The People of the Crater

Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(3.9 stars; 244 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.

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.


(3 stars)

the performance was pretty good but the storyline is not Norton's best work.

what he just stoped writing at the end of part two no ending wh

(0.5 stars)

odd short story

(4 stars)

Enjoyed it for the most part..Miss Greg's readings


(3 stars)

Not the best story she ever wrote.


(3 stars)

I couldn't help feeling like the story jumped through itself a little like a sketch. I realize it's a short story but it felt kind of rushed or underdeveloped with awkward leaps, as if it were highly abridged from a book much longer. Funny because I've enjoyed other Andre Norton stories quite a bit. still an interesting concept.