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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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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 05-15-15

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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  • Helena
  • Astoria, NY, United States
  • 02-02-15

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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Must Listen

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...

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  • Robert
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 05-11-18

Important story

The story of the consequences of inattention while driving, from a single tragic case to the science behind inattention, is an important one This book was well researched, if at times a bit overwhelming in details.

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Scary Message for the Times!

This book made me reconsider how we distract ourselves nowadays. There is always something to keep our minds busy and to take our attention from the real world and from important situations. The story is compelling, and the research is convincing. Things must change!


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Everyone should read this book!

Truly enjoyed the author's account of what happened. A compelling story with excellent character development. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • CN
  • Logan, Utah
  • 08-26-17

Pronunciation Matters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Terryl Warner — She is an amazing human.

What didn’t you like about Fred Berman’s performance?

I don't know if it's the producer or the performer who should have done it, but somebody surely should have found out how to correctly pronounce the places in the book (i.e. Tremonton &Wasatch) . Ask the author. Or call the city or county offices and ask. That's all it would take. Sloppy and lazy work. I'm not likely to listen to his narrations again.