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Author: Joseph Monninger Narrator: Neil Shah Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781481593960
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From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily—and neither does their love. When Mary’s life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting—a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love’s power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A touching love story immersed in the beautiful simplicity of nature and life lived in the present moment.”

    Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Joseph Monninger’s Eternal on the Water is a compelling and poignant love story. His two characters, both strong and independent, meet by chance in the Maine wilderness and find in each other the depth of connection they have been searching for and the confrontation with mortality they have been dreading all their lives. Their celebration of life and their emotional parting will touch you deeply and move you to tears.”

    Selden Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book

  • Eternal on the Water is more than a heartfelt love story. It is a beautiful and searching exploration of the meaning of commitment and the majesty of nature, told in the strong, clear voice of a true believer. In these pages, there is much to learn of life, death, love, and healing. It’s a book to savor and then to share.”

    Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

  • Eternal on the Water is a book that reminds you that joy and sorrow are inextricably entwined, that one means less without the other. What would you do if you were Mary, or Cobb? This luminescent story will never leave you. I adored it.”

    Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Joe Monninger is a brilliant writer. No one understands nature the way he does, under his skin and straight to his bones. He writes about new love with such tension, emotion, and the deep passion and understanding that develops between two people. The novel will keep you up all night. Eternal on the Water will be a classic.”

    Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Henry David Thoreau meets Nicholas Sparks in this poignant love story rooted in the forests of Maine…[Monninger’s] keen eye for nature, subtle incorporation of indigenous myths, and use of symbolism make for a memorable story of love and courage.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Neil Shah’s] narration conveys the mystery and beauty of the Maine wilderness and emphasizes the relationship between two soul mates.”


  • “Poignant…Monninger is a gifted writer…Eloquently rendered.”


  • “Genuinely enchanting! If you ever went to summer camp, this book is especially for you!”

    Kaya McLaren, author of On the Divinity of Second Chances 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaya | 2/14/2014

    " Usually love stories make me want to barf, but I absolutely loved this one. Rich, fresh, and full of nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reaganstar | 2/9/2014

    " Growing up in this area, I believe I connected with the author a bit more, as I am still living in Maine. I think that Mr. Monninger is a fabulous author and has a completely authentic way of writing, This book was beautifully written and portrayed each of the characters along this journey. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. and it certainly is nice to have such an unconventional writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 2/4/2014

    " This piece truly moved me. From the start of my journey with Cobb and Mary, I couldn't put it down. It was much deeper than a love story between two people, it was about the bigger picture of life. I loved the connection to biology and that they were both teachers. Not only were they teaching their students, they met at a significant point in their lives, and both taught each other significant lessons. I loved how Joseph Monninger changed his style of writing at the end of the book. It really made what was going on in the plot clearer to me as a reader. This is the best book that I have read in a very long time. I wish Joseph Monnonger the best of luck as time near to the release of this wonderful journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " i loved this book, i was at barnes and nooble and i saw it and i was like this looks like a good book. i loved it. i loved the chemistry between mary and cobb. this was a great book to read and i will recomend it to people. i also liked how strong mary was with her sickness, she didnt let that stop her from doing anything that she wanted. i also liked how they got the house mary wanted from the movie that she loved. this book is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodi | 1/27/2014

    " fictional account of a woman with huntington disease and the man she married. Lots of good crow stories and the heroine seems almost too good to be true....or maybe I'm just envious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 1/25/2014

    " ...a nice story about two kayakers in Maine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 1/16/2014

    " Loved! Beautiful story about love and loss. Mary was an inspiring character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myrna | 1/16/2014

    " One of the best books I've read lately. The love story is poignant. All of the characters are well defined and the descriptions of the locations make you want to be there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/11/2014

    " Almost too perfect a live story. Really liked the crow stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Powers | 12/10/2013

    " Beautiful story of love and living life to the fullest. I love the people in this story and how even the friends became like family. A good cry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/3/2013

    " I really liked this one, and read it on one full day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollie | 11/28/2013

    " This shows clearly that life for someone whose life span is not clear is not a sad and sorrowful thing. The main character in this book lives life with more joy and enthusiasm than most and ends life on her own terms. A little said but a beautiful, beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/21/2013

    " This novel is my new teddy bear. I totally loved this book. Good luck upcoming authors, it will be very difficult to top this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene | 8/27/2013

    " A beautifully written story about accepting death, good people, and good works. The ending is revealed in the first few pages but what follows is the journey to that point. I will make an effort to read other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/26/2013

    " characters who stick with you months after reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 6/13/2013

    " Echoes of Bridges of Madison Country with magical threads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 2/2/2013

    " A beautiful story beautifully told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/11/2013

    " This was an outstanding story. At times it felt the way it was clearly supposed to--cosmic. At other times it just felt contrived. The story was touching and while the language sometimes falls short, the love it depicted felt quite genuine. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fabienne | 1/11/2013

    " I had never read this author before, but loved this book. Sandi Schwab, I especially think you would enjoy this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 12/24/2012

    " It verged on sappy, but somehow the relationships had a realness to them. I would have preferred to give it 3.5. stars. "

About the Author

Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning young adult novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters. He has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dogsled team.

About the Narrator

Neil Shah is an Audie-nominated narrator and winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards who has recorded over 150 audiobooks. AudioFile magazine has commended him for “an absolutely mesmerizing listening experience” and as “an outstanding narrator who adds a healthy dose of personality to each of the characters.” As a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe/University of San Diego, he has appeared off Broadway and on regional stages, as well as in film and television. He records from his home studio in Portland, Oregon.