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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 (103 ratings)
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Summary

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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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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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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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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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if you want to hear a man whine on....

constantly complaining and telling you how amazing he is. also incredibly dull stories about saving money. no wonder he was bullied so much. also someone edit the cut properly!

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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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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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great

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

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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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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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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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  • Jersey
  • 23-06-17

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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  • 06-08-17

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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  • H. Utomakili
  • 17-03-18

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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  • Joe
  • 11-02-19

Good stuff

I had trouble putting it down. This is such a great b2hind the scenes view

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

Justin Kills it!

Justin tells his life story in chronological order!! Its great content!

I've enjoyed every part of this book! Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-18

Great story from behind the scenes of wrestling.

Great story about Justin's journey to WWE and behind the scenes info, cool stories that involved all the wrestlers i grew up following.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-18

Eye-Opening

A great story for anyone who is interested in learning what happens backstage during WWE shows.

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  • Jerry Legend
  • 03-09-18

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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  • Cory Adams
  • 07-08-18

Decent

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