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David Tennant reads Frank Cottrell Boyce's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

This sequel to Ian Fleming's book was released in the UK in October 2011 and will be available in the USA in March 2012.

The recording of the audiobook was done on December 5, 2011 at Strathmore Publishing in Clerkenwell.

It was made available from the online retailers Audible and iTunes as an exclusive download from December 19, 2011. 

The unabridged reading has a runtime of 4 hours and 31 minutes.

Synopsis: "When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead.

The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car – and it wants to be back on the road again . . . fast!

The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the handbrake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own.

It’s not long before they’re hurtling along on a turbocharged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork.

But there are sinister forces at work too. When it comes to a car as special as Chitty, everybody wants a piece of her. . .

This great headline appeared in the Sunday Mail - December 11, 2011 - with a one line story about his narratng the book.
Here is a bit of that interview
"Like the author, David Tennant was chosen by Ian Fleming's family to voice the audiobook:

"Lucy Fleming, niece of the original author, said: "We are thrilled that David agreed to read the audiobook.

He is such a talented actor and his voice brings Frank Cottrell Boyce's story to life with a wry humour and great characterisation.

Chitty could not have been in safer hands with him behind the wheel.  We hope that this audiobook will add some extra sparkle as families embark on their own magical adventure this Christmas."

As an added bonus track Lucy Fleming

interviews David.  He was quoted as saying:

"The idea of a flying car is hard to better.  I think we would all love to have a car that would take off, escape the traffic and fly you to any country in the world."

When asked to sum up the story in three words, the actor could not quite manage it, saying it is "very clever, slightly surreal and hugely readable".

They also discuss the James Bond connections that Boyce wrote into the story in tribute to Fleming. They do not reveal where they can be found, with Lucy adding how much fun it is for people to find them themselves.
Strathmore Publishing said Tennant has been working with them on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again - and described it as "a brilliant reading of a brilliant book".  - Daily Record - December 12, 2011


This sequel is the first of three books that have been commissioned.

David recorded the second book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time on January 7, 2013!

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