195 episodes

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting and presented in 3D immersive audio. 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 Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Nnedi Okorafor, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Liu and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

Our immersive audio is best with headphones! If you'd prefer to listen without immersive audio, visit levarburtonpodcast.com/mono.

LeVar Burton Reads Stitcher Studios

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting and presented in 3D immersive audio. 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 Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Nnedi Okorafor, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Liu and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

Our immersive audio is best with headphones! If you'd prefer to listen without immersive audio, visit levarburtonpodcast.com/mono.

    "The Toynbee Convector" by Ray Bradbury

    "The Toynbee Convector" by Ray Bradbury

    The world's only time traveler finally reveals his secrets. "The Toynbee Convector" © 1983 by Ray Bradbury

    Content advisory: suicide

    • 43 min
    "The November Story" by Rebecca Makkai

    "The November Story" by Rebecca Makkai

    A reality TV show producer tries to make love happen, on- and off-screen. “The November Story” is from MUSIC FOR WARTIME by Rebecca Makkai, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

    Find LeVar on Instagram Live on Monday, May 6th from 6:30-8pm Pacific, celebrating 13 seasons of LeVar Burton Reads! Join us for a Q&A and surprise guests. Follow @levar.burton on IG and sign up for reminders!

    • 49 min
    "She Builds Quick Machines" by Lyndsie Manusos

    "She Builds Quick Machines" by Lyndsie Manusos

    Robotics, quick machines, fugitives -- none are exactly what they seem on the surface. Find more from the author at https://lyndsiekay.wordpress.com. And find LeVar on Instagram Live on Monday, May 6th from 6:30-8pm Pacific, celebrating 13 seasons of LeVar Burton Reads! Join us for a Q&A and surprise guests. Follow @levar.burton on IG and mark your calendar!

    Content advisory: warfare, death

    • 38 min
    "When the Apples are Ripe" by Diane Oliver

    "When the Apples are Ripe" by Diane Oliver

    A young boy puzzles over the behavior of his mysterious elderly neighbor, his parents, and his older brother, a budding civil rights activist.

    This story appears in the collection entitled NEIGHBORS AND OTHER STORIES by Diane Oliver, published by Grove Press.

    Content advisory: racial slur, racism

    • 44 min
    "The Coffin Maker" by AnaMaria Curtis

    "The Coffin Maker" by AnaMaria Curtis

    On a long mission to search for a new home planet, an outfitter tries to protect the crewmembers' lives. But can she protect herself from the inevitable loss and heartbreak? This story first appeared in Uncanny Magazine. For more from the author, check out anamariacurtis.com.

    Content advisory: pandemic, death

    • 49 min
    "The Appropriation of Cultures" by Percival Everett

    "The Appropriation of Cultures" by Percival Everett

    A young Black musician is heckled by a group of white fraternity brothers, asking him to play "Dixie." His response surprises everyone, including himself. This story appears in the collection DAMNED IF I DO, published by Graywolf Press.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

glibglobpokemon ,

Made me appreciate my own culture

I used to read so many books when I was younger, but after I started working, I just didn’t seem to have the time. I tried audiobooks, but the joy of blasting through an epic saga in one sitting is almost impossible when listening to a much longer audio version. These short stories read by Mr. Levar Burton are exactly the right length for a quick breather from the daily toil of life, and give me the escape I used to enjoy when lost in a paperback novel.

When Levar read “A Kite of Stars” by Dean Francis Alfar, I was shocked at never having heard of the story, although Alfar is a well-known author in my country. I was in the mall where I had been listening to the podcast, and had to retreat to a public bathroom to cry for a while at the impact the ending made on me. From what I have heard so far, a common theme of the stories Levar likes is that life is hard, often unfair, and you often question the meaning of it all, but there is beauty in this world, and you can still do great things, even though your heart aches.

This podcast is very well-produced and Mr. Burton reads beautifully, even though it was amusing to hear him place the emphasis on the wrong syllable of ‘tikbalang’ and some other Filipino words, which is obviously excusable and his effort highly commendable. I was so happy he picked a story from our country to read and realized I don’t give enough credit to my own culture and history (colonial mentality is still strong here). I can not recommend this podcast enough to people who have fallen out of the habit of reading, as these short stories are manageable little episodes to get you back in the groove.

carljavier ,

Love this podcast. Perfect for literature fans

I grew up watching Reading Rainbow and it instilled in me a love of stories. This is a wonderful podcast to run into now, continuing Mr. Burton's wonderful work in making literature accessible.

I enjoy not just the well produced readings but also the author interviews. Great listening.

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