Found this listed on the web and ordered it figuring that at this price for book+ three CDs I shouldn't expect too much. I was wrong. It is a great book (I think) - anyway it is actually an enjoyable read, most of the conversations on the CD are lively and well acted - and the situations are interesting. The stress in the CDs is on informal language and includes all the funny noises, grunts and particles that would be edited out of a more conventional presentation. At last I found an educational CD that sounds like real Japanese. Ideally it should be used in a classroom (lots of group exercises), but I have used it for self-study and while not getting out of it as much as I presumably would have if I had been in a classroom, I found it very rewarding for listening and reading comprehension.