171 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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    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 15.7K 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...

    "The Golden Hour" by Jeffrey Ford

    "The Golden Hour" by Jeffrey Ford

    A time traveler is stranded in a small town. This story appears in SOMEONE IN TIME: TALES OF TIME-CROSSED ROMANCE, published by Solaris. Find more from Jeffrey Ford at well-builtcity.com.

    Content advisory: suicide

    • 57 min
    "The Lady of the Yellow-Painted Library" by Tobi Ogundiran

    "The Lady of the Yellow-Painted Library" by Tobi Ogundiran

    A hapless salesman flees the librarian hell-bent on retrieving her lost library book. This story appears in Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, published by Tordotcom in hardcover and e-book, and by Recorded Books in audiobook format. For more from the author, visit tobiogundiran.com.

    Content advisory: Explicit language, gore

    • 50 min
    "Wok Hei St" by Guan Un

    "Wok Hei St" by Guan Un

    A story of a stolen wok, magic, and manipulation. This story was originally published in Strange Horizons. You can find more of the author's work at guanun.com.

    • 42 min
    Immersive Remix: "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

    Immersive Remix: "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

    A financial advisor meets his new client: a hardworking, unassuming man with a curious and potentially life-changing secret.

    • 46 min
    Immersive Remix: "Silver Door Diner" by Bishop Garrison

    Immersive Remix: "Silver Door Diner" by Bishop Garrison

    A waitress is jolted from her morning routine when she's visited by a mysterious child.

    • 48 min
    Immersive Remix: "The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden

    Immersive Remix: "The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden

    A struggling college student gains new perspective on her studies from her classmate, who's come to study from another planet. Find more of the author's work at www.nickydrayden.com.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15.7K Ratings

15.7K Ratings

RowanCastle ,

Astounding

I adore LeVar and I’ve had this podcast on my list for ages, but it unfortunately got lost in the dozens of others I subscribe to. A friend recently reminded me of it, so I dove in and I’m *so* glad I did. Not only is LeVar a stellar storyteller (of course!), the production is beautiful. I wasn’t expecting the soft touches of music and effects that subtly add to the experience. Just beautifully done! LeVar’s insights on the stories are also sincere and thought-provoking. I’ve felt so touched and energized and inspired while listening. I hope this podcast never ends! Thank you, LeVar, for continuing to enrich me, just as you did when I was a child.
As for a suggestion: anything by Gerald L. Coleman!

Holodeck 3 ,

Soothing voice distracted…

…by new, pumped up production so not needed.
Your satin voice alone carries any story. I loved earlier podcasts before the pump. Keep it *real like you did before

jaunna25 ,

Thanks

Thanks for all the stories you have read they make me think they make me laugh and they make me cry. Can’t wait for the next story.

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