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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Shames Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Laurence Shames has attracted enthusiastic fans with his Key West novels, which include Florida Straits, Mangrove Squeeze, Scavenger Reef, and Sunburn. Each of these books is a hilarious mixture of zany crimes and offbeat characters. Welcome to Paradise is his best yet.

When Al Marracotta, Mafia boss, takes a week's vacation in Key West, he looks forward to days of sun, sex, and seafood. Alan Tuschman, New Jersey furniture salesman, is a reluctant tourist. He has won a week in Key West for his sales record. But they have something in common: vanity license plates that read BIG AL. So when two goons are sent to ruin Big Al's vacation, it's not long before they target the wrong guy. Between the frustrated henchmen and the baffled Als, each chapter grows loonier than the last. And with the addition of a romantic wild card, the winsome Katy Sansone, the tough guys' schemes are tempered by more tender scenes. Narrator Ron McLarty's fine performance keeps the action moving at a brisk clip.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/8/2013

    " WHEN A FURNITURE SALESMAN WITH A SHIT ZSU IS MISTAKEN FOR A MINOR MOB BOSS WITH A ROTWEILER THINGS GET A LITTLE OUT OF HAND. I WOULD COMPARE THIS TO A DECENT "B" MOVIE. IT WAS AN EASY READ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/22/2009

    " Shames knows how to make mobsters laughable. Just don't tell any of them I said that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 10/23/2009

    " Two "Big Al's" are one too many. Shames is great, funny, and Key West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 7/1/2009

    " Two "Big Al's" are one too many. Shames is great, funny, and Key West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/9/2008

    " Shames knows how to make mobsters laughable. Just don't tell any of them I said that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/21/2007

    " WHEN A FURNITURE SALESMAN WITH A SHIT ZSU IS MISTAKEN FOR A MINOR MOB BOSS WITH A ROTWEILER THINGS GET A LITTLE OUT OF HAND. I WOULD COMPARE THIS TO A DECENT "B" MOVIE. IT WAS AN EASY READ. "

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About the Author
Author Laurence Shames

Laurence Shames has been a New York City taxi driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher, and shoe salesman. Having failed to distinguish himself in any of those professions, he turned to writing full time in 1976 and has not done an honest day’s work since. Shames has published twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles and essays. Best known for his critically acclaimed series of Key West novels, he has also authored nonfiction and enjoyed considerable, though largely secret, success as a collaborator and ghostwriter. Shames has penned four New York Times bestsellers. These have appeared on four different lists, under four different names, none of them his own. This might be a record.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.