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

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Expected more.

This book was alright. I think it was a wise decision to have the author read it, for this type of book.

It just wasn't very interesting. If you had followed the 2007 and 2008 F1 seasons then a lot of the racing stuff, e.g. spygate, the Fernando and Lewis rift etc is already well documented and known about.

There were some funny moments especially surrounding a pair of hair clippers, but a lot of it comes off as silly boys pranks. Destroying hotel rooms and hire cars isn't funny. It's rude and disrespectful. The book lost me immediately with those tales, but I persevered anyway just to finish it.

An average book that I'm happy I finished but wouldn't recommend anyone to go out of there way for to read or listen to it.

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Excellent

Loved hearing of the antics the teams used to get up to. would recommend to any F1 fan

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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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Entertaining

Read at a good pace and if you have interest in formula 1 this is great for you. Especially regarding Lewis and Fernando in 2007

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Fascinating and funny.

A wonderful insight into pit lane antics, practices and politics. A must read for F1 fans.

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Funny, honest, shocking at times but you feel you get a true insight into the last generation of Formula One mechanics.

The Mechanic

The story delivered here is given effortlessly in an easy flowing and really well paced manner. Although working for McLaren at the time I believe it to be an unbiased and fair point of view.

For anyone that is interested in F1 this is a must read and an insight into the life of an F1 mechanic in the factory and on the road.

It’s the ultimate, inside fly on the wall narrative from somebody who was actually there, did it and literally got the T-shirt.

Although you won’t get any trade secrets out of Marc regarding McLaren you’ll be entertained with the stories, the highs and the lows, the professionalism and sometimes unprofessionalism of not only the pit crew but drivers as well. There’s also a little espionage going on for good measure.

Marc recalls what can only be described as shenanigans in some hilarious detail about a bunch of people who absolutely loved what they achieved and what they got up to, that not many people know about.

There are quite a few revealing and surprising anecdotes and you won’t want to put it down.

They say what goes on tour stays on tour. Well not in this book it doesn’t!

Enjoy!!

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well done, worth a listen

As an apprentice trained mechanic and massive F1 and McLaren fan who could not like it. A good insight into the world beyond the pit wall.

Well read, great content enjoyed it all the way.

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  • 25-01-19

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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  • Gregory Lapp
  • 16-09-20

Great Book

Loved the insider views of Formula 1 and it gives a completely different perspective of my perception of the sport!

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  • Petteri Eronen
  • 26-12-18

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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  • TG
  • 22-07-22

it is always better when the author reads it

Elvis does an excellent job narrating - you can pick up the nuances of his struggles, passion, achievements in his voice.

The story is really good too! I very much enjoyed his insights on McLaren, and I learned a few things about Kimi Raikkonen.

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  • R gam
  • 20-07-22

Great behind the scenes look!

This was a great look into the inner workings of F1 at a time when todays legends were just beginning. I couldn’t turn it off!

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  • Ron S.
  • 18-04-22

Fascinating

Really enjoyed the performance and the behind the scenes look at the “secretive” world of F1. I’m new to the sport and this was a very insightful look, and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the sport.

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  • Gregory R Sellick
  • 08-11-21

Must Read for New F1 Fans

Great story, with great inside perspective, especially for the newcomer F1 fan. Must Read for all!

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  • Jaaz
  • 17-07-20

F1 through a different lens.

Formula 1 is seen as sport of the Gods, where mere mortals are allowed just to peak as the best drivers in the world, race their state of the art carbon fibre chariots around the best arenas all around the planet. What Marc Priestly does through this book is bring the sport closer to the public, humanizing it, pulling the curtains away so the flaws are obvious, but also puts a well-deserved spotlight on the so many unsung heroes that help each year just one driver and one team alone claim the title of Formula 1 champions. Though a fan of the sport for more than a quarter of a century and familiar with most sporting events presented in this book, the angle chosen by the author from which he told his story was refreshing, entertaining and, above all, deeply honest. In a competition described as glamourous, fancy and fast, "Elvis" managed to make it more approachable, more attainable. P.S. I highly recommend it to young people dealing with doubts regarding their STEM dream job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-20

Great Formula 1 Book

I loved it. Marc Priestley did a great job writing and narrating the book.

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  • Amanda Leal Crane
  • 24-05-20

Behind the scenes

Truly great look behind the pitwall. A look into driver mechanic relationships, inter team squabbles, and day-to-day life of a F1 Mechanic. Thankfully this book contains brilliant stories and insight without the tabloid esc fodder or attempt to burn former colleagues. I found Marc on youtube prior to finding this book. I have passed this book along to my fellow F1 buddies.