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2.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 5 2.43 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brendan Vaughan Narrator: Patrick Lawlor and Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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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's ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of 45 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 prowess, not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, to save the day, the MacGyverisms recounted range from the concrete to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot?), these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can MacGyver yourself out of virtually any predicament. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Alesi | 2/20/2014

    " Entertaining enough for a plane ride, nothing special "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Brzezinski | 2/17/2014

    " Some interesting stories, even a couple that do seem to be inspired by the television show that the book draws its inspiration from. But the introductions to each section lean more to the lackluster, sometimes more or less recapping each of the stories that are in the section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/10/2014

    " I am a MacGyver tv show junkie. LOVED the show growing up. So my wife gave me this book almost as a gag gift. But it's actually really awesome!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/8/2014

    " half way through. pretty unimpressive feats of not really living up to macgyver's legacy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ms. A | 2/6/2014

    " I loved watching 'MacGyver' as a kid and when I got this book I wanted to see what creative ideas people could come up with. The book starts out good, but some of the later stories should not have been included because they are just nonsense... I think some people have never even watched the show to actually come up with a bright idea that could "save the day". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 2/5/2014

    " A should-read book in finding humor in the workplace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Ladwig | 1/25/2014

    " I was hoping to hear (I listened to the audiobook) more stories like the first one, about real ingenuity, but they were mainly crowd-sourced anecdotes of minor problems, with obvious solutions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/16/2014

    " A quick read that inspires problem-solving through means often unrelated to the original problem. Humorous, though a bit heavy on content from Esquire magazine. Would have liked to have seen submissions from a broader segment of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/1/2014

    " Meh, very few seemed like actual MacGyverisms. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeffry | 12/31/2013

    " Great idea for a book but poor execution. I was looking more for stories of explosives made with paper clips and Diet Coke, not coffee brewed with socks. It doesn't quite deserve the MacGyver mullet on the cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/9/2013

    " None of these stories are better than MacGyver but some were pretty funny. One of my favorites was making coffee usinga dress sock... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JQ | 12/5/2013

    " Maybe MacGyver was so awesome that everything is lame compared to the real thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/2/2013

    " Interesting tidbits of ingenuity. But what are their plans for the Zombie invasion ? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 10/1/2013

    " Some funny stories, some Duh stories. Good entertainment, but I'd read it at the library instead of paying for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 5/21/2013

    " If you can get past the author's introduction of who he is, why he wrote the book and how he did it, which seems to take forever, the rest of the book (book on CD) is OK. But just OK. Neat idea, but lacks the pizazz I expected from this type of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dinh | 1/17/2013

    " The book doesn't really answer the question it sets out to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/9/2012

    " good coffee table book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misha | 11/20/2011

    " Funny! Some of them were a bit of a stretch to call them MacGyverisms, but it is a funny read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Gubler | 6/27/2011

    " Want to be like MacGyver? This won't do it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 5/17/2011

    " Utterly pedestrian tales of people getting out of scrapes. Very few are ingenius or clever. Dry, dull, disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/7/2011

    " I thought this book would be way better, but the stories were disappointing and not nearly as "MacGyverish" as I would have thought. I wonder how bad the ones were that didn't make it into the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/17/2011

    " half way through. pretty unimpressive feats of not really living up to macgyver's legacy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 10/15/2010

    " Do not waste anytime whatsoever on this book. It is misleading and awful.
    If you need more info, go to Amazon and read the dozens of "HATED IT" reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 9/2/2010

    " This was a great read. It gave me tons of inspiration on how to fix/make things around my house and reminded me just how I always loved the ingenuity of MacGuyver!
    I learned how to...clean out my gutters without a ladder! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 7/17/2010

    " Entertaining enough for a plane ride, nothing special "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 2/27/2010

    " A quick read that inspires problem-solving through means often unrelated to the original problem. Humorous, though a bit heavy on content from Esquire magazine. Would have liked to have seen submissions from a broader segment of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 12/24/2008

    " These short stories of "Macgyverisms" were a fun distraction while I was doing my holiday baking. I never watched the show, but was familiar with the concept. I appreciated the creativity that the contributors showed. This may appeal to YAs too, especially hands-on type guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 7/28/2008

    " If you can get past the author's introduction of who he is, why he wrote the book and how he did it, which seems to take forever, the rest of the book (book on CD) is OK. But just OK. Neat idea, but lacks the pizazz I expected from this type of book. "

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About the Author

Brendan Vaughan is an articles editor at Esquire magazine and the winner of a National Magazine Award for New Media.