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My Life So Far Audiobook

My Life So Far

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Publisher's Summary

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes "can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently."

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.

Want to hear about Jane Fonda's first date with Ted Turner? She talks about that night and more in this interview with Audible's founder and CEO, Don Katz.

©2005 Jane Fonda; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Biography/Memoir

"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)

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    brenton miller 07-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "excellent audio book"

    excellent peformance and book good read by one of the biggest talents around an intriguing look into her private and public life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna SC 07-02-15
    Anna SC 07-02-15 Member Since 2017

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    "10 stars!"

    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.

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    Wolfies Mom reston, VA United States 06-18-15
    Wolfies Mom reston, VA United States 06-18-15

    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

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    "Interesting Woman, Great Performer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life So Far to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I loved Jane telling her own story. She is searlingly honest and fun to listen to.


    What other book might you compare My Life So Far to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Murray 08-06-14 Member Since 2014

    The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

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    "The voice of a true storyteller."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life So Far to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 08-03-14
    Lee 08-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"
    Where does My Life So Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life So Far?

    The detail she provided about her political involvement to end the war in Vietnam.


    What about Jane Fonda’s performance did you like?

    She is a gifted actor, so the audible performance was captivating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I learned a lot from it.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, there are about a dozen instances where sentences are repeated. Clearly a fault of the producer. It should be fixed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sadie 10-21-13
    Sadie 10-21-13
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    "I fell in love."
    If you could sum up My Life So Far in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Perceptive, Empowering


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.)


    What about Jane Fonda’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You Thought You Were Nothing Like Her


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 07-19-13
    Maureen 07-19-13

    Mom of a wonderful son! PhD Rhetoric/Composition; retired AF Captain, retired writing professor. Happy f/t RV traveler.

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    "I wish I could meet Jane."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life So Far to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I can say that the tempo and enunciation by Jane Fonda was so perfect that I missed very few words of this wonderful book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life So Far?

    The thing that surprised me most was not that Jane Fonda is intelligent, compassionate, humble and an expert writer. No, the thing that blew me away is how much she is like me. From her eating disorder, strained relationship with men (including her father), continued awe at Kate Hepburn's trailblazing audacity, haunting perfectionism, pride that she raised two good human beings, honesty about how being a woman in America is utterly complex....all of it. She paralleled my own experiences and perfectly described how I felt too. (I'd have followed Tom Hayden anywhere for a good long while too, by the way). She made me laugh out loud describing how she couldn't possibly let a stunt double do her back flip scene in On Golden Pond when Hepburn asked her point blank about it....and then made me blubber like a baby (while driving down the highway no less) describing how Hepburn hid in the bushes and cheered her on in a challenging moment. And I'm glad she and Lily stood up for Dolly while they made 9 to 5, too. Fonda is a woman's woman. And that's a good thing. She's the kind of gal we'd all like to have as our BFF. I wish she'd write lots, lots more. I wish I could meet her and tell her about a movie I'd like her to make about women in the military based upon a transcript I have, because I know she'd tell it right. I'd trust her to tell a woman's story with integrity, because that's what she does in My Life So Far. Thanks, Jane.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had to pull over when I heard the description of her last moments with her father. She respected and loved him to the very end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first portion of the book in which she describes her mother and the mental illness she fought was also very poignant...full of loving-kindness and compassion. It should help anyone who has a family member struggling in the same way to remember that...as Fonda says...it helps to remember that we're all just doing the very best we can.


    Any additional comments?

    I adored this audiobook. I didn't just like it. I have to hear it again. It's that good.

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    Ruthe 02-11-13
    Ruthe 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I was expecting...."

    I hadn't known too much about Jane Fonda before reading this book. I had seen her on Oprah and thought that her story might be interesting since all I knew about her was that there had been controversy during the Vietnam war and of course the workout tapes. It is always amazing when reading biographies at the details people remember - I'm lucky if I can remember what happened yesterday! While she did lead a privileged life, it was not perfect and I enjoyed being a voyeur as she retold her history which has led her to where she is today in her life - truly living her life. Motivates me to do my own inward and reflective work on my journey so far.

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    SBSatMH NC 02-07-13
    SBSatMH NC 02-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Enjoy someone reading to me.

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    "Great Book"

    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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    Lori 12-31-12
    Lori 12-31-12
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    "Thank You Ms Fonda, Thank You!"

    Well written, Well read. My only regret is that I did not get this book sooner!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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