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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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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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No stop interesting and insightful.

Best wrestling book since Bret Hart's. A+ Amazing stories. Like Bret a very good story teller.

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Justin Roberts lived his dreams. Great read.

Justin Roberts lived his dream from being a lifelong WWE fan as a child to actually making it to the big time as a ring announcer with WWE. An amazing journey that brings out his honest feelings and confirms my preexisting sentiments about WWE as very loose, hypocritical business culture. I found the book to be both emotional and inspiring throughout as a lifelong professional wrestling fan myself.

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Yes!

wow! a great story of a guy who never gave up on his dreams. He knew exactly what he wanted and got it, even through some pretty grueling times. my only complaint is with the audio. some pretty patchy editing spots throughout.

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Captivating Story, Personally and Professionally

Would you consider the audio edition of Best Seat in the House to be better than the print version?

While I have not read the print version of this book I feel that the audio version is the better version. The audiobook helps convey the emotions of what Justin was feeling. I listened to it on a 20 hour road trip one weekend and it truly helped keep me entertained.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of it. Justin was very honest with his experiences at WWE and with trying to get to WWE. The way he described himself as a fan growing up, meeting wrestlers, playing with action figures, watching WWF programming almost described me exactly. His story was very relatable to me. Being in the TV Production business myself and having worked with WWE in some of my jobs I could understand the things he was saying about the business.

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

When Justin is excited, you are excited. When he is sad, you are sad. He isn't just reading any story, he is reading his own. There is true emotion coming out of his mouth. The ring introductions that he says isn't something you can get in reading a book. The emotions of words can me conveyed very differently by each person who reads them. When someone is reading them to you and it is there story you having a better understanding of the meaning and emotions that are behind those words. Nothing is misconstrued.

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

The part that talked about his dad passing away. I just recently lost my grandfather so I was relating to that moment.

Any additional comments?

If you are, were, or have ever been a wrestling fan than this is a book for you to listen to. Even if you aren't a fan of the wrestling business this is a still a great personal story that will have you captivated. In all honesty the book was better than I expected it to be.

From a technical standpoint there were a few times throughout the audio book where sentences would repeat or it would stop mid sentence then pick up again. Nothing major but a minor glitch.

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Great audio book let down by mediocre production.

I can't fault the writing in any way. compelling story by a compelling man. And Roberts' reading sounds genuine and excited. However, some of the production of the reading is shoddy. Sometimes it stops mid sentence, only to repeat that sentence. This also happens with full sentences. There are also some weird pauses but these were not if particular annoyance.

Nonetheless, I think it's an incredible example of someone following their dreams, and then getting disillusioned. Almost tragic, but with a positive message nonetheless.

I will recommend, that if aforementioned audio problems seem unforgivable to you, that you get a written version of the book. I don't personally think the problems are deal breaking, though.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Greg Clark
  • 10-16-17

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 User
  • 09-30-17

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
  • 09-06-17

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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  • 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