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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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An amazing look at formula one

Well written and well read, this is a simple tale of a formula one mechanic. This is no power brokers tale of intrigue or driver biography. It is about what it feels like to be part of formula one as one of many. And it is a wonderful read. Do give it a chance if you enjoy racing.

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excellent insight into F1 world

loved it. Elvis's insight into my favourite era of F1 is astonishing. one of the better F1 books around.

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  • Justin
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • CarlosS
  • 19-05-20

A must for any F1 fan.

I've only been a massive F1 fan since 2017 so it was fun hearing the old stories that I've missed. Also lots of great stories of Kimi

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  • Sonja
  • 07-05-20

Fantastic insight to everything behind the scenes

loved hearing the stories and details from you experiences in formula one. it just kept going and I didn't want the stories to stop! I never realized so much happened in the background that the media doesn't see. thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-20

Unique insight to life within the F1 circus

The author himself reads his very unique first hand account of life in Formula one. The good times the work hard play hard attitude fuled by millions and millions of tobacco sponsored money.

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  • avaca
  • 10-04-20

Ok

Great,sounds pretty good but I have not finished it yet and has some great parts.

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  • EJH
  • 01-02-18

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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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  • Eamonn D.
  • 20-04-20

Excellent

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

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  • Country Stomach
  • 21-10-19

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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  • Howard
  • 01-02-18

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
  • 30-01-18

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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  • martyn wildgust
  • 30-01-18

awesome

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

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  • James Tiller
  • 06-05-21

Excellent book!

Very interesting stories from the F1 pitlane. told brilliantly by the man himself.

James EverythingF1

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  • Richard Ivins
  • 14-04-21

What a fantastic insight

What a great story about F1 well written narrated even though I binged listened
Great work 👍👍👍

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  • Brendie
  • 23-02-21

Great listen!

So interesting to get a behind the scenes look at F1 from the perspective of a team member. Great to hear the author read it so well too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-21

brilliant

loved it , lots of storys about Kimi! would listen to it over again

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  • Vik
  • 21-12-19

Great story

Elvis presents a great story and some of the secrets of life as a mechanic which is a completely different perspective from the regular books that we get to listen.
A great listen to any F1 fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-21

Great insight into a wild lifestyle

Thoroughly enjoyable and made more entertaining by the fact Elvis narrated it himself, would definitely recommend to all motorsport fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-20

F1 rocks

Great insight in the world of formula 1. Interesting to hear what went on behind the garage of an f1 estabished team.

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  • Samuel
  • 23-05-20

awesome thanks

the book is z great insight into the competitive world of f1. It is a must read for any motorsport fan.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-20

awesome book

great insight to know all the behind the scene stuff of a f1 garage and more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-20

Further details

Great in that it really goes into detail behind the scenes! Excellent book “Elvis”! Really McLarenesque

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-20

loved it

thanks for the great listen Marc! your insight is like none other. You are the reason I watch F1 and find it so interesting, so thank you

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  • Thomas
  • 16-08-19

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
  • 09-03-19

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
  • 07-09-18

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.