Editing Talk Audio with various volumes

So sorry for all of you professionals because I know close to nothing about this including the lingo associated with this. Please forgive me in advance and bear with me if you will. I know only as much as I have been able to learn from online tutorials. So please if you can answer this or get me in the right direction, I would be greatly appreciative.

I have taken on the job of editing our Pastor’s sermons from church. He range varies throughout the whole wave. I have tried using the envelope tool to adjust the wave when it is too loud, and I seem to have that part down good. But my problem is when he is too low (I can’t even make out a word), I use the amplify effect and it helps, but I can’t seem to get it to balance out with the previous level. When I playback the levels change dramatically…

I tried normalizing the entire wave and removing the D.C. offset (as suggested in a different forum) and I set the new peak amplitude to -1.0. I believe this helped with being able to hear him at his lowest, but it still doesn’t solve the levels being in such contrast one another.

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