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Summary

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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Diary of a shallow, self-obsessed bore in F1

I bought this book as it was recommended after I'd finished another F1 book on Audible. Well, that was worst recommendation from Audible, ever. This book is absolute rubbish and I will be returning it to get my credit back. It is one of the most fatuous, shallow and idiotic descriptions of any industry that I've ever encountered. The author prattles on endlessly about drunken parties, vandalism and cretinous practical jokes. He fails to describe some of the most interesting technical and strategic eras of F1 despite being perfectly positioned to provide a fascinating insight. Instead we hear one moronic anecdote after another, after which the author is punished, then briefly contrite, before re-commencing the next round of witless, destructive antics. His McLaren colleagues must have been enormously relieved when he left to take up a new "career", fittingly, in the shallow and self-obsessed realm of television and media. The fact he now markets himself as a motivational speaker is particularly grotesque - does he motivate people to get plastered and wreck hotel rooms, I wonder? These appear to be his only skills. Don't waste your time on this atrocious nonsense.

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

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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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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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awesome

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

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Very entertaining, well written and narrated.

really enjoyed the audio book. refreshing to hear the other side to F1 other than the glitz and glamour. thoroughly enjoyed.

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Heavy going gave up

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Absolutely cracking!

As a massive F1 fan for over 30 years this book was a great behind the scenes insight to the mythical world.

Very well written and well read by the author.

Always struggled concentrating and reading but audible is absolutely perfect for me whilst driving. Onto the next F1 book !

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Great insight into F1 from a different perspective

Never heard the story of F1 from the eyes of a mechanic. Great to learn about the garage side of F1. Makes easy listening with both funny and serious aspects of the paddock. I see Kimi R in a whole new light now !

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Fantastic!

A well read and written book! Every F1 fan should get this. Makes you feel as though you’re there in the paddock. Good job Elvis!

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  • Andrew Thompson
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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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  • Michael Rothwell
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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.