I bought Brazilian Portuguese Part II after listening to Brazilian Portuguese Part I. I have been to Brasil since using these cassettes and based on that experience, I am very pleased with the Pimsleur cassettes. I will positively purchase Brazilian Portuguese Part III whenever it is released. Portuguese spoken in Brasil is truly a beautiful language. I've tried many different language courses (most of them very short) and I can say without a doubt that the Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Products are the best.
The Pimsleur method itself is really quite good. I used the comprehensive Italian course and was quite pleased with my results. The problem with the "compact course" is that there really isn't enough "meat". By the end of this course I was quite comfortable asking " Do you speak Portuguese?" "Would you like something to eat?" and "Do you have escudos?" That, however is about the extent of the vocabulary one will pick up from this course. Really not worth 70 dollars.
These tapes cost too much for what they deliver. I love the Pimsleur method of teaching and have used their French tapes with much success. However, the speakers on these Portuguese tapes sound bored, the vocabulary is extremely limited, and unfortunately, you are not at all ready to use the language as a traveler when done with these tapes. I would love to see Pimsleur do justice to continental Portuguese.
This is an excellent follow-up to Brazilian I. It continues to expand content at a good pace - not too fast or too slow. I've tried everything to learn a language - books, classes, other tapes. But the Pimsleur approach is far and away the most effective method I've found.