Sometimes the best man isn’t even in the wedding party.
Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He’s also a professional one: He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there’s a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else’s wedding.
Everything changes on New Year’s Eve when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seals the deal - until an Aussie with an attitude swoops in and whisks her away before Gavin gets her number.
Gavin crisscrosses New York City to find her again and learns that there’s something worse than losing the woman of his dreams: having to write an article about her wedding.
Devan Sipher has been writing about weddings for the New York Times’ Vows column for more than five years. He received a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City and is still single.
©2012 Devan Sipher (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The Wedding Beat is a romantic, hilarious, and inspiring story.” (Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, New York Times best-selling authors of The Nanny Diaries)
“Devan Sipher uses his journalist’s sharp eye for detail to take a delightful and fresh look at the romantic comedy genre.” (Jillian Lauren, New York Times best-selling author)
“Filled with sharp observations, hilarious truths, and poignant moments. Reading The Wedding Beat is like sitting next to the wittiest guest at a wedding - a rare find!” (Beth Harbison, New York Times best-selling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous)
I tried 3 different times to listen to this book. I even went to the beginning and see if I missed something but an hour into the book I just couldn't continue. I don't know if it was the slow pace, the main character seemed wimpy to me or the narrator but I just couldn't finish the book.
I have lived in the South since college. I listen to a couple of hundred audiobooks a year, mostly romance and suspense. I have have taken many writing courses over the past half-dozen years and am attempting to write a novel myself. I suspect that learning a lot about the craft of writing and trying to perfect my own writing has made me more conscious of poor writing technique and has made me a tough reviewer.
I couldn't finish this book. I became tired early on of this nebbish kvetching---which he does continually throughout the book. My reaction to the protagonist's annoying internal thoughts (which was what most of the book was) was like nails on a chalk board. I wanted to tell him to just shut up and get on with it. Also I didn't find the humor all that funny and the romance wasn't very romantic. It was actually rather sad. About half-way through I gave up and quit. I gather most people liked this book which I don't understand. Maybe if you listen to the sample you can tell whether you find the protagonist off-putting.
Perhaps my mistake was to believe this was a romance novel, but without a doubt the writer is extremely talented.
I don’t believe I’ve ever read a romance novel with this type of almost flawless writing detail and use of such extensive vocabulary. At times I wasn’t sure if I should feel challenged or insulted. If someone reading this review aspires to enhance their vocabulary, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. It’s a light read and yet still manages to provide plenty in the way of descriptive narrative.
The romance portion of this novel is sorely lacking. The book is more about a lonely (rather sad and desperate) guy than it is about his pursuit of a woman. The protagonist’s “love of his life” is actually missing from a large portion of the book; at times almost forgotten. As other reviewers have stated, the book is almost depressing.
Although it’s refreshing to hear a man’s perspective and to hear it from a regular guy just looking for someone to love and love him back, most readers of romance aren’t looking for something THAT real. I personally don’t want to read (repeatedly) about a guy with a small neck that has some serious insecurity issues (he frequently second-guesses himself because he realizes he’s being too wimpy or sounding weak). Sure, there are plenty of men out there that are lacking in presentation and do not present themselves with a strong sense of stereotypical masculinity, and although that’s okay in the real world, it’s not what we desire in our romance novels. I don’t believe anyone has ever said wimpy was sexy or romantic.
I can agree with the critics that say the book is sharp, fresh, delightful (at times), and without a doubt poignant, but I cannot say it was hilarious (although facetious), and I definitely cannot say it was romantic and inspiring.
The author writes very well. The story is dreary. This novel should not be considered romance genre.
I hovered back and forth on the overall rating between 3 and 4 stars. While the story was good, I felt almost depressed at the bad luck of the main character, Gavin. He could not catch a break and it got a little wearisome. That could have been made up for in a spectacular "guy gets the girl" ending, but even the confrontation at the end was a little pathetic. A good resolution came in the final third of the "Epilogue." That wasn't enough happiness to counteract the problems faced, the off-timing, the bloodshed, etc. Plus I wanted to know more about how they got to where they were in the "Epilogue." I felt after all I had invested into the story, I was missing some information that I deserved to know. I did like best friend Hope and her story with AJ. That added a nice/funny twist in the story. The couples Gavin interviewed were interesting. Gavin's grandmother was very sweet. The narrator did a fine job. A good listen, especially if you are drawn to rooting for the underdog. So while three stars may seem harsh for a good book, I just couldn't bring myself to rate it four stars due to my wanting to slap some sense into Gavin and yell something to him about seizing his destiny. We don't do that to fictional characters.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
The Wedding Beat was well written, although, somewhat painful to read...Kind of like a trip to the dentist. The agony...I would have preferred a bandaide being ripped off! At lease the pain would have been short-lived. This poor guy struggled more than he should have. Life is just not that complicated.
I have not listened to Peter Berkrot prior to this. He has a nice voice and I liked his performance.
This was an experience that I would not recommend, and would not revisit.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
This is a very new york story ... light and familiar. loses a bit of steam in the home stretch, though. the narration was the best part ... he is excellent. overall i would recommend.
Fun to listen to.
Exactly what you would expect.
The voices were done well enough to distinguish.
Sure-not for a full credit though. Got it on a fabulous sale.
Fun, chick-lit. Good, fun read not too 'deep'.
author of books for teens and children
This is chick lit with a male protagonist. It's a lot of fun, with a likeable hero and great humor. The author reminds me of Nick Hornby, which is a very good thing in my opinion.
A mediocre story with even worse narration, this book goes on and on about about very little until finally sputtering to an end 7 painful hours later.
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