The Fifth of March

  • by Ann Rinaldi
  • Narrated by Melissa Hughes
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 in 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, can not 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 a tense and 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.


What the Critics Say

"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." ( Booklist)


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The Fifth of March

Well researched, this is an account of the law, politics and society in Boston in the lead up to the 'massacre' that took place shortly before the outbreak of the American War of Independence, telling the story through the eyes of a young girl, an indentured servant to John Adams. The book though has significant drawbacks: there are long passages throughout the novel devoted to lead character's emotions as part of her growth into adulthood. These don't seem very realistic, and get in the way of what would otherwise have been an interesting book.
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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.