Nice and easy to listen to, although don't be fooled, you shan't be speaking Italian in a few hours, it will take several listens.
I found version one better and although some of the phrases and words on version two seemed a bit pointless to me (just my opinion), this really has to be one of the best 'Learn Italian' audiobooks out there, and I have listened to a few in my time.
So, a recommended read, err, listen!
This audiobook will grow on you as you listen. I bought this because I am part Italian, and wish to brush up on the language before I go to visit my family.
One of my main problems with it is understanding what one narrator is saying. You will notice this from the very beginning of the audiobook, but thankfully, there are other peoples voices throughout the tape who speak much clearer.
The tape is divided up into 'Tasks' where you will learn vocabulary and phrases on a specific topic (such as questioning words, Airports/Hotels, grammar, restaurants and shopping, etc).
Overall, I'd say its a little rough around the edges, but you get to learn vocabulary and grammar that you would use in everyday conversation, which many self-learning audiotapes leave out - they are designed purely for tourists.
At the end of the day, its not that expensive, and would probably be worth getting for anyone who wishes to either learn the basics, or just improve on the language. (However, I'd probably recommend the 'Rapid Italian' series a little more than this for people just wishing to get a basic grasp of Italian - You won't learn as much, but I find them clearer, and I learn't more quickly with them).
I used the first 5 Pimsleur units before I was due to go for a long weekend to Venice. I'm definitley not a "natural linguist" (I was far from brilliant at French at school, even though I studied it for 6 years up to GCSE), however, this felt like a really easy way to learn a bit of conversational Italian for a short trip. If I had one ciriticism, it is that I really needed to learn how to read some things, just to order from a menu or read a street sign, and buying this off audible doesn't give you that option, even though, doing a bit of online research, I believe that these ought to come with a vocab booklet (which could easily have been included in the other units' downloads, e.g. as a pdf, I would suggest) though I shouldn't really add that as a criticism of this particular unit, since it is free! This free unit is just meant as a "hook" to reel you into buying more units, but don't let that put you off downloading it and then buying other Pimsleur units, they are really very good!
Unfortunately, I was too ill to go to Venice and had to cancel the trip, so I can't comment on how good it is in reality, but I certainly felt that I was making rapid progress and that I could get by on a basic level after the first 5 units!