4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Recommended, particularly for newcomers to networking.,
By A Customer
This review is from: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide (640-801) (Paperback)I recommend this book, particularly if you are new to networking. I found it easier to read and understand than the Cisco Companion Guides 1&2 and 3&4, with plenty of example scenarios (good practice for the exam). I really got the impression that the author was doing his best to get you ready.
However, you will miss out on NAT/PAT configuation, so you'll need to learn that elsewhere for the exam (basic NAT theory is included.) Also, there are quite a few mistakes and typos, but I also found the Cisco books well stocked up in those. If you can afford the Cisco books, then they will be a great reference guide for a future career in networking as they include much more detail and scope.
I found Todd's book an enjoyable read which is something I appreciated with such a dry subject matter - he even managed to add a little humour. I think it should be enough by itself to see through the exam (bare in mind that I also read the Cisco books prior to the exam), but make sure you don't leave any gaps and that you catch up on NAT config.