As I discussed earlier, an audiobook together with the corresponding transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.
Chinese for Beginners is an introductory book for busy learners starting out with Chinese. I previously enjoyed using its Korean language counterpart by the same publisher (reviewed here).
As far as I’m concerned, Assimil is one of the best kept secrets in language learning. They offer materials for a number of Asian languages, including