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An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre) Radio/TV Program

An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 production of Priestley’s classic thriller, starring Toby Jones and Frances Barber. The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses.

Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl.

As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised...Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010.

The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

©2010 J.B. Priestley (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Sandy 12-01-12
    Sandy 12-01-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Exploring the nature of Time"

    Priestly was interested in the nature of time and wrote on this topic as well as social justice.

    It was good to hear this Classic Radio Theatre production. Well done.

    I suppose like Huxley, the writing expresses ideas and asks readers to think.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Waters 05-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not So Much Mystery"

    This dramatization of Priestley's play is not so much mystery as examination of society. There is a denouement, perhaps anticipated, but still analytical.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria NSW, Australia 03-28-11
    Maria NSW, Australia 03-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A smug Inspector Galls"

    All but the Inspector in this recording, are wonderful to listen to. The recording is at times, let down by the incessantly smug monotone voice of the actor playing the Inspector. The Inspector should be a mystery man who with his charm and magnetism, manages to coerce information out of the otherwise reticent family. Not a judgemental one-dimensional bore. That being said, the other characters are played beautifully and it is all in all, an enjoyable romp.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Val 11-21-11
    Val 11-21-11
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    "Very disappointing."

    If you want a ripping good detective story, this is not it. If, on the other hand, you enjoy an author beating you over the head with a moralistic two-by-four at the expense of an actual plot, you'll really enjoy this one.

    I listened to half of it then gave up in disgust. The story seems to be merely a vehicle for the author's pontificating on the Evils Of Class in British society. Even a very good cast of performers was not enough to save it.

    Needless to say, I will not be picking up anything by this author again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
    Clitheroe, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "GCSE text"

    Bought for my son who studied this as a GCSE text, I listened to this myself and enjoyed the dramatic interpretation. My mother also enjoyed it so I would suggest it is a classic which appeals to a range of listeners.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • EvaGM
    2/29/16
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    "Striking play. Convincing dramatisation."
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    I didn't know about this play until I got the reccomendation from Audible. A very enjoyable surprise, original and insightful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kerry
    5/21/15
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    "Amazing!"

    I really enjoyed this, I would recommend it to everyone and anyone! I loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Brown
    4/1/15
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    "A great reflection upon human ignorance "

    I read this book at school. fantastic insight into some people's lives, attitudes, stifling class structure in society and our inability to invest time, empathy and love for our fellow human beings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Viney
    Somerset
    2/18/15
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    "A lesson for us all"
    Would you listen to An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre) again? Why?

    Probably not. The story is unforgettable and hardly needs a rerun.


    What other book might you compare An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre) to, and why?

    It's a pretty unique formula.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The key players all sounded as you might expect them to be given who we are told they are except for the Inspector.
    The Inspector is the only unconvincing character in this production.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes.
    It reaches you and makes you think.
    In my case even more so after I had time to reflect on the real message.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read, watch experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    1/12/15
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    "An atmospheric personal favourite"

    I love this spooky tale of a smug middle class family receiving some shocking news from a mysterious Police Inspector. I particularly like the way it harks back to a time when people were beginning to question themselves morally and there was the drive and energy to build a better future for everybody. Like this play, this is sadly all a thing of the past.

    This has a terrific cast, including Frances Barbour playing the haughty and arrogant matriarch who really does have the wind blown up her skirts. If you enjoy this presentation I recommend you go on to see the film starring the late great Alastair Sim. To me, he really was the definitive Inspector.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/8/14
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    "Or does he call"
    Would you listen to An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre) again? Why?

    My son had gcse and we had play written play on radio preformed and film.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)?

    The voices sometimes people can give things away by what they say so blanking an visuals helps take the constant in for exams


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    These compare better than audio stories read by one person are real actors bring it all to life's


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it makes you laugh and cry because everyone can be mean or generous in life and be taken for fools . Good learning that words can be stronger than action as they cause actions effected others total lies


    Any additional comments?

    Very good story on what you say what you do can lead to devastation from what your option is how you lead others in the way you complain and sometimes being too good too. I can see why this is a favourite for schools in gcse English lit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C A Ketteridge
    Ivinghoe Aston, Beds United Kingdom
    11/8/16
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    "BEWARE Only Chapters 1 & 2"
    What did you like best about An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)? What did you like least?

    Well its great but why only 2 Chapters? What's the point of that - It's a bit mis-leading nicest pas?


    Any additional comments?

    Just stunned its was only 2 chapters :-(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sasso
    8/27/16
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    "Thought provoking"

    Listened to this to support my daughter with her GCSE.
    Found it very interesting. I had a few theories throughout about how it would end.
    Have been able to have few discussions already with my daughter and have ordered revision guides so I can explore themes further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/3/16
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    "Absolutely fantastic"

    I have loved this play since my early teens & especially enjoyed this particular cast dramatisation, having listened to it repeatedly.
    As a story, I love the twists, turns & inticracies within; it's ability to keep the listener emotionally involved & on the edge of their seats throughout, wondering what will be revealed next, what truths uncovered
    From a performance perspective, all of the actors have been cast perfectly in their respective roles & I would not change anything; they truly bring the characters to life doing a superb job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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