Don Hagen

Don Hagen started narrating audiobooks in 1997, as a volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), which was recently renamed Learning Ally. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress. Don spends most of his time recording commercial audiobooks in his home studio in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife, Wendy, and their faithful Labradoodle, Riley.

  • Moscow, December 25, 1991

    By Conor O'Clery

    Read by Don Hagen

    The Last Day of the Soviet Union

    Conor O'Clery has written a unique and truly suspenseful thriller of the day the Soviet Union died.

    "Shrewd political history...O'Clery presents a colorful human-scale saga, full of pathos and pettiness. (As Gorbachev was preparing his farewell address, Yeltsin sent minions to evict his family from their dacha.) But he also illuminates larger historical forces: the revival of nationalist politics in the breakaway Soviet republics; the desperate food shortages as the command economy lost its authority; the social enervation that left no one willing to defend the Soviet system by force. The result is a revealing portrait of one of history's greatest upheavals." - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Aug 23 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Give Me a Fast Ship

    By Tim McGrath

    Read by Don Hagen

    The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

    Five ships against hundreds—the American Navy vs the greatest naval force the world had ever seen.

    Give Me a Fast Ship is an exhaustively researched and fluently rendered account of the first incarnation of the American navy. In telling this fascinating and sprawling tale, Tim McGrath never loses sight of the human dimension of his subject...McGrath has mined archival sources that have been largely neglected in previous histories. The result is a thoroughly readable history of an integral aspect of the campaign for American independence. - Ian W. Toll, author of Six Frigates

    Released Tue Jul 19 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • When I First Held You

    By Brian Gresko

    Read by Don Hagen

    22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

    From today’s acclaimed writers comes a rich collection of essays on what it means to be a dad.

    These gifted writers charge full-force into the heart of fatherhood…[An] impressive collection. - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Sep 20 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • The Jazz of Physics

    By Stephon Alexander

    Read by Don Hagen

    The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

    A fascinating examination of the interconnected mysteries of our music and universe.

    "Using his own life as the baseline, Alexander...sweetly riffs on deep connections between music and cosmology...Alexander's account of his own rise from humble beginnings to produce contributions to both cosmology and jazz is as interesting as the marvelous connections he posits between jazz and physics." - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Army of Evil

    By Adrian Weale

    Read by Don Hagen

    A History of the SS

    In Nazi Germany, they were called the Schutzstaffel. The world would know them as the dreaded SS.

    “Compelling…Weale elucidates the warped values which enabled this sinister organization to commit some of the worst crimes in recorded history. This is an extremely important audiobook which I recommend most highly.” - Michael Burleigh, author of Moral Combat

    Released Tue Jul 19 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Pacific Payback

    By Stephen L. Moore

    Read by Don Hagen

    The Carrier Aviators Who Avenged Pearl Harbor at the Battle of Midway

    Author Stephen L. Moore brings to life inspiring stories of individual sacrifice and bravery.

    Deeply researched and well-written, Pacific Payback is by far the most detailed account of U.S.S. Enterprise's dive-bombers, and their decisive role at the Battle of Midway. - Jonathan Parshall, co-author of Shattered Sword

    Released Tue Sep 20 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • The Dead And Those About To Die

    By John C. McManus, PhD

    Read by Don Hagen

    D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

    An account of the 1st Infantry Division's D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach.

    “Magnificent! I could not put this book down. John McManus has expanded our knowledge of D-Day history by a considerable factor. It is a great read and will appeal to both devoted students of World War II as well as those with a more casual interest. Don't miss it!” - Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach

    Released Tue Jul 19 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Candide

    By Voltaire

    Read by Don Hagen

    Candide, is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment.

    Released Tue Apr 26 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • The Birth of Classical Europe

    By Simon Price and Peter Thonemann

    Read by Don Hagen

    A History From Troy to Augustine

    A work of research and imagination, The Birth of Classical Europe is an authoritative history.

    "This audio book soars unhurriedly and lucidly, over vast tracts of time and space, alighting gracefully upon telling details, and marshalling impressively up-to-date archaeological finds." - The Tablet (UK)

    Released Tue Oct 25 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • China's Second Continent

    By Howard French

    Read by Don Hagen

    How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

    An account of China's presence in Africa, an empire shaping the future of millions of people.

    “China’s trade with Africa has grown dramatically…But China’s investments…are less significant for this rapidly evolving relationship, according to this 15-country survey by veteran African correspondent French, than the significant flow of new Chinese immigrants—often pushed out by the pressure and oppression back home as much as lured by opportunity. In vivid first-person reportage, French explores this momentous phenomenon, while challenging assumptions about China and Chinese immigrants…The book will appeal to students of China and Africa, and anyone interested in the shifting contours of the global economy and its geopolitical consequences.” - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Apr 26 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • The Republic

    By Plato

    Read by Don Hagen

    Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson

    Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato's Republic that has yet been published.

    Released Tue Oct 25 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Intrepid Aviators

    By Gregory G. Fletcher

    Read by Don Hagen

    The True Story of U.S.S. Intrepid's Torpedo Squadron 18 And Its Epic Clash With The Superbattleship Musashi

    The true story of the World War II Pacific naval battle that made a dramatic difference.

    "Gregory Fletcher's enthralling Intrepid Aviators beautifully recreates the epic clash between the USS Intrepid's Torpedo Squadron 18 and the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the most important engagements of World War II. A thrilling, deeply moving literary memorial to the American flyboys whose immense sacrifice and courage really did change the world." - Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Winter

    Released Tue Sep 20 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • The Crowdfunding Handbook

    By Cliff Ennico

    Read by Don Hagen

    Raise Money for Your Small Business or Start-Up with Equity Funding Portals

    Ever wish your company could raise capital the Kickstarter way?

    "Much more than an overview, this is a solid, nuts-and-bolts handbook that will be valuable to serious small-business entrepreneurs." - Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue May 02 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Anarchy, State, and Utopia

    By Robert Nozick

    Read by Don Hagen

    The brilliant and widely acclaimed winner of the 1975 National Book Award.

    "...complex, sophisticated and ingenious." - Economist

    Released Tue Aug 29 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Flawless

    By Scott Andrew Selby

    Read by Don Hagen

    Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

    The heist of the century!

    ...a fascinating chronicle...Like a finely cut gem, this well-polished, multifaceted book sparkles. - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged