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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (916 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Monninger Narrator: Neil Shah Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • “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 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Monninger

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.