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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 (20 ratings)

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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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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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Great journey!

Justin gives you an amazing story of someone who made their dream job happen! Inspiring!

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  • DJ
  • 29-09-2017

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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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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Great book 10/10

Would recommend to any wrestling fan. A great book to listen to done by Justin

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  • Jersey
  • 23-06-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2017

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
  • 17-03-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-2019

Good Story but bad audio production

Great WWE insider information from a true lifelong wrestling fan by Justin. I believe every word spoken, those guys at the seem like real jerks and I could tell they chased true talent away. Either way great story, but due to audio repeat, skipping; and at times it appears as if Justin is drinking liquid while reading text.

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  • RJ E.
  • 22-05-2019

Amazing

Absolutely incredible book and performance. SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS J RO!!!! AEW!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2019

LISTEN TO THIS BOOK

This was a fantastic listen and super inspirational to any fan who has ever had a dream to work for the biggest promotion in wrestling history. If you want to know exactly what that company is like, and the ins and outs of it, this is the book and story that portrays it perfectly. Completely exceeded expectations I had. Justin, I respect you immensely and have always loved your work. Best of luck in AEW. Knocked it Out of the park, fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-2019

Truly inspirational

Justin Roberts has always been one of my favorite ring announcers in WWE. I waited a year after the book was released to actually read it. At first, I was rather skeptical of whether or not I would actually enjoy and read the book beginning to end. I’m happy to announce that it’s definitely worth the read. From being a Kid from Chicago who was obsessed with wrestling to working for biggest wrestling company in the world. Justin gives you a sneak peak into the wacky world of professional wrestling / sports entertainment. He does a great job of being honest, truthful, and inspirational without the need to burry wrestlers or bad mouth the company. I honestly could not put the book down! Honestly, I recommend listening to the book through audible. Listening to Justin tell his story and journey truly added to the experience! One of the best books I’ve read in recent memory.

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  • Donald T Joyner
  • 31-03-2019

Great wrestling book!!!!

There are many wrestling books that provide insight into pre-2000 wrestling events, but this is book provides a tremendous account of the contemporary wrestling landscape from the point of view of a person who deeply loves the industry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-2019

such an amazing book.

I couldn't believe how good this book is. justin should be very proud of his work. I know he says he didn't want the praise but what he did for connor just shows what kind of person he is and there need to be more like him in this world. I could recommend it enough.

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  • Eduardo B.
  • 04-03-2019

One word: Insightful

This book gives a lot of detail as to what he experienced, how people around him were, and what kind of treatment he had been given by those people. (One example of this was how he talked about Chris Benoit, he made Chris Benoit sound like bipolar nutcase) His narrating does get a bit boring at times, it took me a while to finish this book for that reason, but it’s still really interesting because some of the stories he shares really are unbelievable and shocking. Overall, if you’re a diehard wrestling fan and understand the business I would definitely recommend, if you don’t really watch wrestling or know too much about this probably wouldn’t be the book for you.

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  • Alexander Buka
  • 16-08-2018

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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  • Pete M
  • 09-07-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-2019

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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  • Graeme
  • 02-01-2019

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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  • Mr. R. Butler
  • 12-11-2018

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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  • Sean O'Connor
  • 13-09-2018

great

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

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  • CEason84
  • 15-05-2018

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
  • 12-02-2018

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
  • 17-01-2018

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