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LeVar Burton Reads
The best short fiction, handpicked by the world’s greatest storyteller. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, 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...Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to
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4.9 stars from 10,771 ratings
Thank you for all you do
You have brought me such joy from your storytelling. My infant daughter loves to listen to you read. It calms her down when nothing else seems to work.
Mermaidcharmer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/20
The best podcast ever
I was a little old for Reading Rainbow but loved you in Star Trek. I really love this podcast. I listen while doing chores around the house and it makes it so much more bearable! A story I’d love to hear is one I read many years ago and cannot remember the name but I think it was in a short...Read full review »
Loosecannon61 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/23/20
Mr. Burton Rules!
I loved Reading Rainbow as a kid and I love LeVar Burton Reads. To be read a story is a wonderful pleasure. I’m so glad I discovered this podcast.
Marcos mama via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/23/20
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