148 episodes

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

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    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

    Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

    Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

    A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED WONDERS. Find more of Ellen's writing for adults and middle grade readers at ellenklages.com.
    Content advisory: disappearance of a child

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    • 48 min
    Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaimed debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, as well as BLACK SUN, the first installment of her 'Between Earth and Sky' series. You can preorder the next book, FEVERED STAR, right now. Check out rebeccaroanhorse.com for updates on her novels, comics, and television writing.

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    • 55 min
    Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press.

     

    Ken Liu's forthcoming novel, THE VEILED THRONE, is due out December 7th and is available for preorder now.

    Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent

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    • 49 min
    "On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    "On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to live in an old house by the sea.

    Find more from Silvia Moreno-Garcia at silviamoreno-garcia.com.

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    • 39 min
    "Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

    "Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

    An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This story was first published in SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS.

     

    Content advisory: Death, surgery

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    • 34 min
    "Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

    "Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

    A man questions his current existence -- and the life he remembers from before. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, and reprinted in Lightspeed.

    Content advisory: mention of mental illness

    Only a few more days to enter the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Littlesaintina ,

Reading Rainbow for adults

I grew up with Levar and reading rainbow is one of the reasons I have a great love of reading today. This podcast takes me back, the only thing that’s changed is the stories. Playing one of these will make any hour fly by.

2120 neko ,

Levar Reads is fantastic

It is great to hear stories that are so enjoyed and shared. Levar’s enthusiasm for story and their creators is infectious and encourages all of us to share our favourites with everyone.

RCB456 ,

Thank you Levar!

I am grateful to Levar Burton for sharing his love of stories in this way. I love the stories he selects, the way he reads them, and his thoughtful comments at the conclusion of the show. This podcast has brought be tremendous comfort throughout the pandemic. Me and my adult son, who introduced me to the podcast, talk about the stories we’ve listened to, and that is simply a lovely bonus. Thank you for bringing your kindness, your talent, and your great taste in stories to the world this way!!! A gift.

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