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Crackpot is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find that she can fly... and swim...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks and she is taking the Potts with her! Jump into the world s most loved magical car, for her first adventure ever!

© Ian Fleming Publications Ltd 1964, 1965, (P) Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, 2013. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a registered trademark of Danjaq LLC and United Artists Corporation, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.

©1964 Ian Fleming (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

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Not even close to the musical movie

Well I have discovered that my favorite movie from childhood is only Very Loosely based on Ian Fleming's book of the same name.

The only thing familiar from the movie I love so much was the car and the kids' names, everything else is different, no grandpa, no Truly, no child catcher or Baron. It was very odd to have it be familiar yet not at the same time.

I’m still trying to get over how different this was than what I was expecting; it is more similar to the Bond stories than the musical movie is. There are crooks and their hideout and trying to get away. This was a fun book but just know it is nothing like the movie of your childhood.

David Tennant's narration was fabulous though, great accents and voices and characters! Tennant’s narration made this book even better.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Rollicking Good Fun!

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When I heard the audio sample of this book with David Tenant's voice, I knew he would do a perfect narration of a lovely story and I was right. The story itself is a delight, but what he does with the various voices make this recording top-notch. It is unlike the movie as many have noted, and not typical Ian Fleming, but taken on its own merit it is a great adventure story with sly British humor woven throughout. A real treat for family listening.

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  • Mary
  • Harrisonburg, VA, United States
  • 01-08-14

David Tennant and Ian Fleming--a great combination

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This review is of the audio version read by David Tennant. Unfortunately, many reviews are NOT of the audio version on this site. The book is a lot of fun and well worth two hours of your time. David Tennant is clearly a fan of Fleming, judging from the interview at the end (a wonderful bonus for Tennant fans).

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Perfect for road trips with (or without!) young kids!

This story was wonderful and charming, and had my 8,6 and 5 year olds gripped! They kept asking us if we could please turn it back on every time we got back into the car, and my husband and I were happy to oblige. tenant's performance is just wonderful. We are huge fans of his thanks to dr who and broadchurch — but his performance here was a real treat! I appreciated too that the mother in this story was just as adventurous as the father and two kids. She's voice her concerns, but she was just as game as the rest of them to see what this car could do! I enjoyed the overall message: always choose adventure or else you'll find you've lead a very dull life! Exactly!! My husband and I are considering another roadtrip soon just so we can enjoy the second book in the same epic fashion.

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Delightful story. Perfect narration.

Loved the narration. As if listening to a bed time story. A sweet experience. :)

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i love this story

Would you listen to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again? Why?

i love it

What did you like best about this story?

the adventure

Which scene was your favorite?

when commander pot said my hat!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes when the children were stolen.

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i love it so much.

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The Original Flying Car Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to be better than the print version?

Yes, I think so. This version at least. The narration was spot on and performed with a definite feeling of joy and inspiration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Crackticus Pot. The father. The very model of eccentric but perfectly respectable British gentleman. You wish that he was your next door neighbor.

Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

See above.

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

I laughed several times. It is a very funny story for children, but as noted in the story itself, not talked down to children. It does not insult intelligence, but instead inspires flights of imagination.

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Don't expect the film storyline here. Some of the key points are there, but this is it's own animal. And a very enjoyable one at that. Recommended for kids of ALL ages.

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Great story, great narrator

After listening to the first chapter I bought the other available books in the series. David Tenant has an amazing voice. The story is an old one but he breathes new life and excitement into it! I've challenged my 7 yr old nephew to read more books this summer, this one is perfect. Fun for adults who also know Tenant as the Doctor.

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I love David Tennant !

read with great emotions that made the story whimsical and enchanting to listen to daily!

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Magical Narration

David Tennant is magical as a narrator. I could not imagine a more perfect narrator for this wonderful story.

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  • E. Parke
  • 12-01-15

Loved by my son

My son (5) has been listening to this whilst in the bath recently and you can see the joy in his eyes as he listens.

He thinks Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the best name for a car and is mesmerised by the idea that the car can be real with its own personality and be as much a part of the family as the people themselves.

The story is excellently read by David Tennant, although I'm not sure why he is reading with an English accent and not his native Scottish one. Sometimes older books can date/age and be less accessible to children today. This book has aged well; the language isn't too difficult or wordy and the overall ideas still resonate.

We would recommend it.

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  • SUSHE
  • 02-26-17

David Tennant, narrateur parfait!

Superb story, superb narration. After discovering the inimitable Anton Lesser, I know that a Tennant reading will enthral as well. Thank you, Fleming. A gem.

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  • emac
  • 08-03-17

Amazing book

Never heard the story before but my dad said itbwas good and he was absolutely right