"Starting Out in Arabic" by Living Language is definitely one of the best that I have encountered. I am using several Arabic language audio books in my personal effort to learn the Arabic language. This is based upon Arabic as it is spoken in Syria and numerous other Arabic-speaking areas (as opposed to the Arabic which is based upon the type of dialect spoken in Egypt).
EXCELLENT OVERALL TEACHING TECHNIQUE for non-book foreign language teaching. I also use others to learn Arabic - including Pimsleur + Rosetta Stone.
OUTSTANDING! While I can take-or-leave background music in this kind of thing, I'd like to give their teaching format the HIGHEST POSSIBLE rating for a non-book learning technique. I WISH I COULD FIND MORE LEVELS, right now I can find just 1 and 2.
This is an extremely basic intro to Thai. If you know anything about the Thai language or Thailand, 90% of this will be 'no-duh' info. I still picked up a few new things. Only 10 out of the 25 lessons are really focused on language, and they don't offer quite enough repetition for my liking.
I liked the dynamics of the two narrators, an American man and a Thai woman. They joke, share fun facts about Thailand, and teach some new things. There were some good facts about colloquial Thai that I hadn't heard elsewhere. And since I've never been to Thailand, I learned some things about the culture too.
I can't comment on the written material because I was driving/running the whole time I listened to it and I haven't gotten around to looking at the PDF.
:: This would be a great audiobook if you were going to Thailand for the first time and wanted to get excited for your trip. You'll learn a few words and phrases, but not anything substantial. ::
If you were going to Thailand and wanted to learn some useful sentences and phrases, I highly recommend this company's "Learn Thai - Survival Phrases" part 1 & 2. There are some great phrases and really helpful advice for someone traveling in Thailand.
If you're serious about learning Thai pick up the Pimsleur's Thai lessons 1-30 and listen to all 15 hours twice, doing the exercises out loud. This will give you a great spoken foundation and it has built in reviews. It's perfect if want to learn Thai while commuting or running and don't have time for written material. Once you're done with that go to learnthai podcast and sign up for their premium subscription. I'm finishing Pimsleur and starting learnthaipodcast and they're both great.
Sorry for being so long winded!