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A Deadly Wandering

A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

Matt Richtel, Fred Berman (Read by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/22/2014)
Paperback (6/2/2015)
Hardcover (9/23/2014)
CD-Audio (6/2/2015)

October 2014 Indie Next List

“A Deadly Wandering is a riveting account of the fatal tragedy and subsequent seminal legal -- and moral -- battle that led to texting-while-driving bans being signed into law. It links neuroscientific research, legal undertakings, and narrative nonfiction that is full of vivid, heartbreaking, real-life characters to expose and objectively question our modern glorification of multitasking and technological connectedness. Richtel's exceptional reporting will absolutely change the way you think about the devices that keep us online, and you will close this book transformed. This is one of the most important books of our time.”
— Julia Sinn, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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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.

Read by Fred Berman.

HarperAudio, 9780062350763

Publication Date: September 23, 2014