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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Perrotta Narrator: Jack Hawkins Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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In The Wishbones, Tom Perrotta's characters are 90s adults still clinging to their 70s dreams. Thirty-one-year-old Dave Raymond has an adoring girlfriend and a steady gig as guitarist for The Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band. He still lives with his parents, but that's a small price to pay for the freedom to play the music he loves.

Dave's world changes the day three little words fly from his mouth: Let's get married. His marital ambivalence takes a perilous turn when he embarks on an affair with Gretchen, a New York City poet. Dave is torn between Gretchen and his fiance, Julie, and the two sides of his personality they represent.

The Wishbones is laugh-out-loud confessional about people who might be too old to rock 'n' roll but just can't imagine stopping; a story filled with the revelations and fears of a man finally bidding farewell to his boyhood. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Turley | 2/18/2014

    " A low slung New Jersey 'burb is the setting for Perrotta's early novel about an earnest wedding band called The Wishbones on the verge of falling apart. No one does working class New Jersey better than Perotta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Kulesa | 2/4/2014

    " Just re-read this book. Classic Tom Perrotta. Believable, salt-of-the-Earth Jersey characters, and perfectly honed details to make the world of the novel come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Snyder | 1/23/2014

    " Pretty good book, about a guy doubting his decision to marry his girlfriend of fifteen years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely the second funniest of Perrotta's novels, next to Election. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 1/10/2014

    " A wedding band guitarist and the months before his wedding. Has some rough language "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/26/2013

    " Tom Perrotta does not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/25/2013

    " Decent first book by Perrotta, although a bit short and both over-literary (in how everything wraps up so neatly just the way it should/people Learning Their Lessons about what makes their grass green enough) and kind of mundanely too like real life (in the issues they have and their resolution being quieter/less dramatic). Is that possible? There you go. Also, the reader (audiobook) didn't suck, but he didn't light the place on fire, either. Perrotta deserves a terrific reader. So, in general, it's all right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seddon | 12/25/2013

    " The book is fun and an interesting incite into boys behaving badly. But in the end it seemed a bit trite. Still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence | 11/13/2013

    " Enjoyable but fairly inconsequential novel - not nearly as good as either "Election" or "Little Children". Dave, the main character, just wasn't that likeable or interesting, and I had no idea why some hipster girl would be so desperate to sleep with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 11/10/2013

    " An OK book. Not as good as "Little Childlren." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Vana | 9/9/2013

    " This book hit home - with the reminders from Bridges of Madison County to some of the comments about Julie's mother. It made me think and realize I need to do something with my life before it's too late. Enjoyed this book immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 6/12/2013

    " A relatively innocent story of sex and rock and roll and not too many drugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherylin | 2/13/2013

    " This book was a lot of fun, with a story that was complex and layered enough to really keep you going, and sometimes heartbreakingly believable characters. Now I really want to attend my friends' weddings and party! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cait | 10/21/2012

    " Not bad, not good, just kind of... eh. 2.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/30/2012

    " Not bad for a beach book, but ultimately disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sara | 6/23/2012

    " I am a bookslut for more than a few authors, but I only dream of running away with three: Paul Auster, John Irving and Tom Perrotta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 3/21/2012

    " Fun, light. 30 something guy in wedding band in NJ--time to grow up? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 8/23/2011

    " This was good. Classic Perrotta. Totally servicable fiction. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Preston | 4/20/2011

    " Given to me by a good friend. The plot: a guy who's too old to be living with his parents accidentally proposes to his long-time girlfriend and faces a crisis. He also happens to play guitar in a wedding band. Tom Perotta's writing is great as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Stout | 4/5/2011

    " This book is nothing genius, but I just get the biggest kick out of Tom Perrota's writing. He rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 3/25/2011

    " Very different from Perrotta's other novels, but still humorous and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Lockward | 1/28/2011

    " Funny! Perrotta is a good story teller. Lots of surprises, including the integrity of the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dom | 1/19/2011

    " I enjoy Perrotta's style of writing, but never fully bought into the story. The lead character, Dave, is a bit TOO pathetic for a 30-something man. Bits of the book reminded me of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity," but more for the rock-trivia aspect than any plot/style angles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katen | 11/28/2010

    " Loved it again. How many of us just can't get over how life turns out? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/24/2010

    " A terrific book. I'd liken it to Nick Hornby's work about a single guy. It made me laugh, which I love in a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 8/31/2010

    " Funny! Perrotta is a good story teller. Lots of surprises, including the integrity of the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 7/1/2010

    " I liked it. Love Tom perrotta. Probably would've liked it even more if I knew anything about music. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 6/20/2010

    " It was enjoyable, but not anything to write home about. I was funny to read about places in NJ as Tom Perrotta grew up and went to the high school where I currently teach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/6/2010

    " Not bad for a beach book, but ultimately disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dom | 4/10/2010

    " I enjoy Perrotta's style of writing, but never fully bought into the story. The lead character, Dave, is a bit TOO pathetic for a 30-something man. Bits of the book reminded me of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity," but more for the rock-trivia aspect than any plot/style angles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/22/2010

    " I wanted a fun read this week, and The Wishbones was a fantastic way to spend the past three nights. An easy read about a wedding band guitarist looking to make sense of love and life. I heard about it from a list a good music novels. Lots of smiles and laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/22/2010

    " This book hit home - with the reminders from Bridges of Madison County to some of the comments about Julie's mother. It made me think and realize I need to do something with my life before it's too late. Enjoyed this book immensely. "

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About the Author
Author Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the author of several previous work of fiction, including Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and the New York Times bestsellers Joe College and Little Children. Election was made into the acclaimed 1999 movie directed by Alexander. When Little Children was released as a movie in 2006, Perrotta received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best screenplay. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.