This Crowded Earth

Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(4.4 stars; 241 reviews)

Robert Bloch (1917 – 1994) was a prolific writer in many genres. As a young man he was encouraged by his mentor H. P. Lovecraft, and was a close friend of Stanley G. Weinbaum. Besides hundreds of short stories and novels he wrote a number of television and film scripts including several for the original Star Trek. In 1959 Bloch wrote the novel Psycho which Alfred Hitchcock adapted to film a year later. He received the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and he is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America. Published in Amazing Stories in 1958, This Crowded Earth is a thriller set on an overpopulated Earth of the future. (Summary by Gregg Margarite) (3 hr 35 min)


01 - Harry Collins - 1997 29:22 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
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03 - President Winthrop – 1999 7:15 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
04 - Harry Collins – 2000 6:34 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
05 - Minnie Schultz – 2009 8:02 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
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07 - Michael Cavendish – 2027 10:54 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
08 - Harry Collins – 2029 21:39 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
09 - Eric Donovan – 2031 16:45 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
10 - Harry Collins – 2032 15:52 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
11 - Jesse Pringle – 2039 5:51 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
12 - Littlejohn – 2065 24:29 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)


Good story, loved the ending!

(5 stars)

The human race has gotten too large, and everyone is crowded. How can this be solved? By shrinking everyone. Oh wait, don't we need human guinea pigs to experiment on for that? The people will never stand for it, so I guess it must be done in secret. And if it does work, what are the long-term implications of this genetic tampering? The author does a nice job of exploring this hot topic and what the results might be. The reader is excellent. This was a great story; I enjoyed it a lot.


(4.5 stars)

Interesting perspective on over- population. Even though the story vividly portrayed a very depressing situation and main character, I'm glad I listened. I found this to be very interesting. Also, Gregg is one of my very favorite readers making it even better.


(5 stars)

Another fantastic story, and another great read by Gregg Margarite! You won't see it coming! Every time you think you know where this story is going it flips on you! Wish LibriVox had more Bloch stories.

this crowded earth

(4 stars)

Great reader and sound quality! The story is rather original and already well described in the other reviews. I would also recommend this book For the downsides I would just add that the plot is sometimes illogical and I wish they had female characters doing something else than existing to procreate.

A great story with a great ending

(4 stars)

The story was not what I expected, the plot kept me guessing throwing a curve ball or two when least expected, then finishing with a great ending. The late Greg Margarite did superb job reading, as usual, rest in peace Greg.

Over Population? The solution may be worse!

(5 stars)

Over population a problem? Why not make people smaller! Good Book, mildly dystopic, the storyline seems plausable given the level of genetic manipulation we have achieved.

At least the 50's gave us Sci-fi

(5 stars)

There are acts of imagination which produce what is essentially knowledge of the future. This book is among them. Suspend disbelief and roll with the inevitable anachronisms and wonder that a work of such prescience emerged from the 50's. The modern reader is subjected to minimal Atomic Age bombast. The individual human is always the hero of their own story and this narrative underpins our sense of wellbeing. Unfortunately this perspective scales quite poorly, and may in fact be a fatal adaptation. We're not going to have billions of heros. We're going to have billions and people in boxes. Anyway, read it, it's good!

This Crowded Earth - Robert Bloch

(5 stars)

An excellent reading of an excellent story! I was captivated and terified by Mr. Bloch's solution to what is sure to be the human race's final problem.