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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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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.




In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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Hooked from the start

The narrator Ben Werling, was excellent, brilliant with all the different characters

A lot happening, A very good listen. You have adventure, crime, mystery, oh yes nazi gold.

Highly recommend..

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A great novel and well read

Very compelling and plausible quest for Nazi gold . Interesting characters and locations.
Highly recommended

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Brilliant book

I really enjoyed this book based around world war 2 it was heartfelt and intriguing

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Really absorbing!

This story was beautifully told over two time zones. Mid sixties treasure hunters and the last few months of a WWII military base and it’s personnel. A complex tale of greed, murder, blackmail and time brining all things into focus. It could almost be a true story as it’s so convincingly portrayed. John Holt can certainly write interesting dialogue and Ben Werling can just as certainly deliver it. Although not a war story as such, it does still give the atmosphere of the confusion and panic in the closing days of that terrible time. Certainly an enjoyable book, well worth buying.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 12-11-18

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
  • 25-11-18

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
  • 22-10-18

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
  • 02-10-18

The Kammersee Affair

I enjoyed listening to this interesting story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Claire
  • 28-09-18

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
  • 11-09-18

interesting plot.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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
  • 31-08-18

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
chapter.


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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  • MDW 77
  • 06-04-20

Descent Story, Hate the Sound Effects

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
The story and the narration are pretty good, but I couldn't finish the book due to the annoying sound effects. I don't mind some sound effects used in an audio book, but the producer put way too many in this particular one. I would rather try to read this story than listen to it as performed. If you don't mind sound effects, you will probably enjoy this story.

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  • Dennis
  • 09-02-20

Nazi Gold, Murder, Germany Secret Sights, WW II

First grab any book or audiobook by John Holt the story he weaves are so well done they combine both history and fantasy. The way he starts in the present and then ties the pass into the storyline you actually live the story in this audiobook he added sounds which made the story come more alive.
The story starts in 1955 ten years after the war is over and two of the characters are there at the lake for treasure hunting and the third character is there to try and find out what happen to his father who was a German Sargent. As they get to know each other they start to be friends and learn about each others and help each other in their searches. Then you are thrown back in time to 1945 at the end of the war when eight American soldiers comes into Austria and capture the sight where a top secret military test sight was with the lost of three of the American soldiers. After that the war and they head home they stop in New York. Ther the storyline splits into four story for each surviving solder to the present 1955 the lives and the death of one of the soldiers after he go back to Germany in 1946 and is killed after he shot a SS Officer who had killed a personal soldier and friend.
To be honest it is a story of love, honor, murders a real rollercoaster of many emotions you feel and hear in the voice of Ben the narrator who brings each and ever character alive and breathing, their tears, their laughter and the feeling of lost of a brother in arms.

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  • Connie
  • 03-01-20

Great story, excellent narrator & special effects

This is a very fascinating story and the narrator was great and the special effects were out of this world.