The German Phase 1 lessons provide the language center of your brain a good beginner's introduction to German. It's one of four languages I've used in the Pimsleur series, some for initial training and some to review past training. I occasionally come back to these for a refresh. Not only is there audio. Pimsleur produces texts to accompany these lessons and Audible makes those available as PDF files, but it makes them difficult to find, leading me to ding this Audible product offering by one star. See directions below, under additional comments.
The "story line" mirrors other Pimsleur languages at the same stage: "excuse me, where is the hotel...", "good morning", "how are you, sir", "a beer please". Since you encounter authorities before you reach friends, it starts by getting you comfortable with formal pronouns, later introducing familiar forms. Most importantly, you get an intuitive sense of the grammar, in addition to learning by explanations, a real strength of the audio approach. The PDF text, provided, but hidden by Audible, helps clarify spelling and reading subtleties.
I'm amazed at the words and knack for the word order you can quickly pick up in the first few lessons, culminating with meeting people and exchanging essential pleasantries. From this base, the fluency grows.
Audible has done a surprisingly poor job alerting purchasers where to find the Pimsleur accompanying texts, used to introduce spelling and reading pronunciation of each Pimsleur written language. They do not show up at all on the Audible app shop nor in the web view of your library. For now, it's much too easy for an Audible customer to erroneously assume the essential, included tools are excluded from the Audible purchase. This inexplicable Audible gaffe is repeated across the entire Pimsleur product line.
HOW TO FIND THE TEXTS*: Go to the Audible web site. Go to the page describing the product. Look for the copyright notice at the bottom of the publisher's summary. Look just above that notice for a link "Download the accompanying reference guide", a link to an oddly named zip file, which you can download. Open the downloaded zip file to find oddly named PDF files containing the Pimsleur accompanying texts. Whether you need to be logged in is unclear, since I'm able to download texts for a language I have yet to purchase. Happy studies and travels!
* Audible should soon make this note obsolete and contact me to update this review.