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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rinaldi Narrator: Melissa Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467442
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Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh is nanny to John and Abigail Adams’ children and witnesses firsthand how tension builds in the feisty New England town in the two years before it erupts into the Boston Massacre. Friends become foes and families divide as British troops arrive in 1768 to force the outspoken Bostonians to toe the line and obey the British government. 

But the idea of liberty and self-government has taken hold, and once considered, cannot now be set aside. At the same time, Rachel begins to take stock of her own life and future, and learns that to live life to its fullest and with integrity, one must seek the truth for oneself and take a stand. 

Ann Rinaldi, a master at making history come alive, creates an exciting front-row seat for the listener as she uses the voice of young Rachel Marsh to underscore that American liberty was not easily won, but at great cost to those who would not let their dreams die.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The story weaves the early New Englanders’ passion for liberty into a young woman’s struggle to find her place in the world and discover herself…Melissa Hughes’ voice has lovely diction and clear tones.”

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  • “Rinaldi provides a vivid picture of colonial life and the pre-Revolutionary War period, including the disagreements among various American factions and the frightening actions of mobs and British retaliation. Because the issues she raises—the role of peacekeeping forces, the use of violence to achieve political goals, and the courage required to take a stand—are as significant today as they were at the time, this will be a wonderful selection.”

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  • “Rinaldi shows readers the events leading up to the Boston Massacre…The story moves along briskly, and details of life in 18th-century Boston are woven into the narrative. The political unrest, the differing views of the patriots and loyalists, and the constant threat of mob violence are also well portrayed.”

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  • “Carefully researched and lovingly written…Fortuitously timed, a novel that illuminates a moment from our past that has strong parallels to recent events.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/25/2011

    " I am continuing to read Historical Fiction books by Ann Rinaldi as I am so enjoying her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dina | 5/17/2011

    " A fairly bland and often irritating story about the Salem witch trials. Liked Witch of Blackbird Pond SO much better. The main character really made me want to scream. "

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

    " This is a book I've wanted to read for a long time. This is a well-blended mix of fact and fiction. It did start off a little slow for me, but I became engrossed in the story. An afternoon well spent.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yailyn | 4/18/2011

    " Had to read it for a class and it wasnt bad at all......better than the previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 4/12/2011

    " After I got past the first chapter I couldn't put it down.

    I thought it has pretty good insight into what the situation in Salem was during the times of the witch trials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KC | 3/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a very similar story to Time of the Witches. I like TOTW more, but this was a good book as well. Lots of great Puritan and Salem accuracy with the gaps filled in with fiction elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/25/2011

    " While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English remembers the events of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. She relives the malice, fear, and accusations that tore her community apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2011

    " I liked it! :) It was a good book, its just that the ending didn't really make any sense to me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/11/2011

    " I read this book in my early teens and it stuck with me til now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kriste | 1/5/2011

    " Abby read this for a school project. I read it because it was there. I liked it. I had never read anything about the witch trials before; I thought this was well done - especially for young adults. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rinaldi

Ann Rinaldi is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. She has received numerous starred reviews and awards, as well as widespread recognition for her historical novels. Ms. Rinaldi lives in central New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Melissa Hughes’ career began in radio, where she was a staff announcer, DJ, and voice-over artist. Working in England for many years, she starred in the BBC Radio drama Trouble Brewing, appeared in numerous plays, and created the screams for the character of Lois Lane, as well as other voices in the film Superman.