‎LeVar Burton Reads on Apple Podcasts

145 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 • 14.4K 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...

    "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
    "Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

    "Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

    A veteran pilot revisits memories, and searches for remnants of her old experimental smartship.

     

    Content advisory: War

    Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

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    • 49 min
    "The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich

    "The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich

    A woman recounts the story of her birth as a surprise twin and adoption by a Native American couple, and questions the strange presence she has felt with her since childhood.

     

    Louise Erdrich's novel THE SENTENCE will be published by Harper on November 9th.

    Content advisory: Adoption, medical issues, ableist language

    Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    "You Perfect, Broken Thing" by C.L. Clark

    "You Perfect, Broken Thing" by C.L. Clark

    An athlete trains to win a prize that would ensure her survival.

    Content advisory: Discussion of degenerative illness, death

    Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.4K Ratings

14.4K Ratings

Becksy381 ,

Perfect!

I watched reading rainbow growing up so finding this and listening to the episodes really hits me right in the feels. Exactly what I need when I need a break from the world these days!

Arii p. ,

So happy I found this

His voice brings back happy moments when I would sit down as a child and watch reading rainbow. When everything in life was simple. This podcast lets me revisit that feeling. What a brilliant man who taught so much and is continuing to bring happiness to all with this podcast! Thank you sir! 💛📚🌈

Turnip O'Houlihan ,

This voice!

Wow, what a good reader. I watched reading rainbow as a kid, and Lavar is still bringing us the drama! Love the deep breath and unhurried luxury of listening.

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