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LeVar Burton Reads

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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


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Latest Episodes

A scientist explores (and transcends) the limitations of the human body, using her daughter as a test subject. This story was first published by Find more from the author at more

4 days ago

LeVar Burton Reads is back with all-new episodes starting February 20th, but if you don't want to wait, you can get a taste right here! Look out for stories from Rebecca Makkai, Luis Alberto Urrea, Justin C. Key and more. We think 13 might be our luc... more

11 days ago

We champion the work of librarians at LeVar Burton Reads, not least because they preserve books and maintain archives of important information for generations to come. Today, we’re sharing a story from our friends over at Atlas Obscura. They'll intro... more

18 days ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 18.5k ratings
  • Awesomeness 🥇

    I can’t just listen to it once! These stories are amazing. I absolutely love how I feel. Like I’m standing in the story. I’m seeing his words in picture. Thank You LaVar for finding the perfect books that take me to another world. 100% talent! Please come to Cleveland!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States15 days ago
  • One of America’s uncles

    I love listening to LaVar. He is other one of the men that shaped my life growing up. He help me develop my love for reading. ( I missed his voice.) His movies taught me about cultures of the past and present. Then he shaped my wishes for the future. With this, I get to hear him again, his private thoughts, tidbits bits of his life. I am just so glad to have found this. Now I can take him with me for walks with my dog.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States17 days ago
  • Outstanding

    I cannot express how much I love to hear these stories being read. LeVar does an amazing job helping you connect to the stories, through the introduction and the fantastic way that he reads the characters. I have recommended this to everyone I know and will continue to do so. This podcast is one of those magical ones where you wish you could forget it all and just listen over and over again.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom17 days ago
  • Do yourself a favor and listen

    He’s a national treasure and this podcast is one of the many reasons why.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States19 days ago
  • Something to think about in every story

    Always enjoy the story selections, performance and sound design. I read Gubeikou Spirit from Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen last year and immediately thought of what y’all would make of it. Keep up the good work.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States22 days ago

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