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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:
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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.” 


  • 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.” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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