If you've never studied Swedish, then Teach Yourself Swedish IS NOT the series for you. I consider myself pretty apt at language-learning and wanted to find an audio series that would help me learn Swedish from scratch. Previously, I had used an abridged Pimsleur audio guide to study Brazilian Portuguese and found it too slow. Also, it catered almost exclusively to banal tourist-speak.
I purchased the "Teach Yourself Swedish" book and CD because it promised that users would "progress quickly beyond the basics." Unfortunately, the series spends very little time on the basics. After a zippy rundown on vowels and consonants and a mind-boggling string of Swedish tongue-twisters, the series mmediately launched into fast-paced dialogues with no word-by-word, much less sentence repetition. I was drowning in a sea of words.
This isn't hands-free learning. The audio portion would be useless to a true beginner who was not simultaneously following along in the book.
However, I would recommend this course to someone that had already learned the elementary principles of the language. If you have taken a two-week intensive course or have spent several months in Sweden, then this would be an excellent stepping stone toward more thorough understanding of the spoken and written language.
I wouldn't be so annoyed if the packaging hadn't implied that this was a series for beginners.