Starting out in the world of homebrew I jumped straight to Charlie's tome. He is after all a bit of a legend in the world of craft brewing. I agree that the style is great for beginners, treating technical subjects with the ease of a master.
What really frustrated me was the constant endless refrain that I might somehow be anxious about brewing beer and that I should "Relax and have a homebrew" usually accompanied by several exclamation marks like a 14 year old's instant message conversation. The fourth time I came across that in the opening part I wanted to throw the dratted tome across the room.