A Change in Altitude, the newest novel from master author Anita Shreve, offers another glimpse into love, commitment, and the search for self. Following a tragic accident in Kenya , Margaret is forced to reevaluate herself, her marriage, even her understanding of life. While beautifully written, the story fails to fully engage the reader. It feels tired and worn, and with just a change of the setting and the characters' names, this could be one of a number of her novels. A Change in Altitude is classic Shreve, but I cant help but feel Ive read this story before.
All of us have defining moments in our lives, moments that can change the direction we are traveling in small or large ways. Sometimes we notice those moments and sometimes we don't. And sometimes those moments are so monumental, that they are almost impossible to find a way through them at all. This is the story that Anita Shreve has woven; one woman, one man, one moment and their struggle to find a way through that moment.
This is a quiet story, a tender story, a thoughtful story, not one to rush through. It will not keep you up at night to see who done it, but it will seep into your heart and you will remember those moments in your life that changed you, that turned your path.
I am about half-way through this audiobook but I think far enough along to make a short review. First, the reader, Anna Stone. I have learned and remarked in other reviews that the person who puts text to voice and words can be either a reader, a narrator or, in very rare instances, a performer. Most audiobooks fall in the first two categories, the narrator preferable over the reader. Unfortunately, Ms, Stone's style is that of a reader.
Over the years, Anita Shreve has always been a decent summer read in book form. Neither brilliant nor talentless, her books tell a fairly good tale in a pleasing way. This one is no different. All in all, it's easy listening for a long drive and I give it 3.5 stars.