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

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  97 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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Feb 15, 2013 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
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,
Oct 10, 2012 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
Ethan Fleck
Jun 25, 2012 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 ...more
Susan Ritz
Mar 02, 2013 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!
Donna Pachota
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So timely for me as I get older. There is hope!!! I enjoyed this book so much and found I t held p ful.
Kristina Howard
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An honest reflection on aging that makes you appreciate your years to come. Plus, I just love Jane Fonda.
Aug 21, 2011 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.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I half liked it and half didn't. A lot of people would agree with everything or nearly everything she says but I don't even though I love Jane. One thing mentioned is that older people tend to not be as depressed....well....actually that isn't the truth. It is known now that depression is a growing epidemic in older populations for many reasons. I do not believe that forgiveness means reconciliation necessarily and I do believe that a person can find a state of acceptance rather than forgiveness ...more
Jun 25, 2017 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
Amina Mirsakiyeva
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I got this book after a TV seria Grace and Franky. Its about two ladies in their 70s, whos husbands made coming out, divorced with ladies and got married to each other. Grace and Franky start to live together to support each other. And meanwhile we see how many problems agins has.

This book is actually about those problems. If the TV seria funny and easy-going, then here Fonda discusses all aging problems pretty serious. And I found that this book would he useful to young people too. She talks
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a bit of a memoir, but it is also a how-to book for seniors. Jane Fonda has divided her book into various sections and writes about the different areas to be concerned with when getting older, including dating for singles, divorced and the widowed, and keeping the brain active, especially by learning new things and educating oneself, physical exercise and health, and friendships. I like when she also includes personal anecdotes. Jane Fonda seems to have a very good attitude about the ...more
Beth Harbaugh
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half of the book and various chapters thereafter. I didn't find her "preachy" as another reviewer wrote, but I found parts to be tedious and laborious. Not to mention talking about things I already knew. But, it was obvious she spent a lot of time thinking about and researching what she wrote.
Debbie Jacob
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing, upbeat and surprising read. There's helpful information to help the elderly live better and happier, but this is also a celebration of the third act of life, which for many people is the happiest and most peaceful years of their lives.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Some interesting and encouraging pearls of wisdom from a woman who practices what she preaches! I have always been a fan of Jane Fonda - which helps to enjoy her work. As a woman who just turned 65, I find her description of Act III both inspiring and motivating! Retirement - here I come!
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Read an excerpt from the and I loved where it was heading. Choose your good life NOW so yo have a good life LATER. Most women will live 90 years. Break your life into thirds, where are you now? How are you preparing for a fabulous final third?
David Franklin
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must have for those looking to live their best life!
Simone Cannon
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well-written, eloquent, very good info. Lose the distracting, unnecessary overuse of exclamation marks n the next editon though.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good advice for seniors. Don't generally read this kind of book and can't say I enjoyed it.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very informative, lots of great references. I listened and am getting the book to have the resources handy.
Stephany Tullis
Mar 14, 2012 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 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
Aug 09, 2011 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
Nov 02, 2011 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 ...more
Kathy Evanoo
Apr 30, 2014 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 ...more
May 20, 2014 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
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 ...more
Debbie Boucher
Jan 20, 2015 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 ...more
May 24, 2016 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
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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