The Haters by Jesse Andrews | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To The Haters by Jesse Andrews?

The Haters by Jesse Andrews is an audiobook that immediately appealed to me because A) I loved Andrews’s debut, Me And Earl And The The Dying Girl B) the narrator is one I quite enjoy and C) I LOVE BOOKS ABOUT BANDS. When a copy of The Haters showed up for review on Volumes, the Listening Library app, I knew I had to immediately download it and begin listening to it. Also, I wanted to listen to it in preparation for a contest that I’m hosting on Monday April 4th (be sure to come back because you won’t want to miss it!).

What’s The Story Here?

The Haters is about this kid named Wes who goes to jazz camp with his best friend Corey. Both are super excited about camp, but it turns out to actually kind of suck. You see, pretty much all the kids who go talk in this obnoxious Jazz Voice and are quite full of themselves. Wes and Corey are not about that life. Also, they are not even close to being the best kids in camp and are put in a group that sucks. However, they gel with this one girl in their group, Ash, and decide to skip camp and hit the road as a band which is yet to be named. They head South as a band and thus begins the summer of hate tour and all kinds of adventures and such.

How Did I Like The Characterization and Writing in The Haters?

So, if you go into The Haters expecting it to be as hilarious as Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, you might be disappointed. If you go in expecting well written DGAF about anything characters, you’ll love The Haters. I thought Wes came off well as the dynamic main character who hates confrontation until he’s pushed too far. I loved how much of a dick Corey was. I loved how messed up Ash was with her not so wonderful family relationships. I thought the plotting was on point and made the pacing of this audiobook perfect. I never felt like I was stuck during a boring part that just would not end while listening to the audiobook. Also, back to the characterization, Wes is awesome and awkward and I think you’ll love his character when you read this book.

How’s The Narration?

The Haters is narrated by Michael Crouch. If you listened to Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda, you’ll recognize Crouch because he narrated that book too. Crouch does the put upon character who is the voice of reason SO SO well. I thought that he was the perfect choice to narrate The Haters. His voice is perfect for young adult books. His female voices aren’t creepy or weird. Crouch has the kind of voice that I don’t tune out or want to just be done narrating. I think if anything, you should listen to The Haters as opposed to read a physical copy because it’s narrated so well. Also, the audiobook production values were on fleek.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

The Haters

This GIF makes me think of Wes and Corey and Ash leaving camp behind hahaha.

Other reviews of The Haters by Jesse Andrews:

It’s Either Sadness Or Euphoria“wacky, funny as hell

Candace’s Book Blog – “I do know this book is brilliant. I just happened to not like some of it.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I liked Michael Crouch’s narration in SIMON and also liked Me & Earl so I’ll add this one to my audio wish list! I haven’t heard too much about this one before so thanks for spreading the word.
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