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The Mechanic

The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane
Narrated by: Marc 'Elvis' Priestley
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mechanic written and read by Marc 'Elvis' Priestley.

In the high-octane atmosphere of the Formula One pit lane, the spotlight is most often on the superstar drivers. And yet, without the technical knowledge, competitive determination and outright obsession from his garage of mechanics, no driver could possibly hope to claim a spot on the podium. These are the guys who make every world champion, and any mistakes can have critical consequences.

That's not to say the F1 crew is just a group of highly skilled technical engineers, tweaking machinery in wind tunnels and crunching data through high-spec computers. These boys can seriously let their hair down. Whether it be parties on luxury yachts in Monaco or elaborate photo opportunities in gravity-defying aeroplanes, this is a world which thrills on and off the track.

Join McLaren's former number one mechanic, Marc 'Elvis' Priestley, as he tours the world, revealing some of Formula One's most outrageous secrets and the fiercest rivalries, all fuelled by the determination to win.

This is Formula One as you've never seen it before.

©2017 Marc 'Elvis' Priestley (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Great insight.

Loved the content. For a first narration it was good but i found the constant inflections a bit hard to handle.
In all, a great book though

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Great insights to the world of F1

I’ve been closely following Marc’s moves on Twitter and on YouTube for the past year or so, but haven’t had the possibility to read his boon until now. What a great and thrilling ride Marc’s able to take us on with him. If you’re a F1 fan or even intersted in sports in general, this one’s a must read. Also the Unkown Kimi Räikkönen is a definite recommendation for all you fans and readers out there.

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It's wicked good!

I watch Elvis on YouTube. Very entertaining. The Audible book was wicked good! I liked it, yo!

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Incredible Insight into an Incredible Sport

This is the first motorsport audio book I've listened to but I feel I can say it is probably one of the best out there. As an F1 fan this was beyond the level of insight I expected to get from this experience and it felt like exactly that, an experience. Marc really tells the whole story and takes you along on his wonderful journey through F1 and you are left feeling like you were there with him. Top notch work.

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top notch writing

really great book. fascinating insight into world of f1. highly recommended for all fans of the sport.

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a must read for real Formula 1 fans.

REVERSE TO FIRST! REVERSE TO FIRST! (you'll understand when you read it. and probably die laughing). this guy worked for McLaren from about 2000 until Lewis won in 2008. enough said.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-18

Fact 1

A very honest picture of life in F1 during it's peak by someone inside the bubble.

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  • Howard
  • 02-01-18

If you like F1 this is for you

Congrats Elvis on a great read. A fantastic insight into my favourite team. Well worth a credit!

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  • Owen
  • 01-30-18

brilliant, recommended for any F1 fan

mark's insight into the world of F1 is incredible, well worth the listen. This is an improvement over the print book as you get to hear every word in Mark's voice! best credit spent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-18

awesome

A brilliant awesome insight . book of the year. nickname should be animal not elvis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-19

A must read for any f1 fan !

An amazing inside to a Mechanics life in the high flying world of f1 , I listened to this book while on holiday and couldn't get enough!! Just a shame it had to end .

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  • Nick Hopper
  • 06-18-19

Almost interesting - at times actually interesting.

This is a guarded and somewhat PG version of the book I think should have been written. It’s obvious that Mark is careful not to ‘tell-all’ with the stories and the result is the detail you are not interested in is often too much and the detail you are interested in is quickly skirted over. The only real interesting part is the Hamilton vs Alonso chapters.

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  • Ronnie B
  • 06-03-19

Great book for any F1 fan.

Loved the stories and insight into F1 made more authentic by Marc "Elvis" narrating his own book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

Great Listening

easy to listen too,eye opening to the goings on in the pit lane, Girt Lush, highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-19

SPIDEY SAY'S HI

LOVED IT!!! ELVIS Good read. Brought back some memories good and bad I'm glad a f1 mechanic wrote a book about the life in the sport ups and downs

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  • colin
  • 12-13-18

what a brilliant book

if I was going to be stuck on a desert island I would take this book with me what a delight to listen to I played it from start to finish in one go and loved every bit of it

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  • Thomas
  • 08-16-19

A human insight into the wild world of F1

After following Marc on YouTube for some time, his book peaked my interest and didn't disappoint throughout.

Recommending to not only F1 fans, but any professional dedicated to their craft.

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  • Norbert
  • 03-09-19

Well done Elvis

Great insight into the world of Formula One. From the practical jokes to the serious aspect of F1.

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  • Looshbaby
  • 09-07-18

A fantastic insight.

Very enjoyable and not typical of a racing book, giving insight more into the behind the scenes with some truly honest and shocking revelations. Good job Elvis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-18

World Class

What a recount of such an amazing time in the sport. All of the juicy parts of F1 that we all wish we could be a fly on the wall for are in this book. Well worth it

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  • russell findlay
  • 05-15-18

Incredible book

Great read
Especially that Elvis reads it himself you can really feel the emotion in him and store too are the incredible five stars all the way

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  • Ross
  • 03-16-18

Insider knowledge

The less serious, action packed, inside view of some of the great recent stories and personalities of F1. Any fan will love this.