We ended up switching to Sonlight. It surprised me bc I didn't think I would like someone else's plan either - but I really do. It has saved me a TON of time and kept us moving along. I have to say that I rather like the pace myself, though sometimes we dropped a book just to keep moving. Ususally my son ended up reading it on his own without being asked or told to. And I like the booklist - for us it's been a good combo of old/classic and newer.
The LA comes with the instructor guides now (btw, they've re-done the IG's and they are awesome) and I rather like it. I think it's a mostly CM-style program, which made me happy. This will be our first year using their Bible as written (which is included in the IG/Core), so we'll see. After typing out the memory verses, I think it will be pretty good.
Finally, we decided to go with their science program as well, and it has been really great. Kids love the DVD w/experiments, and while there is a workbook included, there are only a couple of questions per day/lesson, and sometimes we just do them orally. I even had ds narrating the Usborne books - which really helped.
I never thought I would be that into a boxed curriculum - but it's just worked so well for our family. The kiddos were finally interested and engaged, and I wasn't spending hours tracking down books from various libraries or via amazon and figuring out our whole plan. The lessons are still short and we have time for all the "extras". The downside is, of course, the cost. BUT, it is well-done and you get TONS of books that my kiddo is already re-reading (he loves the Greek Myths one, go figure). Books are expensive, just a fact.
So bottom-line, if cost isn't a major issue, I give two thumbs up for Sonlight. :)