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

Tony James Slater
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"...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.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481155377
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Various Things (ADT) (22 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057P6FNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That bear took a chunk out of my hand 30 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Did not even know this book was available to download........... I remember Tony saying he would write a book one day about his experiences at Santa Martha Rescue Center. What i did not realize was that 8 years later, it would be for me like a personal memoir with all the funny and crazy times we shared together. What a laugh we did have together, and Tony has nailed it very accurately in this book. I can only recommend it, its funny, and all the events in this book were just another (normal) day at the rescue center.

Toby
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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 give 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armchair Adventure. 26 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd downloaded the free sample of this book and was so enthralled by Tony Slater's storytelling, that I immediately bought the book. And I'm delighted I did. I was drawn into his world by vivid descriptions of places, people and animals and I can see just how much he loved all the animals and being there. I found it to be one of those tales that I could not put down and read it from start to finish in one evening. I didn't want the book to end and I hope (quite selfishly) that Tony goes back to the rescue center and writes another book. I'd like to know what happens to Osita, Machita and all of the other animals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 22 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
a brilliant book.one of the funniest ive read.would recommend it to anyone with a sense of humour. i hope tony writes more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably funny, wonderfully inspiring 22 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before I acquired my kindle, this is a writing genre I wouldn't have looked twice at. 'That Bear Ate My Pants!' appealed to me for two simple reasons; its title, and also the fact it was free. And now that I've finished reading it, I'm left wondering what I've possibly been missing out on.

This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read. It has everything; humour - in huge doses, drama, sadness and even romance. But what really sets it apart is its passion and belief for a cause. It isn't merely the relaying of a number of anecdotes and explanations, but the story of many intertwined lives - human and animal - and how each affects the other. Its easy-going style of writing is hugely appealing; there are many expletives, but none of it is gratuitous - it simply reminds you that this is real life and just keeps you turning the pages, wanting to know more.

The one thing I did find truly outstanding as I read was the author's growing respect for everything, including the country itself; things often classed as important became little other than materialistic at best and so he adapted accordingly, with other simplicities such as arriving home in the dark unannounced making him blatantly aware he was now in a place that it could cost him his life. I have no doubt in my mind your perception of many things will change while you are reading this fascinating story that you just want to become absorbed in. If nothing else, it'll make you think 'I want to do that...' for a while.

A truly inspirational read, and a must if you're already planning to do something similar yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Annie
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my goodness this book is just so funny. My daughter read it first and sent me a text to say she was enjoying it so much that she was actually laughing out loud whilst reading it on the bus home. I couldn't wait to read it myself and I wasn't disappointed. I'm not usually a fan of comedy books - they usually bring a smirk and not much else, but this one is just great. A total laugh from start to finish with an underlying serious side in that the team at the animal sanctuary are actually doing a great job looking after the animals.
Should be made into a film - hope this is not the last book to be written by this author. He has a wonderful sense of humour.
Ann
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute gem 20 Feb 2012
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Ok.. I admit it.. Im a sucker for funny books..this one is a winner!! Within a couple of pages I was hooked.. the author is so good at setting the scene.. I was almost on that hot sweaty bus with him.I laughed out loud many times..I would honestly compare him with Michael Palin and his travels. I cant wait for the next book, Im going to check out the authors blog. I was sorry when I finished the book.It was a freebie but Id gladly pay for the sheer pleasure of reading it.This is one of the few books that I wont be deleting.I didnt realise that this type of animal rescue was so funny..I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hilarious!
Published 6 hours ago by mrs lorna craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed, lots of laugh out loud moments and tearful ...
Thoroughly enjoyed ,lots of laugh out loud moments and tearful ones too! Highly recommended reading .
Published 4 days ago by MRS GL GREEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend. Would be good for holidays - especially if ...
amusing light read. Would recommend. Would be good for holidays - especially if you were visiting Ecuador!
Published 5 days ago by stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny and furious read
He certainly was an idiot abroad, but his adventures were amusing and kept me interested. As I share the author's love of animals, I was fascinated by the tales of his encounters... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Liz Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it! lots of laughs!
Published 8 days ago by Kim Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book spoiled by needless expletives.
Hilarious story which I thoroughly enjoyed. Shame about all the bad language that was superfluous to the story. Hence the reduced score. Read more
Published 10 days ago by IRENE CHARLES
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Can't wait for book 4. Brilliant!!
Published 10 days ago by Karl Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Very amusing. A nice turn of phrase too
Published 10 days ago by GW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good read
Published 13 days ago by suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very funny book. Tony has great turn of phrase.
Published 14 days ago by Ian Byron
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