Might be because I was listening it as audio book. I know I didn't concentrate much on the story. I had to re-play it a couple of time just to get the story right and I still missed a lot of things. Though it's not really audio book's fault, it was recorded by Blackstone audio that I always trust not to bungle the reading. I admit the reader's twang perhaps annoy me a bit though it might be said it's authentic American voice. No, the fault lies more on my side. I was disturbed more times than I care to during the listening and I'm really committed to my regular reading of Doris Lessing's [b:The Golden Notebook|24100|The Golden Notebook|Doris Lessing|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347542179s/24100.jpg|99441]. Anyway, it's decent story, perhaps could touch me better on different occasion. I can relate to Ida's stance of appropriating Jackson as part of her and made those disastrous decisions she shouldn't have. It doesn't mean that she didn't annoy the hell out of me.An interesting thing that I listened this story after reading [b:Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep|13629711|Dreamland Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep|David K. Randall|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1339532790s/13629711.jpg|19237028] as Jackson's sleep problem reminded me of the chapter on Dreamland where a guy walk in his sleep and killed his mother-in-law..