Fonda divides her "life so far" into three "acts", writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. At once a picture emerges: a child born to the acting legend Henry Fonda and the glamorous society princess Frances Seymour. But these early years are also marked by profound sadness: her mother's mental illness and suicide when Jane is 12 years old, her father's emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.
By her second act, Fonda lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life, and in the process she wins two Academy Awards, for Klute and for Coming Home.
In Fonda's third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime, to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences.
Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda's My Life So Far is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives.
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"Intriguing, instructive, inspirational personal exploration is enriched by a flawless, captivating author performance. It's her life in her voice - and she delivers." (AudioFile)
"Fonda's remembrances...nicely sum up more than 50 years of American history, seen through the eyes of one well-traveled woman." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whether you love her or hate her, all but her most venomous critics would have to conclude she has lived a fascinating life. As celebrity books go, this is a good one." (Houston Chronicle)
I love comedy and humor books!
In brief summary... Open, insightful, moving, memoir. Taught me so much about Jane Fonda, other women, relationships, society, and myself. Ranging from very traumatic stories about her childhood and early family to LOL funny when she started dating Ted Turner. Very admirable. A page turner I couldn't put down.
I can't say enough about how profound I found this book to be. All women should listen to this book! It had quite an effect on me in my "second act." I took much away in how I will live out the remainder of my second and third acts.
This woman is my hero. We are all strongest at the broken parts. I appreciate her leadership and continued sharing of her fully lived life. Her voice is second to none. I feel like I just had one up one time with one of my favorite people and closest girlfriend I have not yet met. Continued blessings to her and her clan.
I spend most of my life in my car. My own mind is not always my best friend. I love to distract it with other peoples stories! Makes the rid
Yes, because I loved Jane telling her own story. She is searlingly honest and fun to listen to.
Out on a limb by Shirley McLean. Both women are willing to be sincere yet tell their story
without too much sacahrine. Both maintain and defend their controversial points of view
with conviction. Both eventually come to an awakening of sorts.
I most enjoyed her stories about her Viet Nam War years. Nothing ever looks the same in hindsight. I felt she did o good job of telling her story in the context of the time. It was a terrible time for our country. She thought she could help.
The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.
I tried to read the print version, but it was too laborious. However, I have always considered Jane Fonda's speaking voice, her enunciation, to be unbelievably beautiful. Thus, when I saw the audio version here, I decided to go with her once again on this journey. Her storyteller's voice captured me right away.
Were I to meet her, one of the things I'd say is this, "Please, narrate more books. You have such a gift for narration: a storyteller's magic."
One of the best.
The detail she provided about her political involvement to end the war in Vietnam.
She is a gifted actor, so the audible performance was captivating.
I learned a lot from it.
Unfortunately, there are about a dozen instances where sentences are repeated. Clearly a fault of the producer. It should be fixed.
Entertaining, Perceptive, Empowering
I had no idea how deeply I would become enmeshed in this book. The time I spent "with Jane" made me a different person. The book is so long that it became a sort of companion. I understand that there are people who don't like her. But I was neutral-to-positive when I got the book, and her performance is so sincere that I wish it hadn't ended. (But I'm okay. It's not one of those book endings you can't cope with. It's just the right length.)
Her writing style was close enough to her natural cadence and voice that it ebbed and flowed like a masterful performance. She was in no way detached from her own story.
You Thought You Were Nothing Like Her
I didn't have to make myself listen to more. It kept a steady pace, and it was actually a life-changing experience. For some reason, the movie Monster-in-Law is a favorite of mine. There was some quality about her in it that I found endlessly entertaining. If you're a woman, and you come from strong but confusing women, you're likely to sort out a lot of things in your life while listening to this audiobook.
Enjoy someone reading to me.
Well written and read. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane with the historical events. This book started my new hobby of audible listening.
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