WWE"

    A very interesting account of what life is like in the WWE from someone with no incentive pander to the company. Justin doesn't come across as bitter, just honest about how working at his dream job both lived up to, and failed to live up to, his expectations. It's kind of bittersweet how his great experiences were sullied by his negative ones.

    My only criticism of this book is the production quality. I get the impression Justin recorded this himself with no help as there are quite a few places where he does a second take of a phrase, takes lengthy pauses or background noises are heard. It could do with someone listening through it and cleaning up these sections.

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  • Alistair
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    8/24/17
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    "Highly recommended book! Give it a try!"
    Would you listen to Best Seat in the House again? Why?

    It is quite likely that sometime in the future I will listen to this book again especially as a wrestling fan.

    It is a definitely honest telling of Justin's story in WWE containing the good, the bad and the in-between. He isn't out to get anyone - with the possible exception of JBL - and it shows. His genuine affection for guys like Tommy Dreamer, Navajo and William Regal shines through the text.

    His criticism when it occurs is honest and is coming from a good place as a wrestling fan or as someone who cares for the performers and wants to see them and the company succeed and do their best. Justin himself says some of his comments may no longer apply but many seem all the more important in the modern 2017 landscape.


    What other book might you compare Best Seat in the House to, and why?

    The best book to compare this one to would be The Hardcore Truth or one of the Chris Jericho autobiographies. The Hardcore Truth is definitely more critical or sarcastic about certain things but it's a good comparison as they allow you to see the industry from different perspectives.

    You get Justin's view of things as a ring announcer and fan on one side and Bob Holly and Chris Jericho's seperate books from the point of view of the actual wrestlers. It's interesting seeing where their views match and where they diverge.


    What does Justin Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Hearing Justin read the book brought out the sincerity to me. His genuine joy when discussing the good moments made me smile as well as hearing the hunger of a young fan chasing his dream when discussing his childhood memories. I do wish the audiobook had been somewhat better edited but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I'm so glad Justin narrated this himself.


    Any additional comments?

    I genuinely recommend that if you are a wrestling fan that you pick this up. Even if you are only somewhat interested or curious I would still endorse it as a interesting biography.

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  • Whitestar1dj
    8/14/17
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    "A look behind the scenes of WWE"

    A real insight in to working for the giant that is WWE well worth a listen for any wrestling fan.

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  • Matthew
    8/12/17
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    "Well worth a listen, brilliant book."

    I was a fan of WWE as a child, this bought back so many memories. Not only that it was a fantastic insight into the business, from an angle that is very under represented. Really interesting, touching, inspiring. Couldn't put it down and would recommend to anyone.

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  • Lee
    7/28/17
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    "Excellent read"

    A real insight into the workings of WWE and some of the personalities in it nail hit on the head when it's stressed that a wrestling company that promotes anti bullying has bully's working there. Will definitely read again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chaig
    7/26/17
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    "Great read"

    Loved this book. Such an interesting and amazing story from someone deep within the business. Highs lows and everything in between. This story could be made into a movie!! Highly recommend to anyone to read Justin's story. You don't have to be a fan of wrestling to enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Gander
    6/23/17
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    "Poorly edited!"

    The narrator makes countless mistakes whilst reading out loud, which in itself is understandable.
    However the audible content has been so poorly edited together that when a mistake is made the narrator just repeats the entire sentence.
    It ruins the audible book experience completely.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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