Catherine Cookson has been my favourite author since the 1960's and I've read all her books enjoying them all. Her stories are filled with strong women fighting against their role in the society of the age they lived.
Most of the stories, set in and around Tyneside, dealt with poverty, family, class, illegitimacy, in the different era's they were set, but through them all ran a deep bond of love. This love, be it between a man and woman or mother and child overcame whatever life threw at them.
I really enjoyed this book and finished it in a couple of days. It gave more of a personal insight into Catherine Cookson herself and not Catherine Cookson the writer. She was dogged with so much bad health during her life that many a person would have crumbled beneath it but not her. With her deep love of her husband and his for her they faced each day together and no matter what life threw at them their strong love brought them through.
I gave the narration four stars only because I would have liked the narrator to have had a geordie accent. Nevertheless the narrator did a good job. I definitely recommend this book to all Catherine Cookson Fans. I would like audible to have more of her books in their library for I'm sure they would be enjoyed by another generation!
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Lovely to hear about Catherine's life story. Such a wonderful woman.
Enjoyed it very much
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This book has all of human life. It takes you to a place of hope, trust and belief in one self.
Not knowing that much about the author Catherine Cookson it was very informative and heart warming to listen to her life story. I really enjoyed listening to this audio book and would highly recommend it. The Narrator was also excellent and it felt like I was actually listening to Catherine Cookson herself. 5 stars xxxxxxx
What did you like most about Before I Go?
Although her life story is harrowing I found this to be a gentle insight into another part of Catherine Cooksons own life
What other book might you compare Before I Go to, and why?
Because it is autobiographical I would not compare it to other books Being a Cookson fan I found it interesting
What does Christine Rendel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
A good narrator who reads without trying to imitate the author