The Hobbit is a fun adventure story that is almost nothing like the more serious Lord of the Rings that follows it. The Hobbit is light-hearted and full of comical exploits. This story is ideal for younger readers, for anyone from aged 8 to 14. Adults should also enjoy reading this story, as it is a good old-fashioned adventure in the style of many of the adventure books of the 1950s. When I was a kid, my dad would read The Hobbit to my two older brothers and me before we went to bed. The main difference between The Hobbit and other adventure stories of that time is that Tolkein was a world-building genius, and he was able to influence all fantasy that has occurred since then.
In this story, an old hobbit named Bilbo lives a boring life inside his house inside a hill. One day he gets a visit from a wizard, who solicits his help to travel along with a band of dwarves to steal some treasure from a dragon. If I remember correctly (correct me if I am wrong), one of the main reasons they wanted Bilbo was to change their number from 13 to 14. At any rate, Bilbo goes along with them and on the way has many adventures, and changes his character from a bumbling fool afraid of everything to someone who is actually interesting and courageous.
This book is very exciting, and there is very little in this story that slows it down, unlike the much longer Lord of the Rings with its poetry and long passages of back story that make it difficult to read sometimes. This book gets 4 out of 5 stars.