But unfortunately, while tales from the rescue were entertaining, the book soon dissolved into a recap of his pathetic love life which involved an affair with a married woman whom he could barely communicate with because he never bothered to learn Spanish. Mar 06, Sophie rated it really liked it Shelves: Another really funny book by Tony James Slater, I love reading his adventures! Sep 07, Beth Haslam rated it it was amazing. In fact I loved it, but not in a way that I had expected at all.
But Tony makes many serious comments and observations too. These are interesting, and give the book an extra dimension.
But it is no ordinary refuge. The farm is home sometimes permanently, and sometimes temporarily, to a diverse group of wild animals. I immediately warmed to Tony whose self-effacing, roguish personality comes through very strongly in his writing style. I admired his often ill-advised courage and bravado, his tenderness and affection toward the animals in his care, and disarming honesty. All these things make the colourful way in which he tells his story work extremely well. It is a fast-paced, raucously-humoured read which I found thoroughly entertaining.
Feb 14, Nathan rated it it was ok. This book was free on Amazon kindle and I don't think I would have bought it if it wasn't. I f I had spent money on it I would have felt a bit disappointed. It is the story of a young man who volunteers his services in an animal sanctuary in Ecuador. It is pretty slow in parts and didn't endear me to want to pick it back up. On the plus side though some of the tales are pretty funny. Feb 20, Sue rated it liked it. Just a cute little story. Jul 12, Cathy Speight rated it it was amazing.
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 This was probably one of the funniest books I have read.
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: In pursuit of that lightbulb moment, he stumbled across a volunteer programme at an animal rescue centre in Ecuador: 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. Mar 28, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author, Tony Slater, when he joined The Book Bosses http: As a lover of all things british, I was a bit disappointed in myself. I had forgotten that "pants" in the UK does not mean what "pants" in the US means.
I read nearly the entire book not truly appreciating the title. I loved this author, he cracked me up throughout the whole book. His one liners were top-notch. I laughed out loud q I won a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author, Tony Slater, when he joined The Book Bosses http: I laughed out loud quite a few times and had to read bits of it to my husband. This book is about Tony Slater's experience volunteering at a wild animal rescue shelter in Ecuador. His description of the scenery made me want to go there.
His description of the thugs and dangers made me want to stay snug and alive in my home. But I'm kind of a wimp. I have much respect for people who are brave enough to venture out and help in places like this animal rescue. I also have a lot of respect for the people where this is their livelihood. I love the idea of a gap year. People who take advantage of this have such opportunity! I wish wish wish it was more common here. I love books that open my eyes to what it's like to live in different areas of the world.
We know we have it good in the US but I think it's very easy to take what we have for granted.
Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. I can guarantee many good laughs throughout this book. Every night I've mostly laughed at Tony's adventures. View all 4 comments. Definitely the sort of person you would want to go for a beer with, or at least share a bit of fried, cheesy Ecuadorian street-food with. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Aug 20, Susie Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves:
A book like this is a great reminder on perspective. Again, Tony is hilarious. I can guarantee many good laughs throughout this book. Feb 28, David Wailing rated it really liked it. If you're not much of a traveller, aren't interested in looking after or running after wild animals, and are far too sensible to get yourself into bizarre, life-threatening situations Tony has done all of the above, so that you don't have to!
This is a funny and addictive telling of the author's escapades in Ecuador, mainly centred around a somewhat ramshackle wildlife sanctuary. Assuming that every word of it is true, I'm not surprised that Tony was inspired to write a book If you're not much of a traveller, aren't interested in looking after or running after wild animals, and are far too sensible to get yourself into bizarre, life-threatening situations Assuming that every word of it is true, I'm not surprised that Tony was inspired to write a book about it.
This is a proper adventure of the type that most of us will never experience. Although frankly I'm not too cut up about that, since Tony himself frequently gets cut up in a number of painful and humiliating ways, the poor sod! The personalities of the wild animals are as well-drawn as those of the locals and the fellow travellers who come and go. I got a real sense of the Ecuadorian countryside and culture, and felt genuinely transported by the writing.
Tony has a gift for self-deprecating humour and often comes out with giggle-worthy turns of phrase.
I'd love to see him tackle a fictional story. This is a very easy to read book, and since it's structured in small chapters almost like a series of very short stories, it's a good one to dip in and out of without getting lost. Aug 23, Linda Parkinson-Hardman rated it it was amazing. The book opens with him chasing an escapee and it continues in much the same vein. The escapees in question though are rescued animals at an animal shelter in Ecuador. I sweated up and down the mountains, I avoided being eaten by the Jaguar, I too chased an unruly teenage bear around an enclosure and I felt every one of the blisters, the scratches and the bites he received; I loved every minute of it, laughing my way through the Spanish misunderstandings, the adventures, the encounters with locals both human and animal , in fact as a result if I ever find myself in Ecuador, I will definitely visit the Santa Martha Animal Refuge I have no intention of climbing into a bear enclosure though.
I am really looking forward to his next book as I want to find out what happened next! Dec 23, Shannon Gambino rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tony Slater's commentary on his time spent volunteering in Ecuador was not only hysterical but filled with soulful recounts of friendship and love.
From the moment he steps off the airplane in Ecuador with a couple of hours of the Spanish language under his belt until the time he boards the plane to head back to England, Tony captivates and draws you into his After reading too many sci-fi and horror stories, I picked up "That Bear Ate My Pants!
From the moment he steps off the airplane in Ecuador with a couple of hours of the Spanish language under his belt until the time he boards the plane to head back to England, Tony captivates and draws you into his journey as he searches for something more meaningful in life than technology and a desk job. There were times I laughed so hard at some of the situations he got himself into that I had tears streaming down my face.
He never backed down from a challenge, regardless of what it entailed. Other times, I wished I could hug him when he had to say good-bye to the animals, friends, and his Lady love. The whirlwind ride of volunteering in a foreign country can be difficult, but with the right attitude, it can change your entire life. I am looking forward to Tony Slater's next volunteering adventure and living vicariously through him!
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Read reviews that mention funny tony animals animal laugh loud ecuador adventure entertaining laughed slater hilarious humor laughing rescue enjoyable volunteer travel language young. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm truly glad I found these books. They are a fun escape from a rocky patch in my life.
Geeze, at least I hope it's just a patch? A manic depressive husband who decided to go on an epic mid life crisis after our neighbor had a heart attack at The Bear ate my pants is only the second book I've read I'm doing it a little backwards since I chanced across Shave My Spider first but I have really really really enjoyed them both and am looking forward to reading the next one.
In my world where attempts at cheerful, light-heartedness are greeted with an annoyed desire to shoo me away, they have been funny and interesting in this surreal sort of way that makes you believe that YOU could travel to cool, fascinating, remote places and not just survive but have a plethora of kick ass experiences to cherish. I mean Hell, if Tony can do it without getting dead then I highly recommend the books.
I've read reviews that are highly critical of the language F and S bombs and also some sex. Frankly, there weren't that many bombs and the sex was very much in context and written about with great humor and fun. The author is an incredible storyteller! I felt as if I were there with him and appreciated his turn of phrase and view on delightfully outrageous situations. There were a few chapters I sped through due to some graphic medical and other squeamish to me situations. But still wanted to rate this 5 stars.
Do wish the author would find a better editor. His poor grammar and incorrect tense usage is a a bit off-putting at times, but still, a great story teller. So, I gave the book 6 stars, but had to downgrade by one star for less than stellar grammatical and tense use. Thank you for sharing your adventures, TJS, and allowing us to laugh and cry along with you! It didn't hurt that it was billed as a humor book, or that it was about a man working on a wildlife reserve -- I love animals, and having grown up around them I can attest that there can be plenty of hilarity in dealing with them on a regular basis.
The fact that this was a free e-book at the time I downloaded it didn't exactly hurt either As a lot of reviewers have pointed out already -- yes, this book has quite a bit of cursing. But if you can get past the swear words, it's a clever and hilarious account of one man's efforts to make a difference.
Tony is an aspiring actor who, in an effort to find himself, flies from his native London to faraway Ecuador to volunteer at the Santa Martha wildlife rehabilitation center. There he finds said center is half-farm, half-reserve, a ramshackle collection of buildings and badly handbuilt pens housing everything from monkeys to ocelots to a rambunctious bear to the world's fattest puma. Tony butts heads with both fellow volunteers the friendly and earnest but annoyingly vegetarian-minded Toby, the spoiled rich girl Layla, the feisty Irish sisters Emer and Marie, and others and the reserve's permanent workers including stern owner Johnny and machete-happy Jimmy , gets bitten and scratched at least once by every resident animal, adopts the world's stupidest dog, romances a native woman despite their language barrier, and otherwise finds himself hopelessly out of his element in a faraway land.
But over the course of his stay he'll find himself developing strong bonds with the animals and his fellow workers As I've stated before, Tony swears quite a bit in the writing of this book.
I know this is a deal-breaker for many readers, and I usually don't like books where every other word is the F-word one of the reasons I hated "Julie and Julia" , but here the writing was entertaining enough -- and Tony's voice engaging enough -- that I was willing to overlook the profanity. Still, other potential readers might appreciate a word of warning.