What Would Macgyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brendan Vaughan

Narrated By: Shelly Frasier, Patrick Lawlor

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2006

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.
Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: 'What would MacGyver do?' they ask.

For anyone who has ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television's Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowness-not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife-to save the day, the 'MacGyverisms' recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can 'MacGyver' yourself out of virtually any predicament.


  • Morgan Kramer

    I was disappointed and never made it past the 2nd disk... I was expecting truly fantastic stories... these were just marginally intelligent people accomplishing fairly mundane objectives in slightly unusual ways... E.G. - woman stuck in the snow uses salty chex mix to create traction under her wheels... not exactly Einstein stuff. A good concept, but it was either poorly researched or the stories were poorly chosen.

  • Collin

    I enjoyed this book. It had a number of good stories about "improvised genius". It was, however, a bit disappointing. While it starts out strong giving a number of unique handyman stories, the second half of the book is more about ideas and soft skills. Nevertheless, a good read, but not what the title promises.

What Would Macgyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

by Brendan Vaughan

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