I’ve finally listened to the recordings and here are a couple of comments — basically just my initial reaction:
There are some very good tips for learning included in the content. There are lots of standard sentences, lots of basics covered. I especially liked the fact that she asked a lot of questions. You don’t often hear that in language learning tapes.
The sound quality is very good and the speaker has a pleasant British voice and speaks very clearly. However, she also speaks unusually slowly (extremely slowly in the last recording!) and is often not particularly animated. On the other hand she does have a rather reassuring sort of voice.
Words that would almost always be contracted in spoken English are sometimes spoken as two words, e.g., “you are” instead of the normal “you’re”, “I will” instead of “I’ll”, “there is” instead of “there’s”, etc… That makes the recordings sound very unnatural. But contractions were used sometimes. Why sometimes with and sometimes without typical contractions? A specific grammar focus in that particular unit?
In a nutshell, the recordings are clear and slow enough for a learner to be able to pick out and identify words and structures easily, but wouldn’t be effective for practice in “real life” listening.
I assume the target customer here (for the extremely slow recordings) would be at an elementary level ?
By the way, in the Time management recording, she says “make a very good headway” (near the end of the recording). That tiny little word “a” bothered me (maybe more than it should have). Is the word headway really countable in British English?
What sorts of voicemail messages were sent? (Voicemail was mentioned in one of the recordings)