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The Kammersee Affair

By: John Holt
Narrated by: Ben Werling
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins

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The lake was flat and calm with barely a ripple; its dark waters glistening, reflecting the moonlight as though it were a mirror.

Fritz Marschall knew that neither he, nor his friend, should really have been there. They, like many others before them, had been attracted to the lake by the many rumors that had been circulating. He thought of the endless stories there had been, of treasures sunken in or buried around the lake. He recalled the stories of the lake being used to develop torpedoes and rockets during the war. Looking out across the dark water, he wondered what secrets were hidden beneath the surface.

A story of the search for hidden Nazi gold, a story of murder, blackmail, and revenge

The story of two men: an American GI and an SS major

©2012 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 12-11-2018

Good Story, but...

I had high hopes for this title after reading the book description. It started off great too but as soon as you get a little ways into the first chapter the sound effects started and it was very distracting. For some reason the producers incorporated sound effects with every single mention of noise in the story and I could not concentrate on the story itself. I do like sound effects when used sparingly, (as to not take away from the story) throughout an audiobook but I think this was overkill. The performance and story were very good but there were parts I had to rewind and listen to even 3 times due to the sound effects. I could not get a good flow going with this audiobook and this just got me frustrated at some points. I liked the voices that the narrator gave the characters and the storyline was interesting. I think I would rate this much higher if the sound effects were taken out. It did have many good qualities and this was my kind of story too, perhaps that is why I held it so high? I am not sure but release another recorded version without the sound effects and I think I could give this a better and more proper rating. I received a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion.

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  • Azura S
  • 25-11-2018

Good Story Slightly Marred By Sound Effects

I though this was a solid story which was well delivered by the narrator but like another reviewer... I also found some of the sound effects a little jarring. I think if I were John, I'd take them out if this ever gets re-recorded. This is a two time line story and I liked the way they unfolded together and showed you the interconnections without telling you. That's very important to me. As for the actual plot, I haven't listened to (or read) a book like this in years, it's got a lot of retro-charm to it and I wouldn't want to give anything away but you're going to enjoy the way things go. Please note: I solicited and received a review copy of this. However, my opinion is still my own and was not influenced in any way by the author or narrator.

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  • Rayc
  • 22-10-2018

A Good read / listen

The Kammersee Affair, I've read the ebook version and when offered the chance to listen to the audiobook jumped at it.
John Holts first novel I believe, the concept of the story is great - a search for Nazi gold after the war.
A good adventure story and a good read - though the style of writing is a little dated compared to some high powered thrillers of recent years. Reminiscent of Alistair MacLeans novels.
I enjoyed the ebook and enjoyed the audiobook, Highly recommend either.
The narration is clear and easy to listen to.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • G. Roo
  • 02-10-2018

The Kammersee Affair

I enjoyed listening to this interesting story.
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  • Claire
  • 28-09-2018

Vivid and entrancing

On the pages of this book a cast of characters came alive, some very different from each other they all felt real. The descriptions of the setting let the book play out like a movie in my mind. The characters and settings combined into a book I couldn't stop listening to.

The story unfolds in two different times and there are a lot of different elements that interconnect, it made the book a tapestry of elements and people all woven together.

The narrator did great character voices, they were distinct and easy to recognize, and the delivery was dynamic and used tone effectively to accentuate the emotions in each scene.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • carman
  • 11-09-2018

interesting plot.

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I enjoyed this book, found the plot interesting. The narrator did a fairly good job except when he was reading the parts for the Germans in the story. The writing was not the best or worst, sort of in the middle of the road. One thing I did not like was the sound effects throughout the book.

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  • cosmitron
  • 31-08-2018

Great Book and very entertaining

With a mixture of fact and fiction this work presents the listener with a very enjoyable adventure with a premise that may have
a great deal of truth.

The Narrator helps make the Book even more interesting and keeps you glued to your electronic gizmo to anticipate the next
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The characters are well crafted and make the story a good read.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.



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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 25-07-2019

Another great one from John Holt

This is a great story that shows even the greatest of men can be tempted. It is a story of greed, murder, lies, and revenge that are all costly. At a time when the world is torn apart by war, would you be tempted by the promise of gold? When you’ve been away from your family for years, wouldn’t you want just a piece of that gold, even if meant covering up the truth of a fellow soldier’s death? Four men make that decision, promising they will someday come back for that gold. You’ll have to listen to the story yourself to learn whether they do, but what I will say is the truth will cost dearly. The plot is good, but the characters are a little hard to track, and I’ll honestly say I started the book over to pay better attention to who they were. Once I did that, I had no trouble keeping up, so pay closer attention to the names in the beginning and you’ll be fine. The sound effects were mostly cool, like the background noise in the bar that help to put you in the scene, but they could at times be distracting. Unless I’m listening to a dramatic production of a story, I don’t need to hear a knock on the door when the narrator just said he knocked on the door, so a little less of those would have made it better. If you don’t like sound effects in your stories, read the book instead of listening to it. The narrator did a great job of keeping me engaged. He has a pleasant voice and aside from the unnecessary sound effects did a good job producing.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 11-06-2019

Men would love this story!

This story has all the elements of a good mystery: treasure hunting, history, and intrigue.

Ben Werling does a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life.

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  • Barry C Bryant
  • 06-06-2019

Escellent Listen

Fascinating storyline. Good listen.
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  • Ostfeld
  • 30-01-2019

Couldn’t have been writing better !

I love WWII stories and only John Holt the author got this talent that make it sound like a documentary.
I’m so glad to have had the privilege of listening to this audiobook, the story is incredible, it totally pulls you in with all the twists like a story in a story in a story, truly beautifully done.
Choosing Ben Werling for narration was an excellent decision, I also loved the background sounds also beautifully done.

Absolutely, full heartedly recommend this audiobook for all.




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  • Leticia Crow
  • 01-05-2019

Had me glued from the beginning!

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I loved how they told the story of the present time, giving hints about the past, and then telling each individual Soldier's Story. for once I had no questions at the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book anyone especially those who like War Stories!

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 09-03-2019

A Truly Amazing Listen

I have listened to a few books written by John Holt. And I have to say that this book has become one of my favorites. The characters of the book were each given their own highlights in the story - it made me connect with each of them more. Though some parts of the novel happened during World War II, it was not a war story. It was intriguing from the start and I got really hooked to it.

The narration was great, as well. Ben Werling has an attention-grabbing kind of voice and he was really good at doing different accents. The background sound was a brilliant addition. I liked it that I was hearing train whistles, water splashes and other sounds - because it made the book more interesting and entertaining for me.

This book truly deserves Five-Star reviews! Highly recommended!

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 07-02-2019

The Kammersee Affair

This book was a little hard for me in the beginning because there was so much going on and a bit of hopping from one person to another but once I figured out who was who it was much better. This story was very interesting to listen to. I don’t usually do much history based things but feel the descriptions of the places and times were really good. Also the accents but the narrator were spot on. This recording has some sound affects but not too much or overly loud compared to the narration and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked them. It made you feel like you were more involved with the story. Overall this was a fun listen that anyone who enjoys things based in history will want to listen.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 02-01-2019

Hidden Gold, Nazis, Secrets and Revenge.

This adventure, crime, mystery story starts as a modern day treasure hunt around a lake in Austria before travelling back in time to the end of WW2 and a secret test facility, Nazi gold, counterfeit currency and murder. The story is told from several perspectives, immersing the reader deep into the psych of the characters. The narration is excellent ensuring a good pace and characterization. Even the background sound effects enhance the enjoyment.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-09-2018

It is done, Terry. It's all over.

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"It is done, Terry. It's all over now."
Just superb. Starting simply with the experiences of three young Austrian students in 1955, following rumours of lost German treasure in the area of Lake Topletz, this part alone merits the star rating. The tension is electric, encouraged both by the narration and a gentle background sound track, as the three dive and explore with metal detectors, uncovering what had to have been the old marine weapons test centre known to have been located there but subsequently destroyed. Then the time frame is switched back to the last months of WWII, the Test Centre itself and those working within it before following the individual lives of four American soldiers who had found the building just after it's abandonment.

The characterization is good, especially tracking the soldiers. Natural conversation and reactions from all of them, including the often muddled thought processes inside their heads. The adventure, although essentially a simple but good one, fully holds the reader's attention, pieces of the of the story being released through the book until the jigsaw picture is finally complete. And throughout the excellent narration by Ben Werling, there also runs a subtle reinforcing soundtrack.

I was most fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of The Kammersee Affair by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This is a book to experience not just to hear, and recommended to all who enjoy mystery thrillers especially those interested both in relic searches and the lives of soldiers in the latter part of, and following, war.
Yes, simply superb.