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Overlord, Vol. 1 (Light Novel): The Undead King

By: Kugane Maruyama,so-bin
Narrated by: Chris Guerrero
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For 12 years, the virtual world of Yggdrasil has served as the playground and battlefield for the skeletal lord Momonga and his guild of fellow monsters, Ainz Ooal Gown. But the guild's glory days are over, and the game is shutting down permanently. When Momonga logs in one last time just to be there when the servers go dark, something happens - and suddenly, fantasy is reality. A rogues' gallery of fanatically devoted NPCs is ready to obey his every order, but the world Momonga now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The game may be over, but the epic tale of Ainz Ooal Gown is only beginning....

©2012 Kugane Maruyama (P)2021 Yen Audio

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Great but some translation errors

All is great except these errors that given the time passed since the book translation should have been fixed already:

Chapter 2:
It still says in some parts that Bukubuku Chagama (Bubbling Teapot) and Peroroncino are sisters.

Chapter 5:
They talk about "monsters that could break a country called Nation Breakers". When in reality they are talking about Landfall (or Nation Breaker), a single being.

That said, I really liked it and I'm looking forward volume 2.

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A GREAT start to the series!

This has been an audiobook I have been anticipating for a very long time. The wait has been very much worth it!! when I first listened to the audiobook at work I was so very well hooked by Chris's performance that I got halfway through the book before I had even realized it! Of course, I can't give Chris's performance enough praise! With him being the dubbed voice of Ainz in the anime, just hearing him read the lines from the light novel was worth it! I can only hope and pray that we get an audiobook of the other volumes soon, and that Chris will continue to narrate!

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Need all of them now

I need all of the volumes yesterday I am a great fan of the anime series and the only reason I didn’t sit down and read them normally because of my dyslexia I would’ve absolutely loved all 15 of these books to be on audible

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really good!

I've watched the anime of this series, I was very happy that the book came to audio. it is obviously much better and the voice acting is done very well! I highly recommend it.

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It Is About Time.

I've been waiting for this audiobook. in my opinion, this is one of the best light novels you can buy. If you are an fan of the anime, this is the novel for you. The fact that Chris Guerrero is reading the book is awesome. You have Ainz Ooal Gown reading to you. For myself, it was a wonderful experience listening to this book. I can't wait for the rest of the audiobooks to drop.

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great story but not enough voices

its good but I wish their were more voiceovers for characters like albedo and others.

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Great adaptation

Great adaptation and narration
Can’t wait for the next light novels . In my opinion better than the Anime

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Absolutely awesome!

Having Overlord being read by Ainz/Momonga himself is perfection! Chris Guerrero did a magnificent job! His Ainz sounded just like his anime dub performance and his different voices mirrored their dub versions too like Demiurges voice. I really hope the entire series is made into an audio book! Even though I've read these books before, I really enjoyed listening to them and it felt like a whole new experience. Chris Guerrero really gave it his all and I highly recommend this audio book!

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Wonderful story great characters

loved the characters and story it dose overdescribe at parts which caused some parts to drag on far longer then they should have. I also could not stand the voice for Albedo and far to many characters sound identical to the main lead which caused some conversations to become confusing. Overall I really enjoyed my time with this book and I will be getting the next volume.

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Just watch the show

This was fine, but unlike most books, the show was at least as good, if not better.

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  • Julian Mollmann
  • 10-22-21

Narrator's the voice actor of Momonga

in the angles ah dub. Fantastic performance Chris, might actually watch the show in English now.

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  • Kayse Sheridan
  • 09-24-21

amazing story and read by the dub lead VA, 10/10

hearing lord Ainz read the Overlord story is just perfect. even if you do not like dubs, please give it a try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-21

Bone Daddy is amazing

All hail the bone daddy, and his most beautiful bone daddy voice, it was delightful to listen to

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  • Kris
  • 10-28-21

hope they release more soon , it was a fun listen

it's my favourite Issekai so just had to listen to the audiobook and I wasn't disappointed ^-^

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  • Alexander Ellis
  • 10-19-21

Love the Momonga Voice

An awesome book and a great job overall with narration, but the narrator needs to branch out a bit. some of the voices were rather similar.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-07-22

Overlord is Pretty Good

As a fan of fantasy novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I believe that, despite the lack of content in this edition, there will be more in the following books, and it contains fantastic political detail in comparison to some other novels I can think of. The Magic, while simple, is done well, and the book does a good job of describing the characters to provide an in-depth description. While the story may be slow at times, it makes up for it in sheer quality and detail.

The narrator, on the other hand, is a fantastic, trained, and possibly one of the best choices for this book, as the original English Dubbed voice actor for the Anime TV Show. He perfectly voices Ainz, but every now and then I get confused about who is Ainz and who just has a deep/old voice. However, the minor flaw has no bearing on Chris's overall performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-22

Americans can't pronounce words properly

I have read the Overlord light novels several times and wanted to try out the audiobooks but good lord the reader is absolutely dreadful. Not only can he not pronounce names correctly the voices he makes for the characters are terrible. Going to go back to reading the books to cleanse my mind.

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  • sean Wilkinson
  • 10-01-21

a long wait but the narrator disappointed

the narrator needs to use different voices for other characters, it become impossible to tell which character is talking when there's a back and forth between Ainz and Gazef.

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  • Isaac
  • 09-17-21

love it, start to finish, need the others asap,

after wanting the anime some of the voices seemed off to me (obviously) but I think he did an outstanding job

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  • Highborn
  • 09-15-21

Finally

After reading the ln, I'm happy that it exists in this form.
I can listen to it during work or driving. Would recommend even if you read the lns.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-22

A great isekai.

I enjoyed this audio book immensely. The narrator is great and Overlord is another light novel done justice.

Yen audio has outdone themselves yet again.

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  • rachael
  • 09-19-22

Amazing performance !

Amazing performance by Chris Guerrero. Thank you so much for reading. Great translation and opening book to an amazing new journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-22

everything I could have hoped for

I can honestly say that having these novels read by the same voice actor as the anime was the best touch. the novels are more detailed than the anime and are fantastic! just.... *chef's kiss*

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Fantastic

Being a huge fan of the anime I was excited to hear the source material, and to have it read by Chris was even more to be excited about, my expectations were not only met but exceeded. Loved it

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  • K-2
  • 03-08-22

Excellent rendition of the story

As an Overlord fan, this audio book was a grateful surprise: the delivery from the actor was excellent (I think he is the voice of Ainz in the english version of the anime), which made the story even better. Highly recommended.

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  • Kyle
  • 02-20-22

A great deep dive into the world of overlord

As a fan of the animated series it’s great to be able to learn more about the story that the anime can’t show in its limited run time. People who haven’t read a Light novel before will complain about the length but that just means you get more story packed into individual volumes (Vol 1 covers around 2 episodes of the anime)

As for the narration, it’s awesome to hear the English voice actor of the main character bringing life to the story, making it easy to move between the source materials.