Mr. Hodge has accomplished no mean feat - he has written an eminently readable and playable book on both the "hows" and "whys" of bass guitar. Beginners will find everything they need to start comfortably and move forward as far as their willingness to practice - this book will take you more than a little deep into the outfield if you have the legs. Intermediate (even advanced) players should not be put off by the title - there is enough substance and theory here to assist players at any level.
Worth noting is that, in addition to the usual notes and tablature, there is plenty of text as well (a nice change for a music book) and it's all put to good use. Mr. Hodge anticipates questions very well, and his conversational writing style translates superbly to learning an instrument.
The accompanying CD is well-produced, well-integrated, and great fun to play along with. I am finding the Bass Guide as enjoyable as it is useful - very highly recommended!