Daniel Léo Simpson ~ Composer ~ San Francisco
This has got to be the most underrated and certainly the cheapest thing I've ever loved.
First, it's in English - so you have time to think of the Italian - then you hear the Italian and just when you think, "Gee, I didn't quite get that" they then repeat it slowly and carefully so you get every work clearly and distinctly.
The narrators are charming - you enjoy listening to them again and again. As if they have a personality - not someone hired by some mass-media company. And every so often some of the English words are (not often) adorably mis-pronounced. eg. "a baked potato" (baked pronounced to rhyme with 'naked' - so it becomes a 'bake-ed' potato ;).
There is understated humor in 4-5 line dialog that really make me smile. Like:
"I like that actress"
"The one who is in all the movies."
"Well that doesn't narrow it down very much"
It's not in your face funny or "trying" to be funny (which is always lame when done on purpose) but just amusing in it's own way without trying to be. Really cute. And you learn.
Buy this quick before it's removed. And there IS the book in iBooks over at iTunes. The title is almost "hidden" by being called: "613 Italian Dialogues With Audio" It's $14.99 and worth every penny because not only the audio is included in the text but it's looped for each dialog. Go over and have iTunes send you a 'sample' or 'preview' and you'll see what I mean. You won't regret this purchase. (p.s. I also have the German 74 dialogs with text done in the same way).