The Dragon Conspiracy Audiobook by Lisa Shearin (REVIEW)

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The Dragon Conspiracy Audiobook

By: Lisa Shearin

Narrated by: Johanna Parker

Published by: Audible Studios 03/03/2015

The Dragon Conspiracy Audiobook


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SPI Files #2

8 hrs and 20 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

The Dragon Conspiracy Audiobook Sample

The Dragon Conspiracy Audiobook

4 Hearts

I found Lisa Shearin and the SPI Files series in the Night Shift Anthology that I reviewed late last year. I instantly fell in love with Mackenna Frazier and the team at SPI. I found that I really enjoyed the world of supernaturals in New York City. Mak is a great character who continues to prove that she is one of the great heroines of the urban fantasy worlds, even if she still has a lot to learn.

In The Dragon Conspiracy, we are in New York a few months after the end of the previous book. Mak and her partner, Ian, are stalking out the Met as they keep an eye on some very power and cursed gemstones called Dragon Eggs. Each of these Eggs are very powerful on their own, put them in a collection, like we have here, and the power is almost limitless. Their job is to make sure no one steals these dangerous items. Of course, they are stolen anyway. We also get to meet a new type of supernatural in this book, Gorgons.

The mystery about who steals the eggs is great. There are tons of twists and turns. Plus, we continue to learn more about the eggs as the story progresses. I enjoyed watching Mak and Ian progress through the case and continue to become even better partners. As per the previous stories in this series, it is filled with a lot of humor. The characters are very well developed and continue to get more so with each book.

This is a series that I really feel you should read/listen to in order. I found that starting with the prequel in the Night Shift Anthology really helped me to get some background on Mak and SPI as an organization. That’s not to say you would be completely lost if you didn’t read them, but there is some backstory on the characters that you would miss, plus I think they are all great books and worth the read anyway. I’m very excited to get to the next book in this series.


4 Hearts

Once again, I think Johanna Parker has done a great job with series. She is one of my favorite narrators for a series with humor. She has a great ability to make a funny story even funnier in her telling of it. I like her use of different voices. I’m always able to tell who is speaking. She does a great job with all the voices, include the males.

Lisa is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her second series—The SPI Files—is an urban fantasy that’s been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black. The first book, The Grendel Affair, is available now. The second, The Dragon Conspiracy, will hit shelves and eReaders on January 27, 2015.

Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens both vintage and modern. She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, three spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

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Narrator Johanna Parker

Johanna Parker is an Audie Award Winning, Earphone Award Winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook for Recorded Books in 2002, Johanna has received high praise for her work in all genres, including the young adult Mediator series by Meg Cabot, Earlene Fowler’s Bennie Harper Mysteries, and her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire books of which Audiofile has said, “Parker personifies Harris’s perky Southern heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Her splendid pacing allows listeners time to absorb the action and emotions…listeners will be enthralled.”

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I like to thanks Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. That cover would have never caught me eye but this sounds like a total win! Thank you (or not as my books overfloweth) for putting it on my radar!

    • This is definitely a “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” situation. I don’t know that I would’ve picked this up if I hadn’t listened to the prequel in the Anthology that had two other series that I read. This is a great series that is now an autobuy list. I’m really excited for the third book that comes out in January. I’ll wait for the audio, because I love Johanna Parker.

  2. This sounds like an enjoyable listen! Great review <3

    • This is a great series. I want to check out earlier series from this author.

  3. What a cool premise! Dragon eggs reminds me og GoT, I love the spin on this one though. I will look up the book version 🙂

    • I saw it touted as Men in Black meets Stephanie Plum (which I haven’t read). As for MIB, I would say paranormal creatures instead of aliens, but yes. Really fun and still exciting. I hope you enjoy.

  4. I rarely read anthologies, but I love when I discover a new series though them. This sounds like an exciting book, but that cover has to go. 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m not a fan of the cover either, but it is what is between the pages that is most important. I highly recommend this one. I don’t read a lot of anthologies (or I just read the one story from a series that I already read). I’m really glad I found this one.

  5. I’ve tried a book by the author and I really liked it. I haven’t tried this series but heard so many great things about it. it’s in my wishlist. I want to try !

    • I really enjoyed it. I want to try another series by this author. I hope you get to try this one soon. Enjoy.

  6. Thanks for the great review, new to me author!

    • This is my first series with her too. I want to try another one with her. I’ve really enjoyed this one so far.

  7. I love a story with twists and turns and a mystery to solve! I’ll have to try out this author and narrator. Thanks, Melanie!

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. This has been a fun series for me.

  8. Not a fan of the cover, but the humorous plot and great characters definitely sound inviting. Great review, Melanie!

    • I’m not a fan of the cover either, but the story is great. The characters are a lot of fun and the plot is exciting as well. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  9. I’ve seen this one around, but this is the first review I read about it. I like that is a fun series, sometimes I want that; so I’ll add this one to my TBR.

    • It is a fun series. I think you would like it. I also love all the different creatures that are in it. Not just werewolves and vampires. I hope you enjoy it.

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