This program consists of 9 CDs containing a total of 106 lessons divided into three levels. Each lesson consists of between 15 and 30 words or phrases grouped together to illustrate a particular aspect of the language. Each phrase is spoken in English first followed by a brief pause, followed by the French translation and another pause. The first pause is for you to repeat the phrase if you already know it; the second pause is for you to repeat the phrase if you don't. As you repeat each lesson over and over, the number of instances where you can say a phrase before the French translation increases to the point where you ultimately know them all. The number of repetitions it takes depends on your particular aptitude for the language.
If you are a daily prisoner in a car like I am, the approach is nearly ideal. My particular method was to cover 6-8 lessons in a half hour period during my morning commute and then repeat the same lessons during my afternoon commute. Each day I would add one lesson to the end and subtract one from the beginning. Hence, the first day might be lessons 1-6, the second 2-7, the third 3-8, and so on. Eventually, you get to the end and start over. In my case, I never waited to achieve 100% comprehension before moving on. That may have been an mistake; I don't know. If you follow my method, it takes about 6 months of commuting to get thru the entire package once.
Three booklets are contained in the package, and each booklet lists the phrases covered on the CD and offers both the French translation as well as a brief explanation of the grammatical point being made. The grammar discussions are *very* brief and only serve to assist the learning process. This is by no means a French textbook. The material moves much faster than the Pimsleur CD set, but there are no dialogs, so it's a little less cohesive. This package also doesn't use the circular reinforcement that is characteristic of the Pimsleur method.
The course itself is quite thorough, going thru several tenses (present, past, compound past, immediate past, and future), conjugations, and situations (hotel, restaurant, shopping, time, money, etc), as well as some advanced concepts (present and past subjunctive). Everything is offered in the form of useful expressions, so you never feel you're being 'drilled'. Still, it's a full meal, not a brief traveler's introduction. My sense is that you probably get a little further into the language with this package than with the Pimsleur method, but I can't prove it.
In fact, the speed of the material is a bit of a problem. I got bogged down in the fourth CD, when the phrases got complicated to the point where I couldn't keep up with the pace. The further I went, the less of each lesson I understood. I think it's probably necessary to study the books about as much as you use the CDs, and that wasn't an investment I was willing to make. That's a shortcoming on my part, not the course's.
The other observation I would make is that all of the French is spoken a little too clearly and perfectly. I know that probably doesn't sound like a fault, but my experience is that I have a much, much harder time understanding a French speaker than I do speaking French. Within reason, I can say what I want, but I have a very difficult time understanding the response. If you are going to use this course, I recommend that you find an additional source of commonly spoken French, because the colloquial version is quite different from the American 'taught' version. In this regard, the "French In Action" videos are now available on the web, and you can view them for free. I find them an ideal companion to audio work.