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As a note, this is the second set in the study group. Don't start with this set. You need to start with Thomas French Total, then move to Thomas French Perfect, and then to Thomas French Masterclass.
After studying 5 languages - Latin, Spanish, German, Italian, and now French, I can definitely say that you should start with Michel Thomas to learn French. If had started out in a traditional class listening to someone reading French while looking at the words, I would probably have pulled my hair out! The spoken words in most cases look nothing like the written words, even after taking other languages. Except for the consonants, C,R,F, and L, most other final consonants in words are not pronounced. Then the French take a normally unpronounced final consonant and not only pronounce it, but stick it on the front of the next word if it starts with a vowel or an always unpronounced H. On top of that, they run words together and don't pronounce entire syllables and even words in some of the most common expressions. But with Michel, even though he tells you what it is, and explains it, what you learn is the way to speak like a Frenchman. He has a fairly strong accent, but it only takes a little while to get used to it, but it's a lot better to learn from someone who grew up speaking the language and knows all the tricks that to learn how to pronounce French from a non-native speaker who learned it from another non-native speaker.
Given that, it is obvious that Michel Thomas is excellent for learning conversational French and how to actually communicate well in a French speaking country. Even if you are wanting to learn French for some competency exam, I would still start with Michel and then add books, aides, and possibly classes after that. For proof of how hard it is to learn to read and write French, I read in a book that French children have a terrible time in spelling contests. And they clearly learned how to speak French first.
Finally, after watching many French films and hearing many different dialects, I did some research and found that today, there are still about 20 recognized dialects in French all pronouncing French at least slightly differently, and in some cases, quite differently. In that book a Frenchman (obviously a scholar from Paris), was quoted as saying that almost no one, including the French people , pronounce French correctly. So bottom line, is that with Michel, you are learning how to speak French with what is clearly a native French pronunciation, and from someone who spent years on trying to develop his method that allows you to build quickly to being able to speak and make yourself understood in a lot of common situations. And if you learn from Michel, I think you might surprise that Parisian scholar and make him at least think that you learned how to pronounce French correctly!