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Don Hagen

Picture of Don HagenI started narrating audiobooks in 1997, as a volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), which was recently renamed Learning Ally. Over the years I maintained a twice-weekly recording schedule at Learning Ally and logged more than seven hundred hours in the booth.  Although Learning Ally’s mission revolves around textbooks, I recorded several novels and biographies during my time there.

I joined the team of narrators at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, in 2004.  As we record a broad range of books, I’ve had the opportunity to narrate a wide variety of genres, such as biographies, memoirs, historical fiction, nonfiction, thrillers, suspense, adventure, essays, short stories, young adult books, and classics.  I’ve probably recorded more Civil War-era books than anything else; and because I grew up in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, this part of history has interested me since boyhood.

In addition to my work at NLS, I narrate commercial audiobooks in my home studio and am active in the local voice-over community, recording commercials and documentaries throughout the year.  I take an active role in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild, the two unions that have jurisdiction over much of the production work performers do across the country.  (If you’d like to hear some samples of my projects and see a complete list of books I’ve narrated, please visit my website, www.donhagen.com.Link off NLS site)

PS: For those who may wonder, no, I’m not related to Ray Hagen.  His name is certainly more familiar than mine as he’s been at the NLS studio far longer than I have. I do value the outstanding work Ray does here, however—even if he’s not a relative!

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Posted on 2013-06-28