I found this a great introduction to the language. Repetitive - but that's the point. It helps you to build up vocabulary and use it to make sentences, rather than just learning a set of possibly useful phrases you might need if you are on holiday. It gave the basic knowledge and understanding of how Italian works and gave me the confidence to try some more comprehensive language courses and build on the grammar.
This is my first Italian course. The narrators voices are great and pleasant to listen. Their British English is fascinating. I learned the basics of Italian and I am able to perform basic talks in various situations. I am however not fluent or anything like that but for the purpose of getting in to the Italian from the scratch it was a great guide. I would only suggest not to use the Italian singular formal "you" but I figured out the correct informal equivalent later and I just skipped their politeness. The tutors play and interact naturally which was crucial for me as I had a bad experience with Spanish by Michel Thomas. His smacking of lips and heavy breathing made me delete all lectures I purchased. Great book! Recommend.