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That Bear Ate My Pants! Adventures of a real Idiot Abroad [Kindle Edition]

Tony James Slater
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Book Description

"...pee-your-pants funny..."
"...I laughed so hard I was screaming..."
"...Warning, do not read this book in a public place!"


There comes a time in every man's life when he says to himself, "Holy Sh*t! I'm about to be eaten by a bear!" 
 
Tony James Slater went to Ecuador, determined to become a man. It never occurred to him that 'or die trying' might be an option...
 
The trouble with volunteering in a South American animal refuge is that everything wants a piece of you. And the trouble with being Tony, is that most of them got one.
 
Just how do you 'look after' something that's trying its damnedest to kill you and eat you? And how do you find love when you a) don't speak the language, and b) are constantly covered in excrement and entrails? If only he'd had some relevant experience. Other than owning a pet rabbit when he was nine. And if only he'd bought some travel insurance...
 
That Bear Ate My Pants is the hilarious tale of one man's quest to better himself. Whether losing a machete fight with a tree, picking dead tarantulas out of a tank of live ones or sewing the head back on to a partially decapitated crocodile, Tony's misadventures are ridiculous, unbelievable and always entertaining.
 
Long before Sky One got involved, there were already plenty of Idiots Abroad. This is the story of one of them...
 
This book is now the first in a series, following Tony's adventures through the UK and Thailand in 'Don't Need The Whole Dog!', and around Australia in 'Kamikaze Kangaroos!' They can be read separately or together just as easily.


Editorial Reviews

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"I laughed all through the book until the end, where I became sad to have to say goodbye. I enjoyed myself that much." - Night Owl Reviews

 "The narrative in That Bear Ate My Pants was not only well-written and entertaining but downright hilarious. I have not laughed so hard while reading in quite a while. And when I mean laugh, I mean I laughed so hard I was screaming. Warning, do not read this book while on the toilet." - Indie Eclective

"Tony Slater is very gifted at writing comically and laughter accompanied every page I read at the account of his daily routine looking after animals, birds and reptiles of all shapes and sizes and degrees of ferocity.  Despite the tomfoolery of the writing, Tony never forgets the seriousness of the work carried out by the rescue centre, he never forgets to inform us of the beauty and uniqueness of Ecuador, and more importantly, never forgets to reveal not only how much the animals came to mean to him in the short time he was there, but also how much the whole experience touched him.
This is one I will read again if I ever need cheering up.  It's a guaranteed tonic." - Kath 'n' Kindle Book Reviews

About the Author

Tony James Slater is a very, very strange man. He believes himself to be indestructible, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. He is often to be found making strange faces whilst pretending to be attacked by inanimate objects. And sometimes - not always, but often enough to be of concern - his testicles hang out of the holes in his trousers.
It is for this reason (amongst others) that he chooses to spend his life far from mainstream civilization, tackling ridiculous challenges and subjecting himself to constant danger. He gets hurt quite a lot.

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481155377
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Various Things (ADT) (June 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057P6FNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Satisfying Read July 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I was reading the beginning chapters of this book, I had to stop uncountable times to laugh. As I got deeper into this true story, though, I found myself increasingly moved by the author's love for the wild animals in his care. To say he risked life and limb to help him is merely a statement of fact, and his heartbreak when one died or suffered was expressed in a touching, yet non-sentimental way.

To read this book is to take the most comfortable kind of vacation. You'll feel as if you're there, except that you won't be slogging through swamps, roasting in the mid-day sun, or freezing when that sun goes down. Ecuador sounds like a beautiful country that I have no plans to visit.

I so hope the author is working on another book. I will be looking for it. Lucky you, all the fun awaits you.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Entertaining Read...... July 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"That Bear Ate My Pants" is a throroughly entertaining read - once I started it I found it almost impossible to put it down! There are comedy moments a-plenty, one or two extremely touching moments and lots of interesting stories that give the reader an excellent view into what it would be like to volunteer in an animal rescue sanctuary in South America....by the end of the book I found myself bemoaning the fact that I had never taken the opportunity to do anything like this and wondering whether or not I'm too old to try now (which I am).

Alongside the "memoiresque" account of experiences volunteering the book also gives the reader an insight into South America itself, the people, the forests, the beaches.....and of course the amazing work done by animal protection agencies - who mostly seem to be volunteers.

Most of all I was captivated by the stories about the various animals that arrived at the sanctuary, their characters and behaviours as well as back stories were fascinating, and sometimes sad, but mostly they have happy endings as the staff at Santa Martha look after them with such devotion and some of them even get released back into the wild (one of my favourite chapters).

Definitely worth reading, maybe it will inspire you to go out and have a similarly life changing experience.....all I can say is I really want a wooden parrot...
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking hilarious! October 10, 2011
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Halfway through this book, my boyfriend (over breakfast) looks at me as I've laughed for the fifth time during the meal and says, "I've never seen you laugh so much at a book."

Yeah. It's that damn funny.

I lurrrve travel writing; if I were to pick a favorite genre, it would definitely be books like this. I loved living (and volunteering) vicariously through this author's narrative. This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it - especially if you need a laugh!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny! Just loved it! August 27, 2011
By Beeshon
Format:Kindle Edition
This was probably one of the funniest books I have read. In fact, if I didn't have so many other books I want to read and enjoy, I'd probably go back to the beginning and read it all over again. But beware, it really is laugh-out-loud material. I would go so far as to say that I would recommend NOT reading this book whilst eating or drinking - snorting coffee and spraying your lunch around the place is most definitely not a good look and I would certainly not read this in a public place - trying to hide your hysterical laughter will probably result in those around you reaching for their phones and calling the men in white coats.

You can guess I really enjoyed this.

At a point in his early twenties, Tony was in limboland trying to decide what to do in his life that would provide him with some purpose: a few previous attempts hadn't quite provided him with the answers he was looking for. In pursuit of that lightbulb moment, he stumbled across a volunteer programme at an animal rescue centre in Ecuador: a refuge for animals rescued from cruelty. Without thinking twice about it, he signed up. What followed was for him a life-changing experience.

Tony Slater is very gifted at writing comically and laughter accompanied every page I read at the account of his daily routine looking after animals, birds and reptiles of all shapes and sizes and degrees of ferocity. Despite the tomfoolery of the writing, Tony never forgets the seriousness of the work carried out by the rescue centre, he never forgets to inform us of the beauty and uniqueness of Ecuador, and more importantly, never forgets to reveal not only how much the animals came to mean to him in the short time he was there, but also how much the whole experience touched him.

This is one I will read again if I ever need cheering up. It's a guaranteed tonic.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herriot with wooden parrots January 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
You got to love a lad who takes off on a whim and prayer to an animal refuge in the middle of nowhere at such a high altitude that the plane doesn't land on a wing and a prayer...it just goes straight ahead! It's all been said before, but this is a genuinely funny laugh-out-loud book, very well-written too. There's some choice bits about Tony's choice bits (his testicles fly free and puts someone off their lunch; his chopper goes on drunken public view and puts another lady off sausages) and some brilliant comic set pieces also (loved the runaway sloth - "He's verry slowwly getting away!"). As for Tony's epicurean escapades, I will safely say that I will never let any lady (especially THE `Lady') take me for an Ecuadorian `surprise' involving street food. `Ceviche' is definitely off the menu!
But beneath all the laddish humor there's a serious vein too, a kind of rites of passage slide towards maturity which takes him towards really caring for the animals in his charge and even (gulp) learning Spanish! Liked this book a lot, looking forward to the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars it was great to enjoy it all through your writing
Since I'll never have a chance to have such an adventure, it was great to enjoy it all through your writing. Keep up the good work.
Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny
Funny,funny,funny a very good read. It sometimes reminds me of myself, if there is a way to get injured, I find it very entertaining and enjoyable.
Published 10 hours ago by Joyce E Tibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book
I don't know when I've laughed as much while reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What an adventure he had, and it is wonderful that he shared it.
Published 14 hours ago by Jan Hamman
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funny and down to earth charactors
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
This book is hilarious. You will laugh out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book ever - a must read.
I was laughing (out loud) from cover to cover. The author has a way of describing his exploits that makes you feel as if you are there. Read more
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Enjoyed the story. Looking forward to reading the authors other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Laugh out loud funny. Can't wait to read the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce and cuddly becomes this Man
I got a big kick out of the post-adolescent coming of age romp! A film of the situations he got into, both horrific physical and amorous were both pathetic and endearing. Read more
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I really enjoyed this book. It brought just about everything. Laughter, tears, joy. What a wonderful journey. Read more
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More About the Author

Tony James Slater is a very, very strange man. He believes himself to be indestructible, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. He is often to be found making strange faces whilst pretending to be attacked by inanimate objects. And sometimes - not always, but often enough to be of concern - his testicles hang out of the holes in his trousers.
It is for this reason (amongst others) that he chooses to spend his life far from mainstream civilization, tackling ridiculous challenges and subjecting himself to constant danger. He gets hurt quite a lot.

For more information, or to complain about his shameless self promotion, please visit: www.TonyJamesSlater.com
But BE WARNED! Some of the writing is in red.

Tony LOVES it when you make contact - it makes him feel a little less lonely in this big ole' world.

You can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TonyJamesSlater
You can harass him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TonyJamesSlater

And he blogs about how ridiculous his life is at: http://www.AdventureWithoutEnd.com

Please come and hang out, send a message or throw something sticky. But preferably not a stick...

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