This was the first book of "svenska" I got to help me "talar" it, and once I had the little berlitz dictionary and this book combined to witness a bit of grammar, they both make a wonderful combination. It depends on the person to who finds one method useful and who finds it useless to their capability to learn. THis is just one method out of several to learn a language. :)
I started learning Swedish phrases through reading this book but come to find out when I had a real Swede tutor me later on that the pronunciation of the words and phrases in the book were mostly wrong. It is a good book to learn quick vocabulary and phrases but be sure to learn the correct pronunciation first!
I purchased this tape and book package to acquaint myself with Swedish for a trip we are taking. I wanted to listen to it during my work commute. The tape is hard to follow without the book, is not consistent with information in the book and moves ahead much too quickly for a beginner. Don't bother.