151 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...

LeVar Burton Reads LeVar Burton and Stitcher

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    • 4.9 • 15.4K 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...

    Immersive Remix: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    Immersive Remix: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    A new immersive remix of a season one classic. 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.

    Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent

    • 53 min
    "Afterlife" by Stephen King

    "Afterlife" by Stephen King

    William Andrews, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, dies on September 23, 2012, and finds himself confronted with his life after death.



    "Afterlife" appears in Stephen King's collection THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS.

    Content advisory: Descriptions of death, illness, sexual assault

    • 47 min
    "The Last Truth" by AnaMaria Curtis

    "The Last Truth" by AnaMaria Curtis

    This week: the first place winner of the LeVar Burton Reads writing contest, as co-presented by FIYAH Literary Magazine and Tor.com! A runaway and indentured thief, Eri must provide a new secret to open each new lock, at the cost of her own memory.

    • 57 min
    "Troll Bridge" by Terry Pratchett

    "Troll Bridge" by Terry Pratchett

    An aging barbarian sets out to battle a bridge troll, mano a mano, and thus prove his mettle. “Troll Bridge” by Terry Pratchett, was first published in 1992. © Dunmanifestin Limited.

    • 38 min
    "John Dillinger and the Blind Magician" by Allison M. Dickson

    "John Dillinger and the Blind Magician" by Allison M. Dickson

    Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, looks to escape the feds with the help of a cunning wizard.



    Content advisory: Gunfire

    • 49 min
    "Open House on Haunted Hill" by John Wiswell

    "Open House on Haunted Hill" by John Wiswell

    A sentient house, haunted by its own loneliness, exercises its powers on a skeptic. This story was published by Diabolical Plots.



    Content advisory: Brief discussion of death

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15.4K Ratings

15.4K Ratings

VietnaMinja ,

The Placement Agency

Just finished listening to the story by Tobias Buckel and wow, such a great choice by Levar. No spoiler but be patient as the mystery unfolds, the reveal is so worth it.

Tripi The Fly®️ ,

Thank You :-)

Thank you for such a lovely program, it is diverse and highly enjoyable! I’ve always enjoyed LeVar Burton’s work in all forms, but this is so great to listen to, I just love it! It would be incredible to hear him read a children’s book of mine. I’d be so interested to hear his interpretation and delivery to the audience. It’s about a fly who can’t fly, but who longs for adventure! Tripi Takes Flight: The Amazing Adventures of Tripi The Fly. I’m looking forward to the next podcast! Keep up the wonderful world of reading, you make a difference in this world!

Kind regards,
Lori London

JarShannTom30 ,

Wonderful podcast!

I love hearing your voice, and I love the stories you read. Reminds me of Reading Rainbow and little girl me is very happy!

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