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Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit: Making the Most of All of Your Life

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  526 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
In this inspiring and candid book, Jane Fonda, #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer, gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of it. Covering sex, love, food, fitness, self-understanding, spiritual and social growth, and your brain. In Prime Time, she offers a vision for successful living and maturing, ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kathleen Hagen
Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit - Making the Most of All of Your Life by Jane Fonda, Narrated by Jane Fonda, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from

Jane Fonda in her latest book gives us a view of what she has learned about life in the ten years since she wrote “My Life So Far.” Jane is now over 70. She narrates the book herself, and while she still has that vibrant spark she has always had, she does sound like she’s getting older. Covering sex, lo
Oct 10, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok
I like Jane Fonda. I like the spirit and the main rationale of the book, which is that the later parts of life have a lot more years that they used to, we can use those years to do all kinds of things, and there is plenty we can do to keep ourselves fitter, more comfortable, and more engaged.

However, Jane is, bluntly, a know-it-all. She has been at every stage of her life, and does that annoying thing of: I didn't know it all back then, but now I do. At every stage. Now she knows it all about di
Feb 15, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
Jane Fonda's Prime Time is a good introduction to the topic of living healthy and wealthy and wise in our Third Act.

I didn't have the intense reaction to Jane Fonda that the reviewers on had. Regardless of her role as Hanoi Jane, you can check this book out of the library for free if the author's lifestyle and early antics rub you the wrong way.

It's a good book. I'm also reading The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup and will review this other book when I'm done.

I'm only 47 ye
Ethan Fleck
Jun 25, 2012 Ethan Fleck rated it really liked it
Not totally sure what to think of this one. It is catered more towards someone closer to "Act III" as she refers to often in the book, but yet I really picked up a lot of good things out of this. I think it's a good read for anyone because it gives you perspective for wherever you are at in your life. It's also a bit catered toward women, so there were definitely some parts I chose to skip over..All in all, It makes me excited for that stage in my life, and its a great reminder that I am only ju ...more
Susan Ritz
Mar 02, 2013 Susan Ritz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-info
This is a must read for every smart woman over 60. Really great practice al info on nutrition, exercise, community involvement as they apply to aging well. Great chapters on sex for seniors! Jane makes the Third Act something to actually look forward to. Eve. If you think you don't like Jane (I think she's grand!) this book is worth your time, ladies!
Aug 21, 2011 Imene rated it it was ok
Good subject, a lot to share about it. I find her very inspiring but I couldn't get past her writing.
Jun 25, 2017 Tess rated it liked it
I found most of this book interesting and informative even though at 23 I'm probably not necessarily the target reader. I like Jane's writing style as I often feel I can 'hear' her in it and it will be familiar if you've read her autobiography.

While reading this I spent a lot of time telling my parents random things about how to keep your mind and body intact into your "Third Act". I made dinner for them with whole grain pasta rather than white pasta based on what I read in this book. I also fo
Stephany Tullis
Mar 14, 2012 Stephany Tullis rated it really liked it
In her most recent and fifth book, New York Times Best Selling Author, Jane Fonda shares her blue print for living: Prime Time. In this book, as with several of her others, Ms. Fonda delineates the interrelationships between body, mind and spirit. Her goal in writing the book is to share her evolution in life. Fonda promises readers an 'A to Z' guide to living and covers a range of topics including love, health, fitness, friendship, sex and spirit.

Fonda reveals intimate details of her childhood
Nov 25, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
This is probably not a book I would have just picked up as it about ageing and how to age well and with grace while still enjoying your life and contributing to society. The intended audience are those ages 60 and up or currently in their "Third Act" as Jane Fonda puts it.

I first heard about this book when I was on a long road trip with my mother this summer. We were driving and listening to satellite radio when an interview came on with Jane Fonda discussing this book. It was a very interesting
Jan 19, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it

The ageless Jane Fonda breaks our lives into three acts, and she focuses most of this book on Act III. Weaving her personal life stories with strong research and tips on aging, food, fitness, friendship, love, and sex, Fonda recommends that we each perform a life review--especially while our elders are still alive so we can interview them--to better understand where we've come from and where we're going.

I must confess that I finished this book several week
Aug 09, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it
"With age, as Stephen Levine says, we lose memory but gain insight". I thought Jane Fonda had great insight in her new book. She divides up life into three acts.

Act One-Birth to Thirty
Act Two--Thirty to Sixty
Act Three- Sixty to Ninety

Having only four years left in Act Two, I was interested to hear what Jane had to say about Act Three. She said it was very helpful to do a "Life Review" before Act Three. She had detalied suggestions about how to do this. I am eager to follow those directions and g
Nov 02, 2011 Aimee rated it liked it
Jane Fonda's book gives advice on growing older gracefully. The topics covered in the book include fitness, food, sex, spiritual growth, and the brain. Fonda has done a lot of research for this book, it includes lots of interviews with experts and people that have learned to age well. There is also interesting scientific research included that backs up a lot of the tips given in the book. By also using experiences from her own life journey, Fonda gives a guide to what we can do to face growing o ...more
Kathy Evanoo
Apr 30, 2014 Kathy Evanoo rated it liked it
It had all the makings of a "self help" book for women my age and older. I found Fonda's validations that the inevitable changing of the body is something you have to learn not only to accept but embrace as you age. No use in sitting around whining about how you wish you had the body you had in your 30's and even your 40's. It ain't gonna happen, regardless of what you do! Fonda, the Queen of the workout tapes, makes jokes about her sags and dimples. Yet, she certainly still emphatically encoura ...more
May 20, 2014 Sevenponds rated it really liked it

Jane Fonda, one of the most admired actresses in Hollywood, has released a new book called Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit–making the most of all of your life that might just change the way we think about aging. While we all know she looks great for her age, to look as truly radiant as she does at seventy-three (turning seventy-four next week) we also know there must be more to it than diet and exercise—not to mention minimal plastic surgery. Indeed, Fonda details in h
Beverly McCall
Jane Fonda did a great job in discussing this phase of life. She presents her thesis in a thoughtful way and substantiates it with research. It was an easy read and one that makes me think. With the baby boomers moving into the third act, it is important that we do the best we can to equip ourselves to handle our own longevity. I, personally, want to go into these years as a vital and active individual (both mentally and physically). After being a confirmed couch potato, it wasn't until my retir ...more
Debbie Boucher
Jan 20, 2015 Debbie Boucher rated it liked it
There's a funny story behind this one. I had a gift certificate for a bookstore here in Trinidad. Most stores and restaurants don't seem to know what to do with gift certificates. I knew, from previous experience, that I would have to select a book that was the exact value of the certificate or so close that it wouldn't matter. And that's how I ended up with Prime Time by Jane Fonda, the large print version! How random is that? I often read books about fitness and health at the new year, so I fi ...more
May 24, 2016 Teri rated it liked it
I heard about this book while reading about Jane Fonda after enjoying two seasons of her new show Grace and Frankie. The book caught my attention because of its mention of all aspects of getting older. And I'm getting older. Or at least thinking more about those challenges than I ever have. Menopause. Joint pain, you know... all the fun stuff. So for that, this book is encouraging. And reading on this topic by a celebrity, who includes photos of herself every few pages maybe makes the topic less ...more
May 15, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
I like Jane Fonda but agree with some of the other readers who said that she does a lot of "it's how I used to be but I am wiser now" a bit too much. I love the idea of breaking your life into acts/chapters/phases. I look back on my 20s and they were distinctly different from my 30's and I love the idea of thinking of how you want your next act to be. At one point she rights about how she hoped her last act would be when she was much younger, I think that is a cool idea. So overall I like the co ...more
Carla Patterson
Mar 27, 2015 Carla Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I got a lot out of listening to this. First of all, I have admired Fonda as both an actress and a human being and thoroughly enjoyed her autobiography (My Life So Far) so I figured I'd give this book a try as well. Like Fonda, though a few years younger, I am also a baby boomer and the things we're trying to get our heads around these days are pretty similar. It was great listening to her read her own book and I hope a lot of people (not just boomers - after all aging is something we all have to ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Judith rated it it was ok
The woman is 72 years old and she looks absolutely fantastic for her age or any age. I admire and respect her and enjoy her movies. She has many fine qualities, not the least of which she has endured and thrived where others in her business have failed miserably to keep up with the times. None of these fine qualities make her an author. She needs to take lessons from Carrie Fisher. I forgive her the subpar writing because I have so much admiration for her as a woman and I hope she continues to s ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Best for ages 55 and up I think, and especially after 60, but full of good practical advice about exercise, diet, and advances in medical knowledge about aging. Also some good advice for jettisoning one's emotional baggage. Seems a lot of reviewers are reacting to their own loaded assumptions about Jane Fonda. I admit, she's a hero of mine. I found this had a Very positive attitude about aging and I really liked that. It makes the idea of aging less scary to me. Solid information, which may not ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Merceda rated it liked it
Good book about the last 3 decades of our life. Since Jane is in those decades, and has written other books and done many exercise videos, this was a decent book about "old age". But she doesn't look at it as old age really. She looks at it as the culmination of years of experience, and how that manifests into a great time for us, our children, grandchildren, friends, lovers. I didn't like the part about looking at long term care, but that's probably because I really don't want to look at that i ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Marijke rated it liked it
This book is well-written and informative. However, having read on the various topics in many other books and magazines, like about health, ageing, need for exercise, proper diet, social contacts, etc. this book became somewhat redundant. But for the reader who is not already steeped in this information, it would be great book and I can highly recommend it. For me it was a good reminder of the things a 67-year-old should already know. Now, living the life following these dictums is a little more ...more
Marianne Haddad
Sep 03, 2011 Marianne Haddad rated it liked it
Full of good information - an expansion on things she mentions in 'My Life So Far' which I thoroughly enjoyed! However, there were moments when I wanted to say 'if only I had your money, Jane!' I could do all that you're doing!'. Perhaps a bit 'small' of me, but just reporting what came to mind while reading !
Mostly, her thoughts on aging well are TRUE and I do believe her intentions are the same...that we can all age better when we are mindful of our physical & emotional well-being and adhe
Jan 30, 2012 Barb rated it liked it
I really like Jane Fonda and have used and love her exercise tapes. I also really enjoyed her book called "My Life So Far". But, this one was okay but not alot of stuff in it that you probably don't already know. I give Jane kuddo's for keeping her self fit at her age and that's what we all should be doing. She is one active lady and I like that. If you haven't read alot of books like this one, then this one maybe for you. If you have read alot of health books then this is about the same stuff y ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
There are a few pearls of wisdom in this one, and a lot of very honest autobiographical material. This book is geared mostly for the over 60 set - I'm not there yet - and is an extremely comprehensive guide on how to live when you enter into that third act of life, covering just about every aspect of life you can imagine. I liked Jane's candour, particularly in reference to her marriages and her experiences with anorexia.
Simona Sopagaite
May 29, 2016 Simona Sopagaite rated it it was amazing
I enjoyied reading this book , I liked the fact that J. Fonda is so open about her life experiences and kindly shares it with the reader, and most importanty always gives an advice or solution to the problem. It feels she worked hard on this book by interviewing different people, and she did her own research as well. The book will provide confidence to the reader, it overflows with kindness and honesty.
Infamous Ginger
Oct 10, 2011 Infamous Ginger rated it did not like it
I'm sort of embarrassed about reading this dumb book. It was OK for a lifestyle book. She is very much into good exercise and nutrition and all that. It is a book written by someone who has a lot of people around her who love her. She has a positive outlook on life and aging. I felt I was reading a book report on other people's books though. She uses references to back up her ideas. It was an OK read but do not expect too much.
This is a very fact-filled book and I learned much from it. However, many sections did not apply to me at this time as I am only in my second act in life. It will definitely be a book to be revisited in my third act. What I found the most useful were Fonda's references and sources of information and wisdom, especially those that dealt with spirituality, meditation, and exercise. The book also made me want to read Fonda's previous work, My Life So Far.
Sue Lloyd
Jul 15, 2012 Sue Lloyd rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of good information for people in the 3rd Act (as she calls it) of life. The health, physical fitness, financial, relational, and legal advice is very useful. It is not intended to cover these issues in depth but gives a basic introduction and suggestions for further research.
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Jane Fonda is an American two-time Academy Award-winning actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou and has appeared in films ever since. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other awards and nominations. She initially announced her retirement from acting in 1991, and said for ...more
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