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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Anna Stone Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600247651
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Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure: a year living in Kenya. But Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn’t know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

When a British couple invites the newlyweds to join them on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, Margaret and Patrick eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Visual and sharply focused.” 

    Washington Post

  • “No one is better at gently, but thoroughly probing the interior life of her characters than Anita Shreve.” 

    Newsday

  • A Change in Altitude rises a few thousand feet above typical women’s fiction.” 

    USA Today

  • “Prepare to cancel all your appointments as you race through this dramatic saga.” 

    BookPage 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancie | 2/14/2014

    " Ok, so far but oddly familiar. Her books are beginning to all blend together for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/6/2014

    " I would give this book 3.5 stars. It's not a feel good book which I've heard is true of Shreve's writing, but it definitely held my attention. I would recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " It took me a while to actually get into this book. However since I bought it from the store at a discount (instead of my normal library borrowing), I pushed myself to keep going. It did turn around for me after the first 80 pages or so...enough that it held my interest until the end. Not at all what I expected, though. I was disappointed when all was said and done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 2/2/2014

    " Hard to put a finger on this novel. Maybe sense it is told from a woman's perspective, too hard a male to totally relate. The story is set in Kenya in the 1970s. You have to go back and understand some the attitudes in that time frame plus the added post colonial English/European aspects. The story centers on how one seemingly trivial outward jesture sets up a chain reaction and its effect on the main charachters' marriage. Without giving up the ending, the surprise is the unexpected reaction to an over built expectation. This is a good novel but to me it is a notch below her best work. Again it maybe the male reading a female centric book that lead to this rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed this, once I got into it, but I have to say that I find it hard to wearm to Anits Shreve's characters. I always read her novels, but I don't always like them. This one was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Histteach24 | 1/27/2014

    " Not one of my favorites by her. I felt that there were parts of the storyline that could have been great, exciting turning points but they never developed. Interesting view of marriage-is it worth saving? I couldn't tell if the main character was the flaw in the marriage. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebyll | 1/22/2014

    " Wasn't feeling this book. Moved too slow and the characters took too long to develop. #Yawn!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hillary | 1/14/2014

    " If it were any other author, I'd rate it higher. But it's my absolute favorite author, and I was really disappointed in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megowen | 1/6/2014

    " Good characters. Good storytelling. Ending lacks something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 12/31/2013

    " Such a shallow marriage--not at all what marriage is meant to be. To me, the characters seemed shallow and uninteresting. I guess I really didn't get the ending. The story line seemed an interesting one, but totally disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Prent80 | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. It was too unbelievable that someone who has only climbed small mountains would risk their lives to climb one of the largest mountains in the world and treat it as no big deal. Thus, I did not finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/25/2013

    " In the end I didn't mind the story, but I thought that it had a rather abrupt end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie | 10/13/2013

    " Eh, it was ok. If it wasn't for the Africa angle, it wouldn't have had much appeal for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla Skinner | 10/4/2013

    " A bit depressing, but interesting cultural experience. A realistic but bitter look at how marriage partners can be their own worst enemies. I liked this one a lot and look forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Berthelson | 8/19/2013

    " This book was hard to get into. But I did like how the story was told. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. And most of all I liked how it makes you think about how one action, one decision can change entire lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 7/27/2013

    " An unusual story...to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/13/2013

    " I felt the beginning a little slow but ended up enjoying the book. I will read more from Anita Shreve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki | 7/5/2013

    " I am now a fan of Anita Shreve. I love the way she creates real characters flawed though they may be and deals with tragedy in a beautiful way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marla Milligan | 5/7/2013

    " This book was hard for me to get into - some parts I liked but when I was done it was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Surico | 4/24/2013

    " Having been to Kenya, there is much I didn't know about the country. This book is revealing both about the social conditions and the emotional drama of the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 4/9/2013

    " A slow start: the second half was better than the first. Her husband and "friends" were annoying and not as developed as I would have liked them to be. The details of Kenya's landscape and people were interesting, but the plot didn't make sense to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary | 4/6/2013

    " Didn't really get into this book... Hated the ending. Two stars for being an easy read, but it wasn't the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/7/2013

    " I love Anita Shreve so this was my annual reading of something I hadn't read by her before. In this one, loved the studying of one's own marriage and guessing at the choices, motivations, etc. of other couples' marriages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Samrick | 8/5/2011

    " Interesting to read about the couple's life in Kenya in the 1970s, but I didn't really like the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Long | 7/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this, even though it seemed a bit slow... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beryl | 6/29/2011

    " As always, it was a good story and the writing was wonderful. It helped that I had been in Kenya and a lot of the words and places were familiar. Still, if one hadn't been there and didn't speak Swahili, a glossary would have been helpful. I was left with a "what happens next" feeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 6/22/2011

    " It was good up until the end. What a tremendous let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 6/18/2011

    " I didn't like any of the characters. Self-centered people annoy me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/16/2011

    " I felt the beginning a little slow but ended up enjoying the book. I will read more from Anita Shreve. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marla | 6/9/2011

    " This book was hard for me to get into - some parts I liked but when I was done it was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/26/2011

    " A good page turner by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 5/22/2011

    " Not one of Shreve's best, but the audio book was good enough to keep me coming back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting to read about Kenya. The story was unrealistic and too romantic. It's frustrating to see people mess up their lives so badly. At the same time I was reading "While I Was Gone" about which I have similar feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/17/2011

    " a very average book. The story was good but I just didn't find it well written. Much of the symbolism is clumsy. Often the dialogue is awkward. At best, a very well written Harlequin romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 5/9/2011

    " A fairly typical Anita Shreve novel--a love story gone terribly wrong and an ambiguous ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book about how one incident can have a different effect on different people and the chain of events that can follow. I would like to know what happened to the couple that the main story is about. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 4/28/2011

    " Anita Shreve hooked me within a few pages. The characters are well-defined and intriguing. The plot is a page-turner. I recommend A Change In Altitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 4/28/2011

    " Anita Shreve, a favorite author of mine. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in AltitudeTestimonyThe Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize. She lives in Massachusetts.