The People of the Crater

Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(4 stars; 178 reviews)

An air force pilot adrift in peacetime is recruited to join an Antarctic expedition. When a strange mist downs his plane he discovers an ancient alien civilization which has prophesized his arrival. Now he and his faithful pet Ana must descend to the depths of the crater and face the Black Ones in order to rescue the fair Thrala, daughter of the Ancient Ones. – Andre Norton (Alice Mary Norton) was a popular author of science fiction and fantasy who began publishing stories in the early 1930s. “The People of the Crater” was first published in volume 1 number 1 of Fantasy Book in 1947. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)

(1 hr 35 min)


The People of the Crater (Chapts. 1 – 6) 51:52 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
The People of the Crater (Chapts. 7 – 11) 43:23 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)


Neat sci-fi short

(5 stars)

Garren of Earth has been brought to an ancient civilization where he is told he has been selected to mate with Thrala, the princess. But, she is currently in the clutches of the Dark Ones. Garren must rescue her to prove he is worthy and also to save Thrala's people. Gregg does his usual excellent job reading this sci-fi. Thanks Gregg!


(2.5 stars)

I listened to and enjoyed a lot of Norton's books, but this proved to be a fiasco. One-dimensional characters, predictible plot and not much of a scifi story after all. Greg's voice was very pleasant but that was the only good part if this listen.

(1 stars)

I just couldn't do it. That machincal voice trying to be human. Which made it hard for reader to act out the different characters voices. I enjoy author, but after this, I will not listen to anything by the reader, can't do it.

The People Of The Crater

(4.5 stars)

One of the few Andre Norton books I have never read. I hope that one day Mark Nelson will do a version. Until then it will do. A good book by a great writer. A satisfactory reading.

Just "ok"

(3 stars)

Even though it was a short story and dated, it was a little weak on storyline and plot. not one of this authors better works. The reader did an excellent job though.

Meh !!!

(2 stars)

Good start, but then nothing but trite cliches !!! Glad they didn’t drag this out to full book !!!

the greatness of Norton shows early.

(5 stars)

the wonderful flavor of edger rice, and the wonder of a doc smith story line.

(3 stars)

Short story , simpler than most Norten tales. Reader has a clipped style that takes some getting used to