A Deadly Wandering

A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
Narrated by: Fred Berman
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally strikes two rocket scientists while texting and driving. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains.

Remarkably, today Reggie is a leading advocate who has helped spark a national effort targeting distracted driving, and the arc of his story provides a window through which Richtel pursues actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive listen filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is an audiobook that can change - and save - lives.

©2014 Matthew Richtel (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Required Reading

This book, written by Matt Richtel, is based on his own groundbreaking articles about driving and cell phone use, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He effectively combines a true story of tragedy and its costs to everyone involved with technical neuroscience information without getting heavy handed with either. Excellent audiobook and narration. Should be required reading in every high school across the country and perhaps every college.

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Easiest non-fiction read ever!

A well-woven narrative of the many people and stories that became intertwined on the day of Reggie Shaw's fateful accident. Not to be missed.

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A must read for anyone who drives a car!

Fascinating story backed up with compelling evidence. Powerful enough to convince me to make a change. My phone will be turned off in the car.

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Riveting

This book is a true story of tragedy that will ultimately be a huge positive in the life of all who take the time to read it! It changed my own foolish belief that I could safely handle a phone while driving. Therefore, it may have saved my life too.

Not only is this book useful to our everyday lives; it is also a riveting read that you don't want to put down!

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Riveting!

I never cried so much from a book. It is so much more than a story about texting and driving. It's a life changer.

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Technology and its impact

A very important book that all parents should read and require their teenagers to read.

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Important but excruciating

I’m very interested in focus and engagement, so this book interested me, but some of the backstory was just excruciating to get through. I almost deleted this a few times, but the last part (minus the research notes) was worth it. And the compassion was great to hear in the unforgiving current environment.

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Eye opening dive into the danger of multitasking

Great piece and very informative. Illustrated by a terrible car crash involving a teenager texting while driving the book is a must read for everyone who wants to understand the danger of multitasking

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All must read this

This is information we should ALL be aware of. Informative and interesting. All parents should read this and have their teenage children read this!!

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While it begins somewhat slow, Richtel makes it worth it as the participants begin to come together. Very informative, explains our society and addiction to electronics, kinda depressing...