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An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre) | [J. B. Priestley]

An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)

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.
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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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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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  • ESK
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    27/07/12
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    "Make a confession to a Ghost?"

    It's an unusual play. Film noirish, if I can put it like that. As the story unravelled I got emotionally involved, and I waited with bated breath for the ending.
    The story gave me the creeps.
    Don't get confused with negative reviews. Either read the play first or, if you buy the audio, listen till the end. 'An inspector calls' is an emotional roller coaster which starts on a rather low key but gets mysterious and macabre by the end.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    BUCKETTY, Australia
    01/12/12
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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
  • Cheryl Waters
    16/05/11
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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
  • Maria
    Parkwood, Australia
    28/03/11
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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
  • Val
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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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