I find it very frustrating trying to listen to the Italian speaker when I choose 'slow.' In many instances, her breathing interferes with what she is trying to say.
Spanish and French are fine. I frequently just give up because I cannot hear what she is trying to say over her breathing.
Can you do something about it?
Personally I find it quite nice to know there is a real person behind all this. Also a lot of listening skills depends upon our practiced ability to guess what is being said. Keep on trying - it will become easier and it is more real-life. Also, who could resist a breathy "Ti amo" :)