Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (audio review)

March 22, 2018 Book Reviews 7 ★★★★

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (audio review)Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
Genres: MG Books
Pages: 113
Format: Audiobook
Source: gift
Purchase: Amazon
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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!


A charming, whimsical children’s adventure! If you’ve seen the movie, the book is very different; the only real constants are the children and their father (though their mother is still with them in the book), and of course Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the eponymous magical flying car. I don’t want to give anything away, but don’t expect a Bavarian kingdom; that part of the movie is the creation of the screenwriters, not Ian Fleming. The adventures the family does have in the book are slightly more grounded in reality—but only slightly!

The audiobook is narrated by David Tennant, who reads with obvious enthusiasm and an excellent command of voices and accents. Between the text and the narration, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a perfect audiobook for young children, and a treat for the whole family. It’s short, only 2 hours and 22 minutes in length, making it an excellent choice for a day trip.


Thank you to Katherine at I Wish I Lived in a Library, whose review of the audiobook prompted me to listen to it. 




Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge (March 2018)
  • The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018

7 Responses to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (audio review)”

  1. Heidi

    Somehow I am not surprised that the book is different from the movie. I will have to check this out with my kids.

  2. RO

    I’ve never read the book, but I sure fell in love with the movie, and watch it every time it comes on television. They don’t even make movies like that anymore, which is a shame. The brightness, the fantasy and the fun make it a great way to spend time with family. Glad you enjoyed the audio as well, and Katherine always gives such cool ideas for reading, right? Happy Sunday and Hugs…RO
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  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love David Tennant and I love Ian Flemming’s writing style. I still haven’t watched the movie but I listened to the 2nd book and enjoyed it as well. From what you hint about the movie it may be a bit closer in terms of crazy adventures. It’s a very different style than the first book but still enjoyable. And narrated by David Tennant. I swear I’d listen to that man read multiplication tables.
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