I like that it’s the size of a small lightweight l paperback and filled with useful phrases, English-Spanish, Sanish-English dictionaries and even includes 14 pages on grammer (if you’re interested). The book is great to take on a trip or just learning/brushing up on the language.
I like that you don’t need the CDs. This book holds up well as a stand alone book. Since I drive a lot I will probably buy the CDs separately too because I like to listen to them in the car (currently borrowed the CDs from the library and they match the book exactly, word for word). FYI-I borrowed 4 different programs (CDs) from the library and surprisingly liked this Fodor’s version the best! It brings even a novice up to speed quickly with an easy non nonsense approach as though a Spanish speaking friend is helping you with the most useful information.