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Stepping Down Audiobook

Stepping Down

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Publisher's Summary

Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife's secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury. Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?

Stepping Down is the eighth full-length novel from national best-selling author Michelle Stimpson. As the granddaughter of a pastor and the great-granddaughter of a bishop, she explores a conflict many spiritual leaders still encounter today. Listeners will enjoy this fast-paced, hard-hitting novel that addresses the ageless question: How can a man run the church if he can't run his own household?

©2013 Michelle Stimpson (P)2013 Michelle Stimpson

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    Pamela OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-14-14
    Pamela OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The narrater was awfull."
    What would have made Stepping Down better?

    Get rid of the narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Stimpson before, how does this one compare?

    the story line was good.


    How could the performance have been better?

    edit out the mistakes


    What character would you cut from Stepping Down?

    good characters


    Any additional comments?

    the narrator cleared his throat, and grossed me out. I thought something was wrong with the recording until I realized he was repeating the line because he was not reading it right.
    He kept mispronouncing the characters names. This was the worse narrator I have every listened to. Because of William Butler I really did not enjoy this book as much as I should have. Please, please review the people that read for you I can promise you will loose listeners If they have to listen to the gross way this man coughed and cleared his throat on the recording. It was truly gross. Michelle you books are really good please don't make this mistake again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcey Rawls 10-04-14
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    "Narration very disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Michelle Stimpson and/or William Butler?

    Not the narrator -- I may purchase another of the author's books.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Family unity and overcoming communication issues.


    What didn’t you like about William Butler’s performance?

    There were major problems with the clarity of narrator's speech. Inexcusable issues with (mis) pronunciation and enunciation of words. Lacked the appropriate inflections of the voice that would be expected of someone reading a book aloud. Unpolished, unprofessional.


    What character would you cut from Stepping Down?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 06-29-14
    Charlotte 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful performance by the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes but only if there is a different narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good story. I like the author's work.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was awful. He mispronounced many of the words. The "do-overs" we're not edited out. The volume shifted from low to high. Some of the text was skipped (I guess a recording malfunction) but consequently there were parts of the book I didn't hear. AWFUL JOB!


    Do you think Stepping Down needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes I would be interested in what happened with the ministry and the adopted son.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SC 03-28-14
    Amazon Customer SC 03-28-14
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    "Great Story, Not So Great Performance"

    I enjoyed the story and the characters...this was expected in a Michelle Stimpson book. The voice talent took away from the story because he disrupted the flow. It was hard to differentiate between character speech and the narration. There were errors...not one or two, but many. I don't mind an occasional error in an audibook because there is a lot of reading involved. He had many errors in a row and didn't even try to cover it up. You could hear him mumbling under his breath trying to get back on track. I might try reading a print version because it was over hard to concentrate on this audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. B. Mitchell Mobile, AL 04-27-15
    J. B. Mitchell Mobile, AL 04-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Turned Up 4 God

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    Unique story, because I haven't read many Christian fiction where the pastor was faithful. I really liked it when the pastor visits his relatives, and I LOVED the tone of the readers voice he really sounded like a pastor, but I only gave his performance a 2 because he repeated himself a couple of times and he cleared his throat and sinuses, YUCK!!

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    The story line great!!! The reader was horrible. The reader messed up the entire book. Absolutely the worst experience of Audible.

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    Karen 01-06-16
    Karen 01-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    The book was a good read. The narrator was rereading the book. He was taking deep breathes as well as talking while reading the book. Who doesn't re-record before submitting narration so without doing it right?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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