What Would MacGyver Do? True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life By: Brendan Vaughan 

What Would MacGyver Do? True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life
By: Brendan Vaughan6803848
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 12-01-06
Publisher: Tantor Audio

Okay this is one of those rare occasions where I will be posting a bad review. The reason bad reviews are rare from me is that when I get a bad book I figure out it’s bad before wasting my time and stop reading or listening. The problem was this book seemed like it would get better. Based on the title I assumed it was going to show how super creative people can be. But no, this book stayed mundane or even less creative and more on the common sense side of things.

Growing up in the 70s & 80s, I got to enjoy (once in a while) the TV series MacGyver. Most of the time I thought the show was predictable, but the cool ways he came up with saving the day were fun to try and figure out whether they would really work. I can’t say I was a fan, but we did watch the last few minutes just to catch the big save. I figured this book would have something that great that everyday people could come up with MacGyveresque solutions, after all, it is in the title. But no, these people did a lot of things to get them out of a fix in a very simple way that didn’t impress me. I pretty much label these as common sense. I was in no way impressed.

Publisher’s Summary:

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.

©2006 Brendan Vaughan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.