I didn't start out by using Assimil's Le nouveau russe sans peine, I had two other high school books, but now I have recently started using this one, and I really think it's great. I have learn't lots of more useful things in the 11 lessons I've taken than my previous year of Russian at my highschool (but then school always sucks when it comes to languages, so...).
Has anyone else used it and wish to comment on it? I don't know how well it works if you are completely new to the language.
The only thing I'd like to complain about is how slow they speak on the recordings.