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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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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...

iTunes Ratings

11386 Ratings
Average Ratings
10760
320
134
74
98

Lavar Burton is a national treasure

By marimiller111 - Jun 02 2020
Read more
I knew I’d like this but it’s really wonderful. Great stories told by a great storyteller

Like balm for my soul

By valentinewiggan - Jun 01 2020
Read more
LeVar Burton reading. The title says it all. It is wonderful :)

iTunes Ratings

11386 Ratings
Average Ratings
10760
320
134
74
98

Lavar Burton is a national treasure

By marimiller111 - Jun 02 2020
Read more
I knew I’d like this but it’s really wonderful. Great stories told by a great storyteller

Like balm for my soul

By valentinewiggan - Jun 01 2020
Read more
LeVar Burton reading. The title says it all. It is wonderful :)
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LeVar Burton Reads

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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...

Rank #1: "Empty Places" Part One by Richard Parks

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An accomplished thief is approached by a wizard who wants to send him on an unusual mission. The two embark on a journey together, matching wits along the way. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jun 27 2017

45mins

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Rank #2: "The Hofzinser Club" by Michael Chabon

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A boy studies magic and escape artistry in 1930s Prague, hoping to become a member of an illustrious magicians' club. From Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. 



This episode is sponsored by Aspen Institute (www.aspenideas.org/podcast).

Oct 29 2019

53mins

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Rank #3: "The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link

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Twin girls are left with a babysitter in a haunted house.

“The Specialist’s Hat” © 1998 by Kelly Link. Originally published in Event Horizon, 1998, and reprinted in Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen (Small Beer Press, 2001) and Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters (Viking Books For Young Readers, 2008).



This episode is sponsored by Villains (www.parcast.com/VILLAINS) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Oct 22 2019

50mins

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Rank #4: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang

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A wandering merchant in medieval Baghdad is brought before the Caliph, and recounts tales of ingenious gates that allow time travel to the past and future. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 05 2019

53mins

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Rank #5: "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions. "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" is the title story of Lesley Nneka Arimah's collection from Riverhead Books.


Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 11 2017

45mins

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Rank #6: "Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman

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An elderly widow purchases the Holy Grail at a second-hand store, and becomes wrapped up in an epic quest. "Chivalry" appears in Neil Gaiman's collection SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SHORT FICTIONS AND ILLUSIONS from William Morrow, which is available on Audible. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 25 2017

40mins

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Rank #7: "Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

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An ordinary couple experiences an extraordinary event during a walk in the park. "Jump" was first published in LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Cadwell Turnbull's debut novel is THE LESSON.

Oct 15 2019

31mins

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Rank #8: "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler

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A telepath uses her skills to mentor children with psionic ability. "Childfinder" is available in e-book format in the collection UNEXPECTED STORIES, published by Open Road Media. The story is copyright Ernestine Walker-Zadnick. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar. And thanks to Fictional. Find them at apple.fictional.fm.

Apr 03 2018

40mins

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Rank #9: "The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury

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A visitor's arrival delivers both wonder and heartache to a rural community. This story appears in Ray Bradbury's collection THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Mar 06 2018

48mins

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Rank #10: LIVE! in Boston: "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu

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A space traveler flashes back to memories of his childhood in Japan, before the world ended. Recorded live at the Wilbur Theatre with music provided by Katy Wherry and Jake Wherry. "Mono No Aware" appears in THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES. Ken Liu's new anthology, BROKEN STARS, is out this month.


This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).

Feb 12 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: "Empty Places" Part Two by Richard Parks

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In the conclusion to our story, Jayn risks death when he infiltrates the queen’s chambers, and discovers the real reason for his mission. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 04 2017

33mins

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Rank #12: "Staying Behind" by Ken Liu

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As humanity tiptoes toward the Singularity, what happens to those who are left behind? This story appears in Ken Liu's new collection THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES. It was first published in CLARKESWORLD in 2011.

Content advisory: death

Mar 10 2020

51mins

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Rank #13: "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

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A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED WONDERS.


This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LeVar).

Sep 25 2018

48mins

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Rank #14: "Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois

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Two people reconnect in a post-apocalyptic world. © 1984 by Gardner Dozois. Originally published in OMNI. Used by permission of the author’s Estate and the Estate’s agents, the Virginia Kidd Agency, Inc.



This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Sierra Club (www.BeyondCoal.org/stories), The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR), and Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).

Oct 09 2018

31mins

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Rank #15: "Graham Greene" by Percival Everett

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A man is contacted by a 102-year-old woman with an unusual and seemingly impossible request. "Graham Greene" appears in Percival Everett's collection HALF AN INCH OF WATER, available from Graywolf Press.Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 18 2017

49mins

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Rank #16: "The House on the Moon" by William Alexander

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A castle's mysteries begin to slowly unravel. Content advisory: mentions of death, eugenics



This episode is sponsored by Mythical Monsters podcast (www.parcast.com/mythicalmonsters)

Oct 01 2019

50mins

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Rank #17: "Sea Girls" by Daniel Wallace

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Two teenagers deal with family issues... and a stranded sea creature.

Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/levar and use promo code 'LEVAR'.



This episode is sponsored by Hungry Root (www.hungryroot.com code: LEVAR) and Google Play (g.co/play/levar).

Jul 31 2018

45mins

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Rank #18: “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn

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A scientist fights for the investigation of an unidentified object in space. "The Best We Can" appears in Carrie Vaughn's collection AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES.


This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton).

Apr 23 2019

46mins

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Rank #19: "Miracle" by Tope Folarin

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A congregation eagerly anticipates the healing powers of a blind prophet. "Miracle" © 2019 by Tope Folarin. From Harvard's Transition magazine, Issue 109, Fall 2012.


This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR).

Apr 02 2019

43mins

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Rank #20: "Yiwu" by Lavie Tidhar

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For a humble shopkeeper in Yiwu, it’s a living, selling lottery tickets. Until a winning ticket opens up mysteries he’d never imagined.


This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR), and Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories).

Oct 02 2018

53mins

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"Pockets" by Amal El-Mohtar

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What could it mean to reach into your pocket and pull out... something that wasn't there before? Find more from Amal El-Mohtar at www.amalelmohtar.com.

Aug 11 2020

42mins

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A Conversation with James McBride (and News About Season 7!)

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You heard that correctly -- we're coming back for a new season starting August 11! So make sure to hit subscribe if you haven't already, and check out LeVar's recent conversation with James McBride, author of "Goat" from our very first live show. 

This virtual book tour stop was presented by Linda McLoughlin Figel of {pages} a bookstore, and by Eso Won Books. We suggest ordering your copy of James McBride's new novel, DEACON KING KONG, online from either of these fine independent booksellers!
www.pagesabookstore.com
www.esowonbookstore.com

Aug 04 2020

28mins

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Introducing Imani State of Mind

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We're working on new episodes of LeVar Burton Reads right now(!) -- and while you wait, here's a preview of Imani State of Mind. It's a new podcast from Stitcher that demystifies mental health and wellness in an accessible and approachable way. Dr. Imani Walker (from Bravo’s Married to Medicine) equips listeners with the right language and tools to normalize this stigmatized topic, in addition to finding laughter and light in navigating these struggles. Listen now in your favorite podcast app!

Jun 25 2020

7mins

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"The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

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

"The Foster Portfolio" is from WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE by Kurt Vonnegut. Copyright © 1968 by Kurt Vonnegut, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.

Apr 14 2020

46mins

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"Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 2

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Join us for the conclusion to Toni Morrison's tale. Twyla and Roberta's longstanding and complicated friendship becomes more challenging as they become adults.

Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language

Apr 07 2020

44mins

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"Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1

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Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.

Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language

Mar 31 2020

38mins

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"Let Those Who Would" by Genevieve Valentine

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A dystopian society tackles fake news.

Content advisory: violence

Mar 24 2020

42mins

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"A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone

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In order to live an urban lifestyle as a father and husband, a domesticated vampire must suppress his darker urges. This story first appeared at Tor.com

Content advisory: references to violence, death

Mar 17 2020

55mins

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"Staying Behind" by Ken Liu

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As humanity tiptoes toward the Singularity, what happens to those who are left behind? This story appears in Ken Liu's new collection THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES. It was first published in CLARKESWORLD in 2011.

Content advisory: death

Mar 10 2020

51mins

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"Skinwalker, Fast-Talker" by Darcie Little Badger

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A tabloid reporter sets out to investigate a fast-talking con man who may or may not be the trickster Coyote.

Mar 03 2020

42mins

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"End Game" by Nancy Kress

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A man becomes obsessed with quieting the thoughts and static in his brain. You can find this story in FOUNTAIN OF AGE by Nancy Kress.

Feb 25 2020

44mins

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"SPAM" by Savannah Burney

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A misanthropic B&B owner is unsettled by an encounter with one of his guests. Follow Savannah Burney on Twitter @savannahburney.

Feb 18 2020

44mins

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"As Worlds Collide" by Stephen Michell

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A young couple tries to make sense of an influx of mythic creatures. This story was first published in THOSE WHO MAKE US: CANADIAN CREATURE, MYTH, AND MONSTER STORIES.

Feb 11 2020

47mins

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"Valedictorian" by N.K. Jemisin

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A smart, stubborn high school student sets her own rules in a near-future dystopia. This story appears in N.K. Jemisin's collection HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?

Content advisory: language

Feb 04 2020

54mins

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"Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear

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A sentient robot searches for her purpose in a post-war world. This story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in March 2007. It is available in THE BEST OF ELIZABETH BEAR.

Content advisory: Brief violence/combat, mentions of death

Jan 28 2020

45mins

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BONUS: Behind the Scenes and a Sneak Peek at Season 6!

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Get ready for Season 6! Get a peek behind the curtain as LeVar talks about story selection, vocal exercises, and finding characters' voices. 

This season will feature stories by NK Jemisin, Elizabeth Bear, Max Gladstone, Ken Liu and many more of your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite!) authors.

Jan 21 2020

13mins

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The Paris Review Podcast Returns

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Embark on audio adventures through The Paris Review's fiction, poetry, interviews, archival recordings, and sonic imaginings with the likes of Toni Morrison, Simone de Beauvoir, Tennessee Williams, and today's leading writers. Featuring readings and writings from Charlotte Rampling, Philip Roth, Jason Alexander, Jenny Slate, Devendra Banhart, Danez Smith, Sharon Olds, Lucille Clifton, Molly Ringwald, Salman Rushdie, and more!


Season 2 of The Paris Review Podcast is out NOW -- listen wherever you get your podcasts. More info at www.theparisreview.org/podcast.

Nov 06 2019

12mins

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"The Hofzinser Club" by Michael Chabon

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A boy studies magic and escape artistry in 1930s Prague, hoping to become a member of an illustrious magicians' club. From Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. 



This episode is sponsored by Aspen Institute (www.aspenideas.org/podcast).

Oct 29 2019

53mins

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"The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link

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Twin girls are left with a babysitter in a haunted house.

“The Specialist’s Hat” © 1998 by Kelly Link. Originally published in Event Horizon, 1998, and reprinted in Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen (Small Beer Press, 2001) and Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters (Viking Books For Young Readers, 2008).



This episode is sponsored by Villains (www.parcast.com/VILLAINS) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Oct 22 2019

50mins

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"Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

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An ordinary couple experiences an extraordinary event during a walk in the park. "Jump" was first published in LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Cadwell Turnbull's debut novel is THE LESSON.

Oct 15 2019

31mins

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iTunes Ratings

11386 Ratings
Average Ratings
10760
320
134
74
98

Lavar Burton is a national treasure

By marimiller111 - Jun 02 2020
Read more
I knew I’d like this but it’s really wonderful. Great stories told by a great storyteller

Like balm for my soul

By valentinewiggan - Jun 01 2020
Read more
LeVar Burton reading. The title says it all. It is wonderful :)