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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

Widely regarded as one of J.B. Priestley's most successful works, An Inspector Calls combines drama and intrigue with an unforgiving verdict for society of the time. Sharp and unapologetic, it never fails to excite.

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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    Susan 24/12/2012
    Susan 24/12/2012
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy 12/01/2015
    Kaggy 12/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Incachief 19/03/2017
    Incachief 19/03/2017
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    "Useful for GCSEs"

    I found it useful to listen to this a few times before my exam. I am yet to know if it has been effective revision. Wish me luck!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    EvaGM 29/02/2016
    EvaGM 29/02/2016
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    "Striking play. Convincing dramatisation."
    Any additional comments?

    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
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    kerry 21/05/2015
    kerry 21/05/2015
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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
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    Helen Brown 01/04/2015
    Helen Brown 01/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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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
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    Miss Rebecca Byrom 14/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A Chilling Tale..."

    I saw 'An Inspector Calls' in London earlier this year for the first time and absolutely loved it so as you can imagine, I was very excited to find a dramatised version on Audible.

    All the performances were fantastic and the unravelling of events kept me on the edge of my seat. Compared to the sixteen hour plus pools on here, this was relatively short and was perfect to listen to in the car. I will definitely be listening to this again soon!

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    mamacass 25/08/2017
    mamacass 25/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    A gripping and intricately woven plot. Keeps you wondering throughout and then hits you with a clever twist.

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    Lizzie 21/08/2017
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    "A brilliant, gripping and intriguing classic"

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    On the plane ride home I thought it would be a good idea to have an audiobook, I have never used one before but decided to try it as it was a night flight and I wouldn't be able to read my physical current read.
    I haven't read this for around 15 years, since I was doing my G C.S.E's in school. At the time I saw the play too and thought both formats were fantastic, they kept me gripped and intrigued right through.
    This classic is about a family who are just celebrating an engagement when an inspector calls and wants to ask them all questions about a suicide that took place earlier on in the evening to a young girl, to try and determine what drove her to take her life. There are twists throughout this book as everyone seems to have been involved with the girl at some point.
    This book really keeps you guessing throughout and is so intriguing.
    I loved this format too, all the actors played the characters well and seemed to be the perfect fit for me.

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    Steven Tolley Midlands, UK 07/06/2017
    Steven Tolley Midlands, UK 07/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining and well produced audio production"

    A quick way to catch up with your child at GCSE time. An enjoyable presentation with a couple of good twists.

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  • Maria
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anniebligh
    BUCKETTY, Australia
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Val
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    21/11/11
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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.

    2 of 4 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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