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Publisher's Summary

Buckle your seat belt for the first ever follow-up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.

When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car, and it wants its bodywork back!

But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail - one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself.

Fueled by wry humor, this sequel to the children's classic by the creator of James Bond - featuring a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own - is written by bestselling, award-winning author FrankCottrell Boyce.

©2012 Frank Cottrell Boyce (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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After several decades a sequel to the classic

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The three new sequels, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Race Against Time, and Over The Moon are all fine, but they are also one long story. I think it would work better as a single longer story, rather than three shorter, incomplete stories.

What other book might you compare Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again to and why?

Not sure. The original had a definite feel of time and place that worked for the story. These are intentionally taking place decades later and therefore have a different feel. What was charming in the original tends to feel just silly viewed in a modern world.

Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not in Audible, but I have followed his career and he brings some obvious joy and sense of fun to this.

Did Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again inspire you to do anything?

It pretty much required you to read the two following books to see the end of the story. There were a LOT of loose ends left hanging - intentionally.

Any additional comments?

Overall, not a bad story, just in the incorrect format in my opinion.

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My Kids are Obsessed.

I got the Chitty Bang Bang series cause who doesn’t love David Tennant, and it’s a good thing I do since this audio book is on constant rotation. I think my son has honestly listened to the series 5+ times in constant order. Fun story + excellent narrator=good family listen

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My 8-year-old Loved this

My son, who is 8, loved this book. The performance of the narrator is very engaging.

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This was a good story however it had a few curse words that did not need adding.

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Clever, But . . .

At first it surprised me that it went all present day in the story, but then I thought the original was really a present day piece when it was written also. Then I was confused about why the vehicle didn't more resemble the one in the original, but that got answered throughout the book in a really clever way.

My only complaints are:
1. It seemed to be mean toward the French which didn't fit the first book.
2. I've never been a fan of obvious cliffhangers to lead into the next book.

I'm still quite interested in the series and look forward to reading them all.

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love it

thank you gor letting me hear th i s.seeing all the adventures in my mind and loving the characters more

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Even David Tennant can't save this book.

Tennants performance is outstanding once again, but the story was weak. This was a disappointment after the first one. Some of Tennants voices were very cringy but it makes sense and works within this cringy plot.

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Story is OK; David Tenant is exceptional.

This story is OK, not quite as good as Ian Fleming's, but still fun. David Tenant excels in bringing the characters to life & I would recommend the audiobook to hear the performance. The next book is not as good, but still worth hearing. The last book is simply tedious. Not even Mr. Tenant's terrific performance can save it.

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there is a few mentions of ghost and magical material that are unnecessary in my opinion