It's very hard to tell whether the tapes are right for you or not without hearing you actually say the phrases! I would guess you are a person who learns best from listening, so if that's how it goes in, that's fine.
I suspect the CDs might be Michel Thomas? I'm no fan of his but I do recognise that he helps people feel more confident about speaking.
I wouldn't normally plug my own stuff, but if you are a person who learns well from just listening, I would recommend my CD "I'm Learning Spanish" because it gives you basic phrases in a way you can listen and repeat without going into any explanations.
You can get it on my website www.croninlanguages.com
or from Bargain Books.